Practical information

Date: Monday, 22 June
Time: 10.00 – 12.00h
Location: online

If you are interested in the energy transition and sustainability, you have probably heard of Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs’ documentary ‘Planet of the Humans’. The documentary is critical on certain aspects of the energy transition. Even though the documentary may have addressed some misleading facts, we should take this critical reflection on the energy transition to our advantage in checking whether the transition is on the right track and if certain topics require additional attention.

Critics were quick to point out and disprove the false statements in the documentary. But there are a few topics that have led to divided opinions. And what best to do with divided opinions? Indeed, a debate. A debate with useful and substantiated arguments. And that is where you come in!

This year’s final Energy Learning Activity will be a debate on three selected topics addressed in Planet of the Humans: biomass, the ecological footprint of a growing population and the financial aspects of the energy transition. We found three experts willing to give an introduction to the topics: Martin Junginger (Utrecht University), Quintijn Hoogenboom (Fauna protection), Jan Paul van Soest (De Gemeynt). After each introduction the discussion will start and you can participate! You can find the detailed programme below.

Since the debate will be online, there are limited (ten) seats available for participation as a debater. Such participation requires you to be visible and audible to engage in the discussion. As all participants will join from home, you will need a webcam and a microphone as a debater. It is obvious that it takes more effort to participate as a debater than as audience, so the participants who join as a debater, will receive a small gift as sign of appreciation.

All of you not joining as a debater can join the webinar as ‘audience’ like you would do in any other online lecture. Thus you can ask questions or share your opinion in the chat room.

Sign up and join us in our online debate!

If you would like to see the documentary (again), you can find it here.


10:00 – 10:05 | Hein Dieben

10:05 – 10:15 | Martin Junginger
10:15 – 10:35 | Debate

The ecological footprint of a growing population
10:35 – 10:45 | Quintijn Hoogenboom
10:45 – 11:05 | Debate

Short break           

Financing the energy transition
11:10 – 11:20 | Jan Paul van Soest
11:20 – 11:40 | Debate

Closing/extra time
11:40 – 12:00 | Hein Dieben


Martin Junginger is a professor of Bio-based Economy at the Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University. Together with a group of 15 scientists, he studies the sustainable production and use of biomass for various forms of energy (electricity, heat & transport fuels) and materials (e.g. as a raw material for bioplastics, in the chemical industry, or as a replacement for bitumen in asphalt) in the Netherlands and worldwide.

Quintijn Hoogenboom is a mathematician, who teaches computer applications, specializing in speech recognition. In addition, he tries to draw political attention to the problem of overcrowding and to the realization that we should not only consume less individually, but also collectively. He is involved in the work of Werkgroep Voetafdruk Nederland (Dutch Footprint Group) and is secretary of the Stichting Faunabescherming.

Jan Paul van Soest is founding partner of the Gemeynt an advisor, initiator and writer in the field of sustainability. He is co-founder of green business association De Groene Zaak and pioneer of new social agreements on the Wadden Sea (Meijer Commission), nuclear power station Borssele and on the new role for the gas sector. In 2017, he started the Transition Coalition Food with others. In 2014 he published the controversial book De Twijfelbrigade, which provides the background of climate skepticism.

Due to the Coronavirus we are, until further notice, not able to host physical Energy Learning Activities for our Energy Academy Programme. Instead we have carefully selected several webinars with suitable topics and speakers that fit right into the Energy Academy Programme as you know and love! Your registered participation in the selected webinars will count as a Learning Activity for the Energy Academy Certificate.

This event is a public event, open to anyone with an interest, to join in. The event is organized by New Energy Coalition for the Energy Academy Programme and is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen. The Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Programme. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the Energy Academy Certificate.