the Girondin candidates on the benches of the climate school

Were there to celebrate Yves d’Amécourt, candidate (Mouvement de la ruralité) in the 12and constituency Gironde (Entre-deux-Mers), rivals Thomas Dovichi (LR) and Vanessa Fergeau-Renaux (PS / Nupes) in the 6and (Mérignac), Loïc Prud’homme, outgoing deputy and candidate for his re-election (LFI / Nupes) against Fabien Robert (MoDem / presidential majority) in the 3and (South Bordeaux), the RN Damien Obrador in the 9and (Sud-Gironde), hiker Thomas Cazenave in the 1d (Bordeaux Nord), and ecologist Nicolas Thierry (EELV/Nupes) in the 2and constituency (Bordeaux center). Facing this areopagus that looks like a political carousel, the leaders of the association La Fresque du climat and the Bordeaux institute Koncilio stand. On the menu, three-hour workshop that’s both fun and serious about the state of the science as evidenced by the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose latest work was delivered last month.

“Transition is everyone’s business”

“This is a first in France. Obtaining the participation of parliamentary election candidates who are willing to devote a whole morning to this topic while they are in the middle of the election campaign is unprecedented,” delighted Aurélien Sebton, the co-founder and general manager of Koncilio, a tireless defender of the training of public decision-makers in ecological issues At the beginning of this year, he, flanked by the biologist Gilles Bœuf and the climatologist Hervé Le Treut, took the initiative to publish an educational document on climate and biodiversity for elected representatives of local authorities. it was the one who contacted the politicians to offer them this session: “Faced with the emergency situation, we must of course continue to sensitize everyone, but it is also necessary to address those at the head of the organizations” , François-Joseph Grimault, host and manager of La Fresque du climat, justified p has been writing the (good) scientific word for a variety of target groups, in companies and at universities for four years now.

On the benches of this climate school, the eight Girondin candidates undoubtedly had scattered levels of knowledge before the bell rang. But they shared a curiosity about the subject and a sense of responsibility sharp enough to silence their differences. “We have a duty to act for future generations. We show that political leaders are able to work together,” Thomas Dovichi noted at the end of the session. “The issue of ecological transition is not one party’s business, it’s everyone’s business,” added Bordeaux resident Thomas Cazenave, pleased that no one is disputing the scientific consensus.

No distrust of science

This is undoubtedly where Koncilio and La Fresque du climat took their first win. To hear the club of eight at the end of the course, the era of pure sugar mistrust of science is over. “We are presented with the facts. Then comes the time for solutions, and we don’t necessarily agree on these solutions or on the order of priorities,” distinguished Damien Obrador whose party (the RN) had a presidential program that was not very fruitful for the climate. “Ten years ago we had to fight against climatic skepticism. Today, the observation is no longer in doubt’, risked the ecologist Nicolas Thierry for his part.

“We show that political leaders are able to work together”

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