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Bioeconomy exhibition “Barking up the Wrong Tree” officially opened

Cover photo: Ana Rodríguez

On Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 the photo exhibition “Barking up the Wrong Tree – Overexploitation of Humans and Nature for the Bioeconomy” was opened at the Institut français Bremen.

At the beginning of the evening, the audience had the opportunity to take a first look at the exhibition. The inauguration program took place in the conference hall of the Institut français. The project manager Jana Otten (denkhausbremen), gave an introduction to the bioeconomy topic explaining the exhibition background to the audience. Contrary to repeated claims of the bioeconomy discourse, in itself, the production of renewable natural resources is not sustainable, but is linked to human rights violations and environmental destruction in the Global South.

In a video message, the tropical forest activist Sylvain Angerand from the French organization Canopée, reported a French success story: In France, palm oil in so-called biofuels has been legally banned since 2020. Followed by Fenna Otten, Robin Wood’s tropical forest advisor, who gave insights into her research trips to Sumatra and highlighted the devastating environmental effects of oil palm plantations.

During the subsequent discussion moderated by denkhausbremen managing director Peter Gerhardt, various aspects of the exhibition were deepened further, such as the environmental impact of eucalyptus, the inhumane working conditions on sugar cane plantations or possible future visions for the design of a sustainable bioeconomy.

Thank you for everyone’s presence!

Pictures: Ana Rodríguez


The exhibition is open to visitors:

Institut français
December 8th, 2021 – January 28th, 2022
Opening times: Mon – Thu: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Fri: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Address: Contrescarpe 19, 28203 Bremen
Please ring the doorbell on the 2nd floor.
free entry

02/01/2022 – 02/28/2022
Opening times: Mon – Sat: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Address: Hans-Bredow-Straße 19, 28307 Bremen
free entry

Further exhibition locations will follow.

Questions? Feel free to contact Jana Otten: