Bourges 2028: The candidacy that questions and culturally supports climate change, biodiversity and water management. The first European Capital of Culture Low Carbon designed by all its stakeholders around climate change.
A second strong focus developed by local stakeholders during participatory workshops was civic, collective and individual commitment to the challenges of climate change, but also biodiversity and water management. It quickly resulted in the nomination as godmother of the candidacy of Lydie Lescarmontier, personality from Bourges, glaciologist, ranked by Forbes as one of the 40 most influential women of 2021, strongly committed to education for climate change within the Office for Climate Education, an international foundation based in Paris, under the aegis of UNESCO.
It is a question of reflecting on the time of the COP26, at which Bourges was represented, and of the Green Deal to a project of a measured European Capital of Culture, committed to the actions to be taken in relation to climate change and low carbon , in a territory characterized by its positive carbon footprint, its rural character, its biodiversity preserved up to its city center.
From the start, Bourges has anchored its candidacy in ecological transition. This candidacy allows the city to reflect on the currents that cross contemporary European society (environment / climate change, social relations, mobility, services, migration, eco-feminism, governance) and how culture can be a catalyst for solutions.
Bourges also wants to think about ecological ways of connecting its territory.
The rurality in which Bourges is part offers cultural sites far from each other. Because it is far from major trade centers (no TGV and airport), like a majority of cities on national territory and the Union, Bourges is betting on a new relationship to time and living.