There is no absolute majority for planet Earth either, but…

they climate scientistsoceanographers and hydrologists, Ecologistsand geographers. They also hoped to obtain an absolute majority in the National Assembly. They have no right. But for the planet. to me climate and the Biodiversity. They have given themselves the means. take their time. For three days, 40 famous scholars took turns around the Bourbon Palace to meet our newly elected representatives. On Wednesday, June 22, at the end of this unprecedented process in France – one initiated by Christophe Casseau, a climate scientist, and Matthew Orvillein, a former deputy environmentalist – in the same world, they finally affected just over a quarter of the world’s population. bike. One hundred and fifty-four deputies to one ” The majority of “…too relative.

Benoît Halgand was one of the volunteers at “For an Environmental Awakening” – An association of young professionals and students of Grandes Ecoles – present on site to provide logistics. And dribbling plays. “too much Representatives They assured us that they are interested and curious to learn more about these topics. But this timing was not the best. » Those who, apparently, had not yet taken urgency measures. And for whom the consciousness proposed by the scientists could undoubtedly be very useful.

The organization has also seen its fair share of skeptics. From those who still see in ” The climate change One must know how to distance oneself.”. Who judges that researcher? Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) He has nothing to teach them. Or who think that France “Is enough already”. ‘Very isolated cases’Assured us volunteers united under the banner “It’s official climate Biodiversity “. So, leave them to their beliefs.

Science has solutions to offer

The important thing is rather that “The vast majority of MPs we saw put themselves in a learning position. They expressed their desire to continue the exchanges. Some even returned several times. Others stayed more than 2 hours – instead of 20 minutes “minimal union”. Evidence, perhaps, of a lack of knowledge in issue Climate and biodiversity among the population of MEPs. Perhaps also within the general population. “Knowledge of the challenges we face is generally approximate”the researchers confirm at the end of three days of work.

“We received a lot of requests, in TwitterBy business leaders, administrative staff or journalists who also want to benefit from this type of outreach. » So it looks like the first step was taken at the beginning of the week.

We are convinced that the topic of climate and the topic Biodiversity He should be at the top of the bill throughout this mandate.”, says Benoit Halgan. If these topics continue to be ignored, the consequences, researchers warn us, could be catastrophic. In France, too, biodiversity is collapsing. And our country is not quite in line with its climate goals. The recent heat wave has shown once again that there are also important issues on the adaptation side. »

Weather events, waves the heatdroughts and storms. There has also been a lot of talk about this topic around the Palais-Bourbon. Representatives came and the problems of their constituencies in their pockets. The effects of climate change that they are beginning to notice on Earth. » That was the goal, too. Show elected officials that scientists have solutions to offer. That they can help them implement their policies by providing them with very specific courses of action.

exchanges continue

Even if the goal of an absolute majority is not achieved, “Obviously we didn’t waste our time.”organization think. Most of the representatives who passed through the hands of scholars admitted its existence “I learned alot”. “Awareness is a requirement of business. Before you are able to make the right decisions, you must be fully aware of the issues. And it was important to intervene from the start of this new mandate. Before MPs were overrun by a whole range of political topics. Even before they They choose their groups, hoping that combating climate change and preserving biodiversity will be among their priorities.”

And to get there, there are no witty speeches. But the exchanges are almost intimate. “With the idea that everyone keeps some facts”Christophe Casso explains. And leave like Anne Genetet (together!) with “Things that allow you to argue against whoever wants it the challenger».

Thanks to the Mandat Climat Biodiversité procedure, it seems that MPs and scholars have finally come together. They started talking to each other. The first seeds were sown. » The hope now is to succeed in maintaining the link. The researchers promised. They will respond whenever elected officials need clarification. “Scientists are not only there to develop research. They are also there to share their knowledge, say. Today, it is important that they can inform politics. At the beginning of the week, several MPs were excited by the idea of ​​this new collaboration. The future will tell us how true it is…”

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