ACFAS Congress in Gatineau: “essential to engage in a dialogue”
The thousands of scientists gathered in Gatineau this week are mobilized around the need to create stronger ties with the general public.
“The discourse based on scientific facts sometimes has difficulty to prevail in the public square,” says the president of the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS), Lyne Sauvageau, opening convention Monday morning.
The symposium “An ecological economy for Quebec: How to operationalize a necessary transition” was the perfect subject to embody this theme of the dialogue between researchers and society, according to the Rector of the University of Quebec in the Outaouais, Denis Harrisson.
“Thirty or forty or so years ago, scientists began to warn us that our economic development poses a danger to our planet. They preached in the desert for many years, “says Harrisson.
To launch the conference on the transition to an ecological economy, artist and environmental activist Dominic Champagne was invited as a speaker. He wanted to send a clear message to the scientists gathered: their work is essential for the fight against climate change.
“I have to be credible when I contact the entire Union des artistes directory for a campaign. I need to make the alert message that I’m launching is that of science. ”
“You have a duty to commit yourself and to make your voice heard,” says Champagne to the participants of the ACFAS congress.