Films can be registered in one or more categories from the following three competitions.
The Great Environmental Challenges
1 - Fight and Adaptation to Climate Change
The challenge of adaptation to natural risks and the fight against the impact of climate change
Global warming, the rise of the oceans, floods, forest fires and desertification: the long- lasting modification of the global climate, due to natural phenomenons or resulting from human activities, requires the reduction of our use of fossil energy, as well as the improvement of the energetic performances and the production of renewable energies. This means taking individual and collective measures by organisations, public administrations, corporations, and everyone; as such, it will offer opportunities for economic, social and environmental innovations.
3 - Seas, oceans, and water environments
The protection of the biological equilibriums of the seas, oceans, corals, and the aquatic natural spaces of the lakes and rivers
For centuries, humanity acted as if seas and oceans, the actual lungs of the earth, as well as lakes and rivers, were infinite resources capable of feeding us and absorbing all our wastes. Against the inexorab
2 - Preservation of the Biodiversity
The preservation of fauna, flora and the natural environments
The preservation of natural areas and their resources is a necessity. Furthermore, the connection to biodiversity is a source of education for the respect of nature and its beauty, its richness being a source of awakening and inspiration. The continued existence of this natural inheritance must be safeguarded for the survival of fauna and flora, their reproduction and development and the protection of their natural grounds, which is the only way of favoring the diversity of the ecosystems.
The Fields of Ecological Application
4 - The energy transition
Solar, wind, geothermal, marine and biomass energy as well as the control of the energy consumption
Research, development, undertakings and projects are multiplying in the field of renewable energies, new technologies are being implemented by corporations and public administrations. These actions for a sustainable development will spare natural resources and provide a better energetic efficiency.
6 - Housing, territories and living environment
As a great consumer of resources, energies and a source of artificialization of the soils and of greenhouse gas emissions, our housing has a strong impact on the climate and biosphere.
To conceive, develop and maintain a “sustainable city”, is a fertile ground for environmental, cultural, social and economic innovations, thanks to adequate infrastructures and strategies, a network of associations, incubators, fablabs and “third-places”. Shared mobility, a housing of high environmental quality, low consumption yet accessible for all , are the conditions of a greater quality of social life , as a growing part of the population imagines its life in locations in harmony with nature : new rurals, communities, eco-places and other alternative lifestyles.
8 - Sustainable Production and the Circular Economy
Modern methods of production have lead to a growing exploitation of natural resources that affect both the climate and biological diversity. To build a new model of development implies discovering energy-saving production methods that could create potential new economic activity and jobs through the treatment of water and waste, reuse of raw materials, or recycling electronic waste.
5 - Agriculture and sustainable resources: soils, seas and forests
Responsible agriculture, soil and forest management and resources, the fight against deforestation
Sustainable agriculture, permaculture, biodynamic, agroecology, sustainable breeding : the management of resources aims at preserving the soils and reduce waste products while allowing for the perpetuation of species on a long term basis. The protection and management of forests and wood resources help to develop economic, environmental and social goals that increase their resilience.
7 - Eco-tourism and Responsible Travel
Sustainable Tourism on Land and Water, in Cities and the Countryside
The eco-tourist is a responsible traveller who consciously works to limit his or her impact on the environment: he travels in natural environments where resources and populations are respected. The lone traveller discovers landscapes and eco-systems, creates exchanges with the populations he meets, safeguards the sites. Slow tourism, eco-tourism on rivers or in forests, even rural or urban, is the opposite of mass-tourism.
9 - Responsible Consumption and Eco-labels
Eco-labelled products, Fair trade, Collective Consumption
To engage in responsible consumption as a consumer means being aware of geographic origin, buying regionally or locally, favouring a label respectful of the environment, promoting fair trade, reducing use of packaging, fighting against over-consumption, using selective waste-sorting, and giving preference to usage over ownership.
10 - Quality of Life
Quality of life through the protection of the environment, health safety and prevention, treatment and quality of water, air and soil, waste management
The impact of human activity on the health of both the public and the environment is an accepted reality. The stress of overpopulation, shortage and pollution of water sources, degradation of soils due to pesticides and intensive agriculture, deforestation, and air pollution due to industrial emissions all negatively affect the health of both humanity and our natural environment.
12 - Disability, Diversity, and Solidarity
Solidarity, Development, and Humanitarian aid projects all work to relieve human suffering for a wide range of stakeholders and target populations. Often led by NGOs and associations, this work not only helps victims of natural or man-made disasters; it also fights precariousness, illiteracy, poverty, and promotes cultural diversity and education, health-care, access to energy and food.
14 - Demographic Transition
The ageing of western populations on one hand and migratory influx on the other profoundly change every aspect of our societies: economic, environmental and social. For the elderly, this means housing and transportational adaptation, social protection funding for loss of autonomy, specific medical innovations. For refugees, economic and climatic migrants, rural exodus, they need to be welcomed, be given housing and job opportunities and social protection. The intergenerational transmission and preservation of cultural heritage and ancestral lifestyles are also key issues. Finally, the increase of the world population influences the environment; its degradation or its salvation depends on the chosen politics and the actions taken.
11 - Organisations and Social Responsibility
The responsibility of corporations, individuals and organisations as to their effect on society
The social and environmental commitment of a corporation (CSR) means that corporate leadership integrates social responsibilities in their activities and investments: well-being at work, in-house training, equal opportunities, occupational health, environmental care, respect for the public.
13 - Innovations and Technological Leaps
The new technological revolution aims at a sustainable future with a diminished footprint on the environment: bio-sourced resins, eco-materials, biometric ergonomics, nanotechnologies ...These innovations give shape to a sustainable industrial future, and are the roots of a knowledge economy in an inter-connected world of big data.
15 - Beyond Covid
It has been a year since our lives changed.
The pleasure of living, culture, travel and social interaction have been severely restricted. Working conditions have been disrupted (teleworking, bankruptcies, unemployment) in a difficult social climate. But at the same time, we have also witnessed a rebirth of community spirit, a redefinition of our priorities with a new relationship to space and time, to ourselves, to our loved ones, and to others, but also to the common good of health and the environment. This naturally leads to a better understanding of our interactions with ecosystems. How do these changes affect our way of life since the pandemic? And what paths do they suggest for designing a desirable future?