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In London, the Planet Under Pressure Conference shows us a little bit of how Rio+20 may looklike. Fonte: Jornal da PUC

For five days, a multidisciplinary staff of PUC-Rio’s professors attended Planet Under PressureConference, in London, seeking to deepen its knowledge on environmental issues and tostrengthen relations between PUC and lectures and organizers of the two events that willshake the Gávea Campus a week before Rio+20: the Forum on Science, Technology andInnovation for the Sustainable Development, promoted by the International Council forScience (ICSU) and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), while theother event, Fair ideas, is being organized by the International Institute for Enviroment andDevelopment (IIED).

Alcir de Faro Orlando (Mechanical engineering), Camila Barata (NIMA), Fernando Walcacer(Law), Lilian Saback (Social Media), Luiz Felipe Guanaes (Geography), Marcos Cohen(Management), Maria Fernanda Lemos (Architecture), Pedro Cunca Bocayuva (InternationalRelations Institute) and Tácio Campos (Civil Engineering) attended to the debates on theplanet’s situation, took part on the group dynamics and presented panels during theConference. Back to Rio, the report made by the chief of PUC-Rio’s delegation in London,NIMA’s director, Luiz Felipe Guanaes was a positive one: “We had the opportunity to watchand to discuss with many personalities of the scientific and technological internationalcommunity. I believe that we have aligned with the magnitude of the events our university isabout to host.”

Among the renowned participants were Nobel-prize winner Yuan-Tseh Lee (chemistry, 1986),also president of the International Council for Science (ICSU). The scientist will open the Forumon Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development, that will gatheraround 500 scientists on the Gávea Campus of PUC-Rio, from June 11 to 15. Yuan-Tseh Leetalked with our University’s professor and confessed that:

“-Brazil, China and India, countries on their turning points need to show the world a newway to “ be developed”. If they repeat whats been considered as “developed” until now, theenvironmental services our planet grants us will collapse. Scientists around the world needto reinvent themselves in the premise that to develop may not necessarily mean whats beendone nowadays.”

The message sent by ICSU’s president was well received by PUC-Rio’s professors. Each oneof them enjoyed the opportunity of taking part in the Planet Under Pressure to gather newinformation that strengthen the routes to reach our common goal: to contribute to theformation of sustainable citizens through education and the realization of scientific researchthat may be put to practice for a better planet.

 

 

 

 

Lilian Saback integrated PUC-Rio’s delegation in London and counted with the whole staff’scollaboration in this reports effort. Check the daily coverage of Planet Under Pressure:

PUC-Rio’s delegation first on “Planet Under Pressure”, London

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Bicycles usage as an indicator of social disparity reduction

Scientists emit “State of the Planet Declaration”

Marcos Cohen - Management
“ The Conference gave us a sense of urgency for courageous decision making by governors,businessmen and citizens, seeking to reduce green-house gases emission and the pressureon the planet’s natural resources. Our current top-down emphasis on agreements betweennations has not been enough to deal with the challenges. It will be necessary to include allsocial actors groups in the discussions, in a more interconnected, participative way.”

 

 

Tácio de Campos - Civil Engineering
“I was particularly impressed by the existence of a new area of scientific- technologicalactivity, denominated Geo-engineering, which comprehends the development of engineeringtechniques that enables survival in the Planet, in case of failure, in just time, of minimizing theever growing effects that follow the emission of green-house gases. It was clear the need ofhaving an Institute or something similar, that proposes to develop research integrating all basicsciences (physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics) and all engineerings.”

 

Felipe Guanaes - Geography
“To PUC-Rio’s delegation, the rich interdisciplinary dialogue was a very valorous experience.The different visions, methods and perceptions of the professors enriched the debate in theConference sessions, as well as on the Conference overview.”

 

 

 

Maria Fernanda Lemos - Architecture
“The debates reinforced the alerts on the socio-environmental crisis and reaffirm that we maystill consolidate values and practices potentially capable of re-orienting the socio-economicaldevelopment in the world. We cannot loose this chance. PUC’s community, that will receivea important debate, must be specially motivated to promote this re-orientation in its ownenvironment.”

 

 

Pedro Cunca - International Relations
“The meeting expresses the strong movement of the scientific community, mainly of north-American, Anglo-Saxon and Brazilian scientists. The objective is to represent NU documentstoo. So what we expect from Rio+20 is that those chemical models may also be reproduced inother to achieve concrete results on climate changes.”

 

 

 

Alcir Faro Orlando - Mechanical Engineering
“There is still much to be done so we achieve our objectives in the energy and climate areas.Rio+20 may establish sustainability criteria, mainly about social welfare, as well as a morerational energy usage and more precise climate previsions. PUC-Rio is ready for the challenge.”

 

 

 

Fernando Walcacer - Law
“ I believe that science is increasingly approaching a interdisciplinary perspective. Theemergency of the environmental question has forced many environmentalists, economists,sociologists etc. to deepen their conversation, and this approach will certainly benefit futuregenerations. The Congress has recognized the emergence of the anthropocenic – a geologicalera marked by human activity impacts on the biosphere, isolating even more the skeptics onclimate change.”

 

 

Camila Barata - Nima
“My main collocation is related to the many contractual and operational advances obtained.The gathering of the staff was an enriching experience, academically (PUC’s professorsthematic pairs and table organizers, from ICSU and IIED) and operative as well.”

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