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Discussion “Ecology as the New Politics: What’s the Plan when There is No Plan B?”

A cycle of discussions Time for the Future
10 October 2019


The panel discussion on environmental changes and their effect on economy, social relationships, and culture will involve experts in the fields of ecology, economy of sustainable development, new technologies, and education.

Environmental changes are not only altering our planet’s landscapes today but also directly affect economic development. Is it reasonable to invest in the construction of a hydroelectric power station on a river that feeds on the waters from a glacier which is going to melt down in thirty to forty years? Is it profitable to build ports in the Indian Ocean if the Arctic will soon become navigable all year-round? And is it possible to insure ourselves against crop failure caused by the mass death of pollinating insects?

Even though new technologies promise to solve some of these problems, only significant changes in culture, life style and social relations will allow to reach a balanced relationship with nature. Such changes are impossible without rethinking the educational and professional landscapes.

The experts will discuss what corporations, governments, and international organizations can do today—in order to prepare for the unpredictable, turbulent, but at once exciting future of humankind in the age of Anthropocene.

The event will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience and online viewers.



Alexey Vlasov is Deputy General Director for Retail Business at Ingosstrakh, specialist in the realization of the company’s strategy in the retail segment. He graduated in Cybernetics from the National Research Nuclear University (1998), with specialization in Automated Systems of Data Processing and Management. He has worked in the sphere of insurance since 1993, and since 1996—at Ingosstrakh.



Darya Varlamova is author and editor-in-chief of the project “Atlas of New Professions”. She is a journalist and winner of the “The Enlightener” Prize in the Natural and Exact Sciences nomination (2017) awarded for her book Going Crazy! A Guide to Mental Disorders for a Big City Dweller (co-authored with Anton Zayniev). Darya graduated from the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design of National Research Center – Higher School of Economics. At various times, she has written for the newspapers Izvestiya and Profile, the magazines Bolshoy Gorod, Sekret Firmy, and other media, and collaborated the online platform Theories & Practices and She runs a blog on psychology and psychiatry at


Alexey Kokorin is a Russian climate scientist, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at WWF Russia. Candidate in Geophysics. Kokorin was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). He is an Honorable Worker of Nature Protection and member of the Public Council of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring. Author of over 170 academic and popular-science articles and books on climate change and environmental politics.



Pavel Boev is co-founder and Science Director at the project “The Epoch of Anthropocene”. Anthropologist, ecologist, graduate of Bristol University and Higher School of Economics. Having previously worked at the UN, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, Russian Geographical Society, and WWF Russia, he currently conducts research in the field of cultural anthropology in the context of environmental and technological factors impacting social development. Science editor of WWF Russia’s reports on the Russian Federation’s ecological footprint and of the Russian edition of the Living Planet Report (WWF International).



Dmitry Burenko is sociologist, co-founder and director at the project “The Epoch of Anthropocene”. He graduated in Sociology and Human Resource Management from the State University of Management where he also received a candidate degree in Social Psychology. A professional administrator with many years of experience in the fields of advertising, marketing, fundraising, and project leadership in the sphere of sustainable development and education, Dmitry previously worked at BBDO Group and WWF.



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