Macron's climate measures "insufficient and anecdotal"

Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, visits the Mer de Glace during his trip to Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 2020 © Jean-Claude Coutausse for hooly-news.com
Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, visits the Mer de Glace during his trip to Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Thursday February 13, 2020 – 2020 © Jean-Claude Coutausse for hooly-news.com JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE FOR "THE WORLD"

He had not yet come down from the Mer de Glace, where he observed the accelerated melting of the famous glacier of the Mont-Blanc massif, which critics denounced "Hypocrisy at the top". The displacement of Emmanuel Macron in Chamonix (Haute-Savoie), Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February, has been criticized by certain associations and by opposition deputies, who see it as a communication operation to green his image at a month municipal elections.

The head of state made no new announcements for the environment, which he nevertheless described as "Fight of the century". Before the staff of the new French Office for Biodiversity (OFB), he contented himself with taking stock of his actions, citing the fight against urban sprawl, the law on the circular economy or the creation, announced the watch, new natural parks. A few months before several major international summits for biodiversity, the president recalled that "To be credible, we must, in France, be exemplary".

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"Insufficient means"

"The exemplarity of the state begins with respecting the Paris agreement. However, the government is content with insufficient and anecdotal measures ”, denounces Clément Sénéchal, in charge of the climate campaign for Greenpeace France, who calls for the adoption of "Major systemic measures such as the end of fossil fuel subsidies or the rejection of CETA". According to a report from the High Council for Climate published in June 2019, France is not on the right path to meet its climate targets. According to a document from Ademe, revealed by AEF info, about 35% of the projected emissions reductions are actually not covered by any public policy.

The rebellious French MP François Ruffin (Somme) also mocked "A height of rubbish and hypocrisy", asking the president to take "Structural measures " for the massif. "For that, there must be fewer trucks crossing it", he added on Europe 1 in reference to the pollution generated by the traffic of trucks in the Arve valley.

Michel Dubromel, President of France Nature Environnement, welcomes measures that "go in the right direction", but is concerned about the "insufficient means" allocated to the French Office for Biodiversity.

Among the eleven scientists and explorers who dined with the President of the Republic at the Montenvers refuge on Wednesday evening, the subject is less harsh. "We all appreciated a real exchange without tongue in cheek, during which we reminded that the challenge is enormous but achievable", summarizes Bernard Chevassus-au-Louis, president of the Humanity and biodiversity association.

Michel Dubromel, President of France Nature Environnement, welcomes measures which "Go the right way", but worries about "Insufficient means" allocated to the OFB, whose missions are increasing. "The president has not touched a word …" Similarly, the ambition to reach 30% of protected areas by 2022, already announced in May 2019, must be accompanied by a "Quality objective" : strong protection areas only represent 1.8% of French territory, he recalls. “Everything exists in the texts. What is needed now is not new measures, but implementation ", concludes climatologist Jean Jouzel.

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