Global Chance (GC)

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Global Chance is an association of scientists and experts who believe that more balanced world development can and should result from an increasing awareness of threats weighing on the global environment. The association was created in 1992 by Martine Barrère (scientific journalist), Benjamin Dessus (engineer and economist), Bernard Laponche (engineer), François Pharabod (engineer), Philippe Roqueplo (sociologist) and Arthur Riedacker (environmentalist and political scientist) in the context of preparation for the Rio conference. The founders were soon joined by celebrities from the economic and scientific realms who were concerned about energy and environmental issues.

In the years following its creation, the association devoted most of its activity to energy and the fight against the greenhouse effect: energy sobriety and efficiency, renewable energies, nuclear energy and the greenhouse effect, globally as well as on the level of developing countries and Europe. Its commitment to providing independent expertise led to members’ participation in numerous national and international debates. Work done by its members was published regularly. From 1992 to 2016, the association published 42 issues of its review, Les Cahiers de Global Chance.


From the outset, Global Chance set itself one main goal:

  • take advantage of awareness of the various threats weighing on the world environment as the result of human activity (climate change caused by the greenhouse effect, loss of plant and animal biodiversity, soil degradation, desertification and diminishing water resources, pollution of oceans, destruction of the ozone layer, risk of nuclear proliferation and the accumulation of very long-lived radioactive waste, etc.) to increase the chances of balanced world development.

Global Chance works to:

  • bring diverse and sometimes contradictory expertise to the public’s attention.

  • incite people to take democratic ownership of the collective challenges associated with energy, the environment and development.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • training
  • books, reviews publishing
  • meetings, exchanges, assemblies
  • research, analysis

Thematic areas

  • environment
  • Climate energy
  • information
  • democracy