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COP21: Veolia, partner of the "We have the power: We are the change" exhibition.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) commissioned the agency Magnum Photos to produce 10 photographic reports which will be on display at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris (France) for two months from November 4. The "We have the power: We are the change" exhibition aims to share solutions to fight against climate change, in particular energy efficiency solutions. Veolia is supporting the exhibition.

A staple crop in more than 100 countries, rice production is critical to global food security. Flooded rice paddies emit about 20–30 million tons of methane per year, or 10% of agriculture’s total global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Methane emissions can be reduced by 30-50% through the alternate wetting and drying (AWD) farming that reduces flooding.

The world is caught between the need to meet growing energy needs and the need to protect the climate. Solutions to limit rising temperatures exist but none of them is sufficient by itself, and no actor alone is able to deploy them on a sufficient scale.

Photographers from the Magnum Photos agency have been travelling the world for two years to capture images of existing energy efficiency solutions, thus demonstrating that together we have the power to make a difference. Committed to the climate[1] ,  Veolia shares this conviction. That is why the Group wished to support the exhibition.

Snapshots to create agents of change

Optimizing the energy efficiency of housing in the Philippines, turning waste into an energy source in Brazil, generating electricity using geothermal energy in Kenya, using renewable energy in Trinidad and Tobago, and solar power in Liberia – all these solutions demonstrate that we all have the power to make a difference.
This exhibition will be held from 4 November 2015 to 4 January 2016 at the Musée de l’Homme[2] in Paris, which is also organizing a public lecture with climate experts and members of UNEP on 9 December at 6pm.

Rio de Jainero generates about 3.5 million metric tons of solid waste annually. Waste management is critical. Emissions from landfills account for 12 per cent of the world’s emissions of methane (CH4) a short-lived climate pollutant with a global warming impact more than 25 times that of carbon dioxide (CO2). Waste collection and recycling creates jobs. Closing open landfills to capture harmful methane emissions reduces climate change and provides a globally available source of energy.
The Rif Valley holds a treasure buried several kilometers beneath the earth’s surface: geothermal energy which could provide an answer to the continent’s energy shortage. Currently around 600 million people in Africa lack access to grid electricity, with the figure expected to rise to 700 million by 2030. The continent is increasingly looking to alternative energy sources to bridge that gap.
Over 50% of global oil demand comes from the transport sector.The transport sector is responsible for about 25% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Over 1,2 million people die each year on roads. 91% of the world’s fatalities on the roads occur in developing countries. Affordable, safe and clean mass transit systems improve access to mobility.
Cities are major contributors to climate change: although they cover less than 2 % of the earth’s surface, cities consume over 70 % of the world’s energy and account for 40 to 50 % of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. But in the heart of the city lies opportunities. The Grand Paris has piloted innovative ways to rethink urbanization with people and their wellbeing at its center.

To know more:

> The Magnum Photos agency : 
> The Musée de l’Homme and the climate:
> The UNEP initiative “We have the power”:
>Veolia’s climate solutions

[1] Last April, Veolia renewed its commitment to fighting climate change, by signing the "call by leading", among 43 CEOs of large international groups operating in 150 countries[2] The Musée de l’Homme reopens after undergoing nearly 5 years of renovation works.