REINVENTING life together (2020-2021)
It is true that we have problems, but we also have solutions. Many people are thinking up and experimenting with new ways of doing things. New ways of approaching culture, urban planning, environmental and social sustainability, the fight against poverty, participatory social design, the circular economy, tourism, and the integration of functional diversity, among other issues. The people involved in all these areas have been invited to take part in the REINVENTING life together cycle. The aim of the cycle is to inform and reflect on innovative responses to key social challenges that are being offered inside and outside of Malaga.
In 2018, LABMálaga launched its activities with “Radar. New ideas for a common future”. LABMálaga is a citizen’s laboratory promoted by the General Foundation of the University of Málaga and La Térmica, the Contemporary Culture Centre of Málaga Provincial Council.
The ecological risks of inequality and the risks for humanity when we turn our backs on nature
21 September, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.
La Térmica (Av. De los Guindos, 48. Málaga)
Speaker: Fernando Valladares
The COVID-19 pandemic poses a direct challenge to our socio-economic model. According to Fernando Valladares, the root cause of the pandemic is environmental and induced by humans, the same as climate change. The factors which have led to this disaster include the destruction of ecosystems, overexploitation of resources, poverty and inequality in the context of unprecedented globalisation. What ecological risks does inequality bring? What risks do we run by moving further and further away from nature? Will we be able to reverse the trends in time? How can we and how should we do so? What protection does nature offer us that technology cannot? Will we learn anything about COVID-19 beyond the biology of the virus and how to deal with it from a health perspective? These are some of the questions Valladares will try to answer from his heterodox and cross-sectional vision of a pandemic that still has us overwhelmed no matter how much we want to turn the page. See Fernando Valladares talking about the coronavirus crisis here.
Research professor at the Consejo Español de Investigación Científica (Council for Scientific Research) (CSIC), where he leads the Ecology and Global Change group at the National Museum of Natural Sciences. He is also the director of the International Laboratory on Global Change and professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Since 2015 he has been a highly cited scientist in the fields of ecology and environment (ranking in the top 1% of scientists with the greatest impact in the world). His research has focused on the interaction between environmental and social changes and their impact on terrestrial ecosystems. Together with his research work, Valladares is involved in ecological restoration projects and in disseminating science in general, and the ecology of global change in particular, through his website and “The health of humanity” channels on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as well as in media such as eldiario.es, where he regularly publishes in the Critical Science section.