The reports are overwhelming – there would only be a few years left, says the UN, to initiate a systemic transformation of our economies and avoid the climate catastrophe. In response, how many sterile hassles, simplistic debates over the length of Twitter thread and TV platforms? Are you “for” or “against” nuclear power? “For” or “against” glyphosate? Meat ? The wolf ? Wind turbines ? Macron? … And how many contradictory injunctions: you have to eat organic, but it is found mainly in plastic, from the other side of the world. Pause. Sometimes we would like to curl up in a corner, away from the hubbub.
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And then there is life. And all those, far from the media platforms, “Fix the world with low noise”, as the philosopher Corine Pelluchon (1) says with her beautiful expression. Like this seabird lover in Brittany, who has been talking for months with the authorities and the population to extend the nature reserve for which he is responsible. Puffins and Northern Gannets need a whole marine ecosystem to live. But the Conservative faces the understandable fears of fishermen, who fear losing their freedom.
More than 300 kilometers away in Sarthe, a director of an agricultural cooperative is fighting to produce quality chickens. This has a cost, reflected on the sale price, because it is necessary to enlarge the hangars, give time and care to the breeding, etc. The director is aware of a raw reality: “How to do it, when a large part of the French are at 10 € to do their shopping?” “, he wonders.
AT The cross, over our reports, we often meet them, those who repair and wonder. They are in businesses, schools, laboratories, natural parks, inter-municipal unions, associations, everywhere, finally. Each time, they inspire the same feeling: that they are a peaceful army of “doers”, who do not pay for words, know their subject and avoid as much as possible ideological rifts. Who, above all, in no way underestimates the sometimes colossal difficulties that there are in transforming our lifestyles to limit our carbon footprint and restore nature to its place.
On the banks of the Maroni river in Guyana, a doctor from Maripasoula has been educating Amerindians for twenty-five years about mercury pollution. From small children to old people, these populations are sick of this metal which poisons the entire food chain, via fish such as the amara which the villages are fond of along the river. Opposite, the gold panners keep the gold fever. It’s written in reports and theorists know that. The doctor is still there. And we suddenly want to believe it.