A few years ago, the first to launch the global warming alert received only sarcasm or, at best, polite indifference. Today, in France, a public body, the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe), broadcasts spots to call on the population to contribute to the fight against global warming.
It is to be hoped that a similar development will occur, and as soon as possible, concerning the preservation of natural resources (besides related to the fight against global warming): ecology is still too often considered, especially in ultra-liberal economic circles, as a matter of zozos hairy, compared to the economic imperatives and the "profitability" of companies.
How many catastrophic reports will be needed, such as the one written by more than 1 300 international experts and published Wednesday by the UN's 30 to make it clear that there is urgency?
The phrase "plundering the planet" makes sense in reading this work, the most important ever done on the subject. "Human activity, as it is read, exerts such pressure on Earth's natural functions that the ability of the planet's ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be considered certain. As usual, the poor are the first to be affected, particularly by the lack of access to clean water.
Wisdom would advise to take into account the profound changes in consumption, technologies or exploitation of ecosystems that the experts advise. But the president of the main world power, the United States, which should have a major training role, has shown, so far, no interest in this topic. Did George Bush not authorize petroleum research in a natural sanctuary in Alaska, the exact opposite of the recommendations of the report?
Faced with an attitude of prehistory of conscience, Europe, like the developing countries, has its share of responsibility and seems to hesitate on the attitude to adopt. In any case, it is ahead of the United States, which refused to join the Kyoto Protocol.
In France, the President of the Republic understood the importance of the issue. At least in principle. Jacques Chirac is torn between his ecological awareness and the strictly economic interests of his electorate. The timidity of the water bill, recently adopted by the Council of Ministers, has once again shown.
European political leaders would honor themselves by taking the lead in this fight. In the match between Europe and the United States, this is a great opportunity to live up to the historic responsibilities. Since modernity today is simply to understand that we must save the planet.