How will our consumption and our lifestyles have to change as we transition to a post-fossil society? Do we already have to do without now? What will we gain, what will this new quality of life look like? The sociologist Juliet Schor has long worked on issues of the economy, consumption and the American lifestyle. The focus of her work is environmental sustainability, responsible consumption and its impact on the economy and lifestyles. She is, among other things, the co-founder and chair of the "Center for a New American Dream".
Juliet Schor, sociologist, Boston College and author of "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth"
What is the role of government in the environmental crisis?
What is the state´s role in the transition to a sustainable society? How can politics effectively promote an ecological transformation? How important is politics and what role do citizens have to play? How far may the state intervene in our (private) lives?
Lecture Chandran Nair, founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow; author of "Consumptionomics. Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet" (Hong Kong)
Can a sustainable future be reached through changes in individual behaviour? What role can and must individual action and local "bottom-up" approaches play in transforming our society and what approaches are there? Where are their limits?
On the Ecological Art of Living Lecture Wilhelm Schmid, free philosopher and author of "Ökologische Lebenskunst" (D)
What could an ecological art of living look like? How can we get there -- how do we have to change our behaviour, what can we contribute as individuals? What new interpretations and concepts do we need?
On the limits of individual action What role can and must individual changes in behaviour play in the transformation to a sustainable future? What limits do these contributions have in light of their individualised and apolitical character? Do we not need to instead change political institutions, don't we need political movements?
Debate Wilhelm Schmid Martin Unfried, expert for European environmental policy, European Institute of Public Administration and columnist for the taz newspaper ("Ökosex") (D)
Facilitation: Tilman Santarius, head of International Climate and Energy Policy, Heinrich Böll Foundation (D)