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Ecological Transition and Right to the City

Saturday, 5 December, 2015


Meeting of the Global Platform for the Right to the City, within the People's Climate Summit

5th DECEMBER, 19h00

Montreuil  Salle des Fêtes de l’Hôtel de Ville, Place Jean Jaurès- 93 100


  • To debate on right to the city’s contribution to ecological transition
  • Strengthen articulations between urban and ecological movements, and between local governments and social movements

What challenges does urbanization raise in regard to climate change? How to face ecological transition in cities and how to reinvent the commons?

According to the UN, in 2050, 70% of world’s population will live in cities. While most of greenhouse gas emissions are produced in cities, and the consequences of climate change firstly affects the most precarious,  is this predominant urbanization model sustainable for our planet? How to approach ecological transition in cities in order to ensure well-living and environmental rights for all? How to think urban development regarding its articulation with the rural? How to support new urban citizenships, connected to their rural and periurban surroundings? How to boost popular ecology for all? What policies for resilience at local level? 

The debate will be divided in two parts:

  1. Climate change challenges from the urban
  2. Alternatives from the Right to the City

It will be moderated by Gustave Massiah, with the participation of:

  • Amaranta Herrero, sociologist
  • Augusto Barrera, former Mayor of Quito and FLACSO researcher
  • Bachir Kanouté, ENDA-ECOPOP coordinator
  • Gustavo Petro, Mayor of Bogotá
  • Dimitri Rossopoulos, Montréal Urban Ecology Center co-founder
  • Lorena Zarate, Présidente de la Coalition Internationale pour l'Habitat (HIC)
  • Jordi Borja, Président de l'Observatorio DESC (Barcelone)
  • Jean-Baptiste Eyraud, DAL
  • Eva Herrero, Barcelona Commissioner for Ecology