The ÉCOSPHÈRE Project and the WSF2016 are uniting to change the world!

6 October 2015

Montreal, September 20, 2015 – Considered one of the most important environmental and healthy habitation festivals in Quebec, ÉCOSPHÈRE is organizing the tenth edition of its Environment and Ecohabitation Fair on September 26 and 27, 2015 in Brome. About thirty conferences will be offered, with more than 130 representatives on site.

Its Night of Sages expected for September 26th (bringing Lucie Pagé, François Tanguay, Dr Normand Mousseau, Karine Péloffy, and Philippe Bourke) will be the occasion to confirm the coming together of the ÉCOSPHÈRE Project, the World Social Forum 2016 Collective, and the Civil Society Collective at COP 21 (Conference of Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Their common desire to change the world for the well-being of the planet and for all is expressed by their collaboration to present different activities in 2015 and 2016, and in particular, a flagship event of the WSF 2016, which will gather thousands of people on August 13, 2016.

Éric Ferland (general director and founding member of Écosphère), Carminda Mac Lorin and Raphaël Canet (co-coordinators of the WSF 2016 Collective), as well as Ana Pranjic (for the Civil Society Collective at COP 21), will announce their collaboration at this occasion.

Remember that the World Social Forum (WSF) – the largest gathering of global civil society – will take place in Montreal from August 9-14, 2016. This event will enter into history as the first time the WSF has taken place in a Northern country since its creation in 2001 in Porto Alegre (Brazil). Between 50,000 and 80,000 people from nearly 5,000 organizations of local and global civil society are expected to come to downtown Montreal to participate in 1,500 workshops, conferences, and artistic activities. The objective of the WSF 2016 is to build a sustainable and united world where each person and each people has its place and can make their voice be heard in the search for concrete solutions.

On the Collective from Quebec civil society at COP 21 – The 21st Conference of Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) will take place in Paris next December. A Collective from Quebec civil society has been put in place, coordinated by the YMCAs of Quebec and UNIALTER, in collaboration with the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI) and the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ). It will gather around fifty people, who will join an expected 50,000 participants from global civil society, in order to build a strong, positive rapport for an ambitious and just climate action and sustainable transformation pertaining to public policies.

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Sources: WSF 2016 Montreal Collective/ÉCOSPHÈRE Project/The YMCAs of Queebec/UniAlter

Information: WSF 2016 – Carminda Mac Lorin (514-381-7090) and Caroline Larouche (514) 730-7278

ÉCOSPHÈRE Project – Éric Ferland (450 538-5005)