Prix Goncourt winner and member of the prestigious French Academy, Erik Orsenna will be in Melbourne on Wednesday 18th of February. It is a unique opportunity to hear him talk about ‘’The future of large rivers’’. The conference (in French) is free but you need to enrol here.
The Alliance Française Melbourne will be your host Thursday, February 18 at 6:30 pm at 51 Grey Street St Kilda.
Since his book, “Love and Empire”, winner of the Prix Goncourt du roman in 1988, Erik Orsenna has been known for his passion for travel and his taste in great literature, which earned him entry to the prestigious French Academy in 1998. However, less is known about his commitment to sustainable development. A strong advocate of renewable energy, Orsenna is also a leading expert in water issues: “At the time of energy transition, this problem is present throughout the world.”
Author of a book on the future of water in 2008, Orsenna is now president of the l’Observatoire pour l’Avenir des Grands Fleuves (Chairman of the College of Permanent Members/Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers) which was created a year ago by the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR), the leading French producer of renewable electricity. “The world is tremendously concerned about the atmosphere, particularly the greenhouse effect. For quite some time, some attention has been paid to the seas, but the rivers have been forgotten by the COP 21”.