Open Parliament: Student Activism on Climate and Biodiversity 📝

As part of the French government’s citizens’ engagement platform, we proposed a new question for parliamentary debate. This time we chose to question the government on the possibility of instating a generalised form of recognition for voluntary student activism when it comes to biodiversity and climate change, to be implemented as of the back-to-school period this year. The idea would be to attribute higher academic points to all those students helping to fight climate change and doing good work for the planet.

As we wade through the ongoing health crisis caused by Covid-19, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on 13 April that all academic activity requiring a physical presence will now be postponed until the back-to-school period at the end of the summer. Lockdown measures are having an impact on all kinds of economic, academic and social activity, and this postponement only serves to highlight the importance and value of young people who actively partake in efforts to fight climate change and protect biodiversity all year round.

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For World Water Day, Don’t Throw That Cigarette Away! 💧

Today marks World Water Day 2020!

As you may be spending a good deal more time than usual in front of your laptop or television screens during this lockdown period, we reckoned it might be a good time to check out the full version of our clean-up operation alongside French TV channel Gulli to herald in Environmental Awareness Week.

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International Women’s Day 🌿🌏☀️

↖️ Virginie, Head of Climate Mobilisations
↗️ Pauline, Head of Oceans
↙️ Manon, Head of Education
↘️ Asma, Co-president

All committed to fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity… but not content to wait around until the year 2168, when gender equality will be achieved at prevailing rates of progress!

SIA 2020: Thanks to Fred from “L’Esprit Sorcier”! 🌿

Guess who we bumped into at this year’s French agricultural fair?

None other than a genuine star of the small screen in France, Frédéric Courant! Fred is one of the main protagonists of French science and education programmes “L’Esprit Sorcier” and “C’est pas sorcier !” (literally, “It’s not rocket science!”).

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We’re Looking for a new UNESCO Project Manager! 🇺🇳

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Do you want to take action in order to help prevent climate change and promote the preservation of biodiversity? Would you like to take part in volunteer work for a worthy and enjoyable cause? Are diplomacy and international relations something you really dig?

Well, look no further! Apply to work alongside us in this worthwhile endeavour!
Deadline: 15 March at midnight!

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Check it out: we are on TV for Gulli’s Green Week! 📺

French children’s TV channel Gulli held its environmental awareness week this January, and to mark the occasion, we were joined by the team from Wazup, one of their programmes!

As Vivien is keen to point out, “Any item of waste, when carried by the wind, will end up in the ocean at some point”. With this in mind, it’s important to remain vigilant all year round!

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At the Vivez Nature and Permae Fairs 🌿

This weekend it was off to French trade fairs ‘Vivez Nature’ and ‘Permae’ to meet and greet all those who aren’t simply content to wait around for the next fifteen climate agreements before taking action on climate change and offering a viable alternative!

Between DIY solutions, zero-waste offerings, passive house displays and much, much more, we truly saw it all!

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