Preparing for tomorrow’s environmental challenges: Sustainability, Technologies, Innovation
This course is open to anyone interested in understanding better what the environmental crisis is made of, and where are the myths and the realities. What does sustainability mean? Is there really plastic in our food? How is climate change affecting us? Participants will get the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the environmental crisis but also identify and discuss the ideas and solutions that would help us shape a more sustainable future.
The course will rely on data-driven content from scientific and reliable sources but also media support such as videos and documentaries. Experts in their fields will be invited for interventions followed by debates on specific subjects. Each session is two hours on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm at Lebanon Support in Beirut, starting on July 3rd (4 sessions).
The course will tackle the following topics:
1. What is the environmental crisis? How did we get there? This session introduces the course and retraces the origins of climate change and the environmental crisis, while looking at concepts such as sustainability and renewability. We will discuss nature and its cycles, how us humans have been interacting with our environment, and what is the impact on our lives.
2. It’s all about energy:This session will focus on energy. Energy is at the source of all human activities, it is as well one of the important causes of the environmental crisis. We will discuss the ways of using energy in a rational and sustainable way, as well as how to produce it. Technical, political, legal and financial aspects will be tackled.
3. Food, agriculture and sustainability: This session tackles the essential relationship between agriculture, climate change and sustainability. We will look at the damages created by intensive agriculture and the agribusiness industry and discuss the existing alternatives.
4. Waste, waste and more waste: From single-use plastic to fast-fashion, our modern lives are surrounded by waste. The search for convenience, rapidity and affordability have made our oceans, land and air filled with pollution. During this session, a special focus will be made on the Lebanese trash situation and the necessary actions that should be taken.
5. Technology, innovation and sustainability: Is Tech good or bad for the planet? Can the private sector combine profitability and impact? This session will look at the latest innovations and the challenges and opportunities created by the third and fourth industrial revolutions. Nature and its cycles, humans and how they work
Dr. Ounsi El Daif is cofounder of the Lebanese NGO Jibal, and is the CEO of Eedama, company based in the UAE that does education and training to sustainable development. He is originally a physicist who studied in France and Switzerland, he got his PhD in 2007 from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). Until 20015 he was researcher in the field of solar photovoltaic energy in world-class scientific labs (EPFL, Lyon nanotechnology Institute in France, IMEC in Belgium, QEERI in Qatar) as well as University lecturer (Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and the American University of Beirut). He has authored and co-authored more than 30 publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals, and 10 in broad audience media. He is president and board member of Lebanon Support. Since he cofounded Eedama and Jibal, stopped traditional university work, and decided to use his scientific knowledge for the broadest audiences possible.
Nadia Moukaddem has been active in the field of entrepreneurship, social business and impact investing for over 7 years. She currently works at B&Y Venture Partners, a leading Venture Capital firm in Beirut where she mentors, advises and invests in start-ups based in the Middle East and the GCC region. She is also part of Eedama’s advisory board and shares her expertise in several of Eedama’s training sessions, specifically on subjects related to technology, innovation and sustainability. Nadia firmly believes that the private sector has a responsibility and should play a role in solving tomorrow’s greatest challenges with regards to climate change, social justice, food security etc. Throughout the years, she has developed a strong knowledge in development, private sector financing, entrepreneurship, new technologies and innovation in emerging markets. In parallel to her job, she is an active member and counselor at the A project, an NGO advocating for gender equality and raising awareness on sexual and reproductive health in Lebanon. Nadia holds a double master’s degree from two of France’s best academic institutions: Sciences Po Paris and HEC Paris.
Practical information and registration
Language: Slides in English, Lebanese Arabic spoken
Dates of sessions: Every Wednesday starting July 3rd untill 31 (4 sessions), from 6 to 8 pm.
- Standard Fee: 100 $
- Reduced* Fee: 60 $
- Solidarity** Fee: 140 $
*The reduced fee is offered to Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinians, with salaries under 1,000$/month but still having to pay rent monthly. If you don’t fall under this category and still would like to pay the reduced fee, please contact us. This rate is applicable for a limited number of participants.
** The solidarity fee is optional for anyone who has the economic means and ability to pay a higher rate, making it possible to offer this course for a reduced rate to participants who have limited economic means.
Course pre-requisites: None