The notion of “collapse” illustrates a set of simultaneous factors that would incapacitate – temporarily or definitively – the biosphere to offer adequate living conditions.

Collapse Is Not a Bug, It Is a Feature

Seminar by Ugo Bardi, October 12, 2017 December 2017

“It would be some consolation for the feebleness of our selves and our works if all thing should perish as slowly as they come into being; but as it is increases are of sluggish growth, but the way to ruin is rapid.” Lucius Anneaus Seneca (4 BCE-65 CE), Letters to Lucilius, n.91, 6 (translated by […]

The Next Thirty-three Years on Earth

November 2017

The Green Party (Les Verts in French), the first unified political ecology organization, was created thirty-three years ago. As of today, this party’s representatives have been elected to nearly all of France’s elective offices, and all for close to nothing. From an ecological stance, the geo-bio-physical state of France – of Europe and the World […]

The Economy : a Process of Self-organized Criticality

Seminar by François Roddier, April 21st, 2017 April 2017

Similarly to all living beings, human societies are dissipative structures. By deriving circles around a critical point the dissipative structure creates mechanical work. It alternates between abrupt phase transition and continuous phase transition. The state of the economy, like the metabolism of all living beings, may be described using Gibbs’s thermodynamic potential. Demand is associated […]

The Île-de France : a Resilient Bioregion by 2050?

Seminar by Agnès Sinaï, Benoît Thévard, Mireille Ferri and Pierre Serne, March 24th, 2017 March 2017

Fossile fuels – which is the energy source characteristic of the Industrial Revolution – have significantly altered landscapes. The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman speaks of the “liquefaction” of territories, in which cities and countryside intermingle in undifferentiated areas. Material flows have taken over spaces that are administered by a “free-floating” sovereignty, faced with an unsure global […]

‘Milieu’, Robustness, Conviviality, Counter Environment, Optimization, Complexity

Seminar by Olivier Rey, November 18, 2016 June 2016

The Limits to Growth report was published in 1972. It resulted from a study conducted by the Club of Rome – a think tank made up of scientists, economists, senior officials and industrialists. It warned that, if unimpeded, the development model embraced since the European Industrial Revolution would exceed the finite natural resources on which […]

Preserving our Societies in the Face of the Collapse

Seminar by Yves Cochet, April 22nd, 2016 April 2016

After the collapse, will people still form societies, in the absence of governments? And, if so, how will they contain the violence internal to the group they will have formed? A substantial majority of human beings live in States, meaning a territory and population under the rule of a single political power able to define […]

Social Cohesion in Times of Prolonged Recession. Spain, Greece, Portugal.

Seminar of the 14th of February 2014 by Alice Canabate February 2014

The 2008 global economic and social crisis continues to be debated, reinterpreted and explained. For some, it can be seen as cyclical, structural or civilizational. For others, the disastrous effects of this global crisis are still amplified and not a single analyst seems to be able to propose solutions. The most vulnerable populations are at […]

Reduced Net Energy, the Final Frontier of the Anthropocene

Seminar of the 13th of December 2013 by Benoît Thévard December 2013

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Should the concept of resilience be saved?

Seminar of the 20th of September 2013 by Hugo Carton, Raphaël Stevens & Pablo Servigne September 2013

Today, the concept of resilience is everywhere. Its success possibly stems from the fact that it can be used in a context of choc, trauma, disturbance… or “crisis”. But can this concept really be applied to societies? Can we truly measure resilience? Could it help us understand the dynamics of a potential civilizational collapse and […]

The Road Towards an Oil Free Agriculture

Seminar of the 12th of April 2013 by Pablo Servigne April 2013

We have passed the global peak of conventional fossil fuel production. Numerous other non-renewable resources will follow a similar decline. Hence, it seems very possible that within a few years, we will witness the collapse of industrial food systems. How should we organise a transition towards more resilient food systems that are completely disconnected from […]

The Politics of Catastrophe

Seminar of the 15th of March 2013 by Luc Semal March 2013

During the 2000’s decade, two social movements, the degrowth movement in France and Transition Towns in the United- Kingdom, have contributed, both in parallel, to a renewal of the green political landscape. The catastrophist dimension of these two movements, understood as a form of political thought based on the anticipation of major ecological shifts (peak […]

Uncrash Program

Seminar of the 23th of November 2012 by Marc Zischka November 2012

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Phase Transition: Three World Models

Seminar of the 28th of September 2012 by Yves Cochet September 2012

“We cannot win against entropy, but we must act as if we could”, Marc-Aurèle, (Pensées pour moi-même, p.170) and Ugo Bardi (conference, 4th of Mai 2011). It is vain to claim that we can describe the future as precisely as we can the past. Nevertheless, one of the key concerns of economic and political actors […]

The Red Queen Syndrome

Seminar of the 6th of April 2012 by François Roddier April 2012

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The Impossible Decoupling Between Energy Consumption and Economic Growth

Seminar of the 25th of November 2011 by Thierry Caminel November 2011

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The Collapse: Catabolic or Catastrophic?

Seminar of the 27th of May 2011 by Yves Cochet June 2011

Let us call “the collapse” of contemporary globalised society the process at the end of which basic needs (water, food, housing, clothing, energy, mobility, and security) are no longer provided to a majority of the population by state-controlled services.