Benjamin Joyeux

Benjamin Joyeux is a lawyer, ecologist, libertarian, and anti-globalisation activist. He was a communications advisor to the French speaking delegation of Green members of the European Parliament; and is the co-author, with Edouard Gaudot, of l’Europe C’est Nous (Les Petits Matins, April 2014).



“We shouldn’t be afraid of involving businesses”: Doughnut Economics in Brussels

Kate Raworth’s doughnut model is an economic theory designed to easily and intelligibly assess an economy’s sustainability. Visually represented in the shape of a doughnut, it combines the concepts of planetary boundaries and minimum social standards to measure economic performance. Major European cities such as Amsterdam, Geneva and Brussels, have adopted the doughnut model to guide their green transitions. Barbara Trachte, secretary of state of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Economic Transition and Scientific Research, explains how Brussels is using the the model to set a new direction for the city region’s economy.

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Are COPs Helping the Battle Against Climate Change?

Climate policy expert Stefan Aykut reviews the COP process and its successes since the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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How Do We End This Carnage?

An anti-speciesist vision calls for a radical rethinking of our relationship to animals and an end to the idea of "responsible" livestock farming.

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Facing Megafires: Forests as Commons

Uncontrollable fires rage across the world. What does it mean to live in the Pyrocene epoch?

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Protecting data without stifling innovation: a question of regulation?

With our data in the hands of web giants, can regulators stand up for civil liberties?

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Job-Robbing Robots

The impact of robotisation and artificial intelligence on jobs and work will be huge, so why are politicians not talking about it, let alone planning for it? An interview with Tiffany Blandin by Benjamin Joyeux.

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Security and Identity: Between Fantasy and Reality

France's long and troubled relationship with Islam, and its connexion to a sense of insecurity, is unpacked by Olivier Roy and Esther Benbassa, who also explore the current role of religion in politics in general.

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“Our World Can be Different if We Are Not Indifferent”

Inspiration from beyond Europe, from Rajagopal, renowned Indian activist who is planning a protest walk from Delhi to Geneva.

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Sowing the Seeds of Resistance

Benjamin Joyeux interviews Indian activist Vandana Shiva about biodiversity, seed patents, and the commons.

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Revealing and Leaving, not Spying and Punishing: the Ecological and Democratic Lessons of WikiLeaks

Thanks to the brave whistleblowers of our time, transparency, government accountability and our right to privacy are just some of the issues in the big internet dispute we are able to discuss in the freedom versus surveillance debate.

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Just How Much Will it Take to Save Europe?

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s investment plan to kickstart the European economy proposes solutions based on the outdated assumption that growth in terms of construction of large infrastructure projects is the way forward. A more imaginative approach would be to look beyond this, and to put welfare and sustainability at the core of an ambitious long-term plan, which could make Europe’s economic future seem much more bright.

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Learning from the Greeks

As European ecologists, we have duty to support the Greek left after their success, and to promote our alternative model throughout Europe. We will do this today with Syriza now, and tomorrow with Podemos based on how it progresses in the future, etc. We have the responsibility and the historic chance to take part in giving Europe a new direction. However, we should not take the Greek results as a way to resolve our national electoral challenges…

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