Climate demonstration in Montpellier: “We have to do things now”

This Saturday, April 9, more than a thousand people marched in the street for the climate.

Organized by the collective “Let’s change the system, not the climate” from Hérault, the march for the climate brought together nearly a thousand people in Montpellier. Among them, a large number of families came to pound the sidewalks, banners in hand.

“We have to do things now. Because in ten years, it will be too late”denounces Fleur, 14 years old, who arrived with her parents, brothers and sisters.

They are the ones who wanted to come. But they are used to it, because we are very involved in the day to day. We try to combat this feeling of eco-anxiety through actions”says Julien, his father.

A desire to convey that involvement from an early age that we also find in Javier. “We see that governments are not acting, that there are no effective solutions being proposed. In 40 years? We can’t even imagine what the country can be like “worries the young dad of a 2-year-old girl.

“It is no longer a term of five years, but of three years”

This speech is shared by all the demonstrators. And this environmental concern is not going to go away in view of the conclusions of the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report.

“Humanity has three years to reverse the curve of greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change to keep the world habitable”recalls Laura Lesne, spokesperson for the group, which brings together some thirty organizations and associations for the environment and social struggles.

They want us to believe that history is already written. But it’s up to us to write it, to make the next five years one of justice, climate, equality and peace.”She continues.

In the procession, some brandished a more direct message. “It is no longer a term of five years, but of three years”, one of the signs says A way to remember, on the eve of the presidential elections, the importance of acting quickly to reverse the climate change curve.

A town of struggles and alternatives

The event then ended at Parc Montcalm where numerous stands were set up. Device repair workshops, anti-nuclear contests, stands of the various local associations, but also informative workshops. Chantal, from the La Graine association, tries to make those present aware of the impact of the local currency.

“It is a way of relocating the economy, avoiding putting your money in the banks. Because they can finance whatever they want, even projects for which we do not agree”, she explains. A vision shared by Mathieu, from the ethical bank La Nef. “We only finance environmental, social, cultural and solidarity projects”he says.

In addition to being a cooperative, this bank reduces its carbon footprint according to him. “For example, if we entrust €1,000 to a bank, after a year, this represents 500 to 1,000 g of CO2, compared to the projects it finances or its operation. At La Nef, the footprint is just 200g.”

If the village is ephemeral, the organizers hope to propose alternative solutions as to making them permanent.

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