Week 11: Marche pour le Climat

Okay, so I’m about three weeks behind now, and I apologize for that. It’s been a busy time, and heading up two research projects at the same does not help with other writing plans. However, the plastic free push has remained right on track. I was discussing bin collections with a friend back in the UK the other day, and then had this moment of wonderful realisation, that we have reach April, and we have only put our refuse bin out for collection once in the entire year so far (and that was mostly a post-Christmas clear out). So, in the home things are going really well. We are not completely plastic free, but we committed to not putting plastics back into the system, and we have a couple of eco-bricks on the go now – they are not filling fast, but they are filling with that which otherwise would never be recycled.

In addition to focusing on our home, we have been mindful to show our support for wider climate related activities. It was for that reason, that we found ourselves our in Limoges on the 16th of March, to join the nation wide Marche pour le Climat campaign, spreading out across France. As with previous protests that I’ve mentioned in these pages, it was great to be surrounded by like minded sorts, all dedicated and campaigning for a brighter, greener future. Unlike the march which we attended in Bordeaux, the Limoges march felt a little more organised, especially with events and activities taking place at the end of the march. We gathered in one of the major parks in Limoges, and were greeted by a huge amount of stalls and pop-up exhibitions, all focused on climate change solutions. There was even a band playing, but who could only play is spectators powered their equipment with electricity generated by static bicycles. It was so great to see such a holistic effort, that appealed to all ages, and remained consistent in its objectives.

I also felt it was important to draw attention to the march, because the only thing that national media covered was the ongoing Gilets Jaunes. Now the Gilets Jaunes protests/riots are clearly significant, but their numbers of around 30,000, were dwarfed by some 45000 who marched in Paris. Nationwide, climate change protesters numbered into the hundreds of thousands (300,000+ I think). The protest movement is incredibly important in France, but it’s not all about anti-semites in yellow jackets – there are other, bigger, stronger movements, that have a clear, ethical agenda, and it those who should have as much, if not more attention from national broadcasters – but they don’t.

In addition, my daughter stayed awake for this protest, so I think this should probably count as her first, seeing as she slept through the last two.






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