Yves Cochet

Yves Cochet

Yves Cochet was minister for territorial planning and for the environment under PM, Lionel Jospin. As a green activist for the past forty years, he has been a European MP for the European Green Party until june 2014 after spending almost twenty years as a parliamentary at the French national assembly. With a PhD in Mathematics, he also holds a teacher-researcher position at the national institute for applied sciences based in Rennes (1969-1997). His research is focused on the theory of neural networks. He has namely published “Stratégies et moyens de développement de l’éfficacité énergétique et des sources d’énergie renouvelable en France” (Documentation française 2005), “Sauver la Terre” (with Agnès Sinaï, Fayard, 2003), “Pétrole Apocalypse” (Fayard, 2005), “Antimanuel d’Ecologie” (Bréal, 2009), “Où va le Monde ?” (with Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Susan George and Serge Latouche, Mille et une Nuits, 2012).


The Next Thirty-three Years on Earth

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 […]

Preserving our Societies in the Face of the Collapse

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 […]

Phase Transition: Three World Models

“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 Collapse: Catabolic or Catastrophic?

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.