Towards an international river…

Towards an international river…

We are delighted to be a partner in the project “Vers une internationale des rivières et autres éléments de la nature…” launched by the Institut d’études avancées de Nantes and Lieu Unique, based on a proposal by Camille de Toledo, for the next three years, 2023-2026

Image credits: Crédits image : Bruno Marmiroli

Camille de Toledo, writer and research associate at the Institut d’études avancées (2023-2026 term), continues his work on the rights of nature and the legal personalization of ecosystems. Vers une internationale des rivières… is a collective narrative that will be punctuated by three highlights over three years. Through public hearings, the aim is to define the contours of a transition to a “terrestrial political economy”, based on the hypothesis of an extension of nature’s rights into the 21st century.

The first highlight will focus on a question that has long been sidelined: how does nature work?

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See you on November 18, 2023 – from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Le Lieu Unique in Nantes for the first “Les travailleurs terrestres” event. The event will also be accessible via live streaming

“We live in a time of Earth manifestations… Working the soil, working the rivers, working the animals at various stages of history, working photosynthesis to produce the air we breathe, working the subsoil that has served as the basis of our fossil fuel economies…

Today, the productive forces of animals, plants and minerals are gradually emerging from invisibility. And we have to ask ourselves: what would an economy look like where human workers fought alongside non-human workers? What kind of world could emerge from a common struggle to redefine the working conditions of natural entities?

At a time when, on every continent, citizens are mobilizing to recognize the legal personality of nature’s entities, this citizens’ project will look for ways to reorganize work and value, to redirect them towards life.”

– Camille de Toledo, June 2023

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COALITION, 15 years of art and ecology

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    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

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