On Thursday, 30th January more than 200,000 participants from 80 sites around the world will take part in the fifth edition of the French Institute’s Night of Ideas. The theme of the night’s debate, “Being Alive”, will explore ecological balance and humanity’s relationship with the world. Canadian YRE student Kristin Rodrigo will join the debate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris as one of three young activists there to discuss biodiversity and climate change. The event will be hosted by the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves le Drian and Minister of Ecological Transition Elisabeth Borne, and journalist Hervé Gardette will facilitate the discussion.
As a zoology student, Kristin brings to the table her passionate and informed views on wildlife conservation and biodiversity. Her work and studies focus on what human beings can do to protect the living world during this critical time for the environment. Kristin also notably represented YRE at COP24 in Katowice, where she addressed the link between biodiversity protection and indigenous peoples. Kristin and the other young activists will use the occasion to present solutions and advocate on behalf of younger generations for climate action and biodiversity protection.
Follow along with Kristin at the Night of Ideas on YRE social media:
More information about the event can be found on the French Institute’s website: https://www.lanuitdesidees.com/fr/program/soiree-de-lancement-de-la-nuit-des-idees-2020-1/