Worldwatch Europe's Director will present keynote at the Green Book Festival in Brussels

The Green Book Festival in Brussels is the meeting place for everyone concerned with the transition to a sustainable society. It is where writers, scientists, thinkers and do-ers alike meet and discuss the options for the future. Participants can come and listen or take part in the debate at one of the ‘Slow Transition Tables’.

This year’s edition of the Green Book Festival would not have been complete without a strong debate on climate change. More and more people consider a changing climate as hard facts, still climate politics seem to have stalled. In this debate the eminent climate specialist Jean-Pascal van Ypersele and Mathias Bienstman from the Climate Coalition exchange views with water expert Patrick Meire and writer Laïla Koubaa.

Another important topic is time. When everything goes ever faster, and we run from one task to another, can we still find the time to opt for a sustainable transition? The German sociologist Hartmut Rosa, author of 'Social Acceleration - A New Theory of Modernity', shares his insights on the acceleration of our daily life and talks to Riet Ory, campaigner with Femma for a 30 hour work week.

Is utopian thinking out? Shouldn’t we give more room to utopia as society heads for a chanceless future? Writers Pieter De Buysser and Anne Provoost share ideas with the historian and stagewriter Selm Wenselaers.

Another debate will be dedicated to the transition itself. In the panel eminent experts such as Peter Tom Jones, Agoria-chair Christ’l Joris and Bo Normander of Worldwatch Europe will join the discussion. In a central key note Bo will share some of the insights of the upcoming State Of The World 2014 report.

The Green Book Festival also means arts. Michaël Pas will play a fragment from his play ‘Fear’ by Stijn Devillé and Braakland/ZheBilding. The Green Book Festival further presents a selection of books and reports, but also documentaries, such as Jan van den Berg’s ‘Silent Land – When the elephants dance the grass gets beaten' on land grabbing and the struggle between small farmers and big business.

Interaction is possible at the Slow Transition Tables, where you can share thoughts on topics such as energy, healthy living, food, economy, inner transition and participation. Every topic starts off from strong examples originating bottom up.

Download the full programme here!