The polar bear is now a threatened species, and yet it remains virtually undefended against the attack of world trade.

On March 28 and 29, thePôles Actions association will be holding a conference entitled “What does the future hold for the polar bear?” at the City of Sciences and Industry [Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie] and at the Paris Geode.

The objective is to provide an update on the situation regarding the protection of the polar bear and the threats to its habitat. It will tackle fresh issues, such as the risks involved with mining and oil operations and emerging diseases, but it will also look at navigation and the geopolitics of the Arctic. Against a background of controversies surrounding the polar bear’s future, the conference aims to share impartial and substantiated information so that everybody can make up their own minds.

Fourteen lectures are to be delivered in French at the Paris Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie by specialists from a number of universities, and Norwegian, Canadian and French research centres, including the Institut Paul-Émile Victor, the GIEC and the CITES.

The editorial director of the GoodPlanet Foundation, Olivier Blond, will be talking on Friday March 28 at 5.45 p.m. on« The Perception of the Polar Bear in the Media and in Public Opinion”.

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The Geode will also be hosting a photographic exhibition and screening two previously unreleased films over two evenings, entitled “Nuits boréales” [Northern Nights].

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Whether you’re a polar region fanatic or just curious, please join us, but don’t forget to reserve your place!

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