A 7-year-old boy calls on the president in a letter banning glyphosate./ Facebook screenshot
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Jacques, 7, wrote a letter to the president denouncing the effects of pesticides on the environment. His commitment quickly made the buzz on social networks.
"Can you cancel all the pesticides? In a short letter to the President of the Republic, Jacques, a young Auvergnat, denounced the renunciation of the deputies to include the prohibition of glyphosate in the law. For the boy, pesticides must all be banned because they cause the death of "beasts under the ground" and "aerial beasts".
Interviewed by France 3, his father, Bruno, tells the story of this letter: "We have a hive at home. Last year, in 2017, we lost our swarm. And a few days ago, another swarm arrived. What made the joy of our little Jacques. He said to himself that there was no more pesticide. His mother then explained that if, and precisely the ban on glyphosate was not mentioned in the bill agriculture and food. The boy then asks his mother if he can write a letter to the president on the subject. "Her mom did not intervene in the content, she just made a model for him, which he then rewrote."
"I find my determination much greater than hers"
The letter is then posted on Facebook by the mother and quickly made the buzz, with more than 70,000 shares in one week. The president replied a few days later on the same social network. He confirmed his desire to ban glyphosate within three years despite the abandonment of the law on the subject by the National Assembly. Emmanuel Macron also congratulates the boy for his commitment and says: "You can trust my determination, which is as big as yours." To which Jacques replied, "I find mine much greater than his."
Its commitment to ecological causes does not stop there. His father says: "When you go to friends and there is some spread, it reminds you that there is palm oil and it makes the great apes fall. Or yesterday (Tuesday, June 5, ed), he heard about cloning and he told his mom "we can clone the planet like that, when we have broken ours". Since then, his parents have resumed his fight and are also trying to preserve his convictions. "We feel invested with the mission to continue, that of Jacques. His initiative is important. All children should write a letter to the president.
Jacques has since been interviewed by the Daily Team on TMC. Faced with the journalist, he says he decided to write to the president because "pesticides and glyphosate, it breaks the atmosphere." Asked a big one about Emmanuel Macron's promise to make the chemical disappear within three years, the boy replies: "I think it's been too long to wait." Many beekeepers are also of this opinion. On June 7, several events were organized throughout France to raise awareness of the high mortality of hives and the ecological disaster that this causes.
We present you Jacques, he is 7 years old and he sent a letter to President Macron asking him to "cancel all pesticides" to "save the animals under the ground".@PaulLarrouturou #Glyphosate #Daily pic.twitter.com/tGPV8OB8LA
– Daily (@Qofficiel) June 5, 2018