States, companies, organizations and the general public are already adapting to climate change. Meanwhile, a wide array of innovations have been designed or implemented for this purpose. The Grand Palais came up with the idea of enabling people to find out about these solutions for combating global warming during the “Solutions COP 21” Exhibition, which was held between December 4 and 10.
Every audience, including children, their parents, and professionals was able to find out about the innovations that are already in place, and those that will be rolled out in the future in an area covering over 4,000 m². This was a way to gain a better understanding of the challenges posed by global warming, and to seize the opportunities ultimately provided by the need to move towards sustainable societies.
The Grand Palais came up with the idea of enabling people to find out about these solutions for combating global warming during the “Solutions COP21 ” Exhibition
Over 350 conferences were therefore on offer, in order to find out more about the link between the circular economy and the climate, to increase your understanding of air pollution or recycling, or else find out about the way in which companies, industry, and farming are currently adapting to environmental disruption.
Young people were also able to attend fun and educational workshops at the Grand Palais, such as the question & answer game entitled “Are you COP or not COP?” provided by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). Furthermore, the cultural sector, which was also represented in the tour, offered an interpretation of the effects of global warming via the exhibition of works created by 16 artists in residence, and the screening of films, as well as the availability of books and comic books on sale at the bookshop in the middle of the vast room within the Paris building. For instance, visitors had the opportunity to find out more about the dietary challenges facing the world, and the role played by women farmers thanks to the “Au goût du monde” (According to the World’s Tastes) Exhibition organized by Marion Gaborit. This was a photographic display that told the unusual story of women in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America, whose courage is equaled only by their calling, i.e. to feed the world.
Pavilions and solutions
Families, bystanders, or professionals could also simply walk around the gallery, and discover the pavilions of the companies and organizations that are offering innovative solutions for combating climate change.
Danone’s evian and Volvic brands specifically invited visitors to fully immerse themselves in the world of water, via a display of scenes from nature that enabled them to understand initiatives aimed at protecting water, such as the Terragr’eau methanization unit, or the Water Institute by evian. « We wanted to stimulate the senses via this (latest) event: not only sight, but also hearing, by broadcasting birdsong, or the sound of rain falling”, explains Patrick Lachassagne, the Head of Environment and Water Resources at the Water Institute by evian at Evian Volvic World, who was at the pavilion.
Visitors could also find out more about the second life of bottles and the recycling of plastic. “Our pavilion’s flagship event was the opportunity to watch “Created by Nature, protected by Man”, the film directed by Jérôme Bouvier, which lasts for eight minutes. The film crews came to the Evian catchment area (the area where rainwater and snowmelt filter into the ground) throughout the seasons, and travelled as far as Indonesia to find out about Evian’s initiatives to restore mangroves, which are forests where the roots grow in water, and which capture carbon naturally.
This new technology immerses the viewer in the very heart of the natural environment, and was something that the 42,000 visitors to “Solutions COP21” were able to experience.
« The pace is slow and peaceful, like the pace of the environment” adds Patrick Lachassagne. Jérôme Bouvier, a member of the Wild Touch team, an organization set up by Luc Jacquet, the director of March of the Penguins and of Ice and the Sky, was therefore able to illustrate the French NGO’s logo “You protect what you love more closely” in pictures, and to explain the nature of the mineral water that consumers drink day after day, enable them to understand its 100% natural origin, and enlighten them about a fragile and subtle cycle that needs to be protected.
Accordingly, each visitor was able to sit down on a mountain built for the occasion, and watch this short film, thanks to an ocular headset that offered them an augmented reality experience. This new technology immerses the viewer in the very heart of the natural environment, and was something that the 42,000 visitors to “Solutions COP21” were able to experience.