ll a few years ago, the first to launch the alarm on global warming harvested only sarcasm or, at best, polite indifference. Today, in France, a public body, the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), diffuse spots to call the population to contribute to the fight against global warming.
It is to be hoped that a similar development will occur, as soon as possible, regarding the preservation of natural resources (which is also linked 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 much does it take to catastrophic reports like this written by more than 1 300 international experts and published Wednesday 30 March by the UN to understand that there is urgency?
The phrase "plunder of the planet" makes sense in reading this work, the most important ever done on the subject. "Human activity, as we read, puts 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, Poor people are the first to be affected, particularly by the lack of access to clean water.
Wisdom would advise to take the utmost account of the profound changes in consumer, technology or exploitation of ecosystems, as experts recommend. But the president of the main world power, the United States, which should have a major coaching role, has shown, to date no interest in this subject. George Bush does not he come to allow oil exploration in a natural sanctuary in Alaska, the exact opposite of the recommendations of the report?
Faced with an attitude that is within the prehistory of consciousness, Europe, as developing countries, has its share of responsibility and seems to hesitate on what to do. It is, anyway, ahead of the United States, which refused to join the Kyoto Protocol.
In France, President Sarkozy has understood the importance of the issue. At least in principle. For Jacques Chirac is torn between his ecological awareness and strictly economic interests of its electorate. The timidity of the bill on water, recently adopted by the Council of Ministers, has once again shown.
European political leaders would honor by taking the lead in this fight. In the match between Europe and the US, this is a great opportunity to show the height of the historical responsibilities. Since modernity today is simply to understand that we must save the planet.