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Discussion with Olzhas Suleimenov on his life dedicated to culture and the protection of the environment: a moment of wisdom, History and emotion

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Discussion with Olzhas Suleimenov on his life dedicated to culture and the protection of the environment: a moment of wisdom, History and emotion

The Pavilion of France was honored to welcome on June 16th, 2017, an incredible man, Mr Olzhas Suleimenov, writer and poet, Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Rome and at UNESCO, and founder of the international antinuclear movement « Nevada-Semey ». This renown figure in Kazakhstan and worldwide visited the Pavilion of France before animating a moving discussion in the conference room of the Pavilion around his life experience in culture and the protection of the environment.

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Mr Suleimenov highlighted the importance of the Astana Expo at a moment of our History where « energy for the future is a top priority for humanity ». « How can we move away from coal, hydrogen, nuclear energy, and come up with renewable energies that will not destroy us? ». Olzhas Suleimenov considers that it is thanks to events which bring together scientists from all over the world and the general public that we will come closer to « this moment [of renewable energies] that we are impatiently waiting for ».

The founder of an international antinuclear movement however warned that because of ecological disasters, humanity is fixing the date at which its civilization will end. In order to avoid this, each citizen on the planet should be an ecologist. Olzhas Suleimenov encouraged us to imagine energetic alternatives such as the one presented by ITER in the Pavilion of France and solar energies that would replace nuclear energy, coal and oil. The platforms that allow us to explore such alternatives are useful and essential, « they force us to direct all of the energy in our thoughts towards the right direction », concluded M. Suleimenov.

The conference ended with a moving recitation of a poem by its author who, at 81 years old, reminded us that poetry which serves a human and environmental cause is one of the most beautiful anthems to life.

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