FORUM 2021


Today: Interview of Michael Liebreich

Michael Liebreich, founder of the Moving Mountains Forum and international expert on energy transition, details the challenges of the current crisis for mountain communities. 

Moving Mountains Forum 2020: videos to move forward

Dear friends of sustainable development and mountains,

The current pandemic has forced us to rethink the organisation of our 9th edition of the Moving Mountains Forum. We have finally opted for a series of videos that allow us to take stock of several initiatives highlighted during our 2019 edition. You will find them on our digital platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) and on our website, as well as on our partners’ networks.

The DiabLab. Launched last year, this “laboratory for sustainable transition” is monitoring the project to replace the public lighting in the commune hosting the Forum, namely Ormont-Dessus. It’s a very concrete and telling case… we have connected the Municipality with the specialists from Romande Energie, who are proposing an analysis of needs and solutions that go as far as financing – because financing sustainable transition is a major issue for mountain municipalities, whose means are often inversely proportional to the needs. What has been the process over the last twelve months? What is the state of play? Four videos give an overview.

Protect Our Winters and Mountain Wilderness. These two associations are fighting, each in their own way, to preserve the wilderness at high altitude and to reconcile the pleasure of going out there and developing awareness of one’s own impact. How has the Covid-19 crisis affected their activities and their cause? We discuss the situation with their presidents.

Isenau 360. Around Thierry Weber, a lover of Les Diablerets, an activist for sustainable transition and boss of a pharmaceutical company, a team of enthusiasts imagines a new future for the Isenau sector. He recounts the evolution of the project.

Albinen, the village that wants to light up its flame. Above Leuk, this municipality of 250 inhabitants has taken its destiny into its own hands under the impetus of its young people. A support programme for the inhabitants who settle there has made the headlines. But the story is much more fundamental, and sustainability and local culture go hand in hand. Local president Beat Jost speaks about it with passion.

And now, what is the way forward ? Michael Liebreich, founder of the Moving Mountains Forum and international expert on energy transition, details what is at stake for mountain communities in the current crisis.

10th Moving Mountains Forum, September 2021. An anniversary edition on finance and the economy, the backbone of sustainable transition, during which we hope to meet you personally! Save the date.

Enjoy your viewing, and see you soon!

The Moving Mountains Forum team

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