After the first day dedicated to plenaries, the second one saw the participants holding group talks on a wide range of topics. Scientists4Future were present to answer questions, and make the discussions stick to science.
Many working groups as this one were discussing diverse subjects
A group in which Michael Bloss took part established guidelines for an efficient political action, estimating that working with the established system was the most efficient way to initiate societal change. At the same time, in a room not far, a group talked about modes of action, and focused on the ways to mobilize public attention without the support of politicians. This diversity of tactics is one of the strengths of the movement, where people with very different backgrounds coexist and try to cooperate despite the diverging points of views. Often reduced to a monolithic group, the Fridays for Future tries shows this week its diversity, and tries to conciliate it. Without any leader, following a grassroot strategy, Fridays for Future takes its decisions by consent, being sure that everybody agrees with them.
Rather than focusing on the differences, the members of the summit are gathered in Lausanne to focus on what unites them: the emergency of the crisis, and the necessity to start a radical change in the world society.
Some guests were also taking part in the working groups. Jacques Dubochet took part in one of the groups, talking about climate anxiety. This phenomenon is the psychological process through which a lot of the people are going through, when confronted to the reality of the environmental crisis. Upon realizing the extent of the problem (ocean rise, species extinctions, temperature elevation, extreme, threatening to fundamentally change or eliminate life on earth) people go through mental phases, as they would in mourning. This begins to be known in the activist community, but less in the general public, even though the American Psychological Association wrote in a 2017 report that “gradual, long-term changes in climate can also surface a number of different emotions, including fear, anger, feelings of powerlessness, or exhaustion.” One of the hopes among the activists is that the anger directed towards them by some people in the society is a defense mechanism against the terrible scientifically proven truth, something that could be related to denial, which is the first step of acceptation, showing the beginning of this realization process.
Climate & Capitalism
Anja Kollmuss gave a talk about the links between the rise of the capitalism and the fossil energies which began at the Industrial Revolution and which serve to keep the people under control. Later, her colleague, Julia Steinberger, explained the links between economy (social science, without natural laws) and the physics and the culture cars. She did a pentagram with five steps shown how the car culture has decreed the last fifty years. The participants could debate about the capitalism and how exit of the car culture. We have observe the broad-spectrum concerning the ideas to quit the cultura car.