Paul Lannoye, founding member of political ecology in Belgium, died at the age of 82.
Astrophysicist, MEP, the man born in 1939 was considered one of the founding fathers of the green movement in Belgium.
Graduated in Sciences from ULB in 1962, Paul Lannoye also became a doctor in Astrophysics at ULB in 1973.
Walloon activist, Paul Lannoye aspires to full federalism. In the 1970s, he turned his fight towards political ecology.
In 1975 he based the Belgian section of the association “LesFriends of the Earth“and co-founded the Ecolo party in 1980. He became its federal secretary and spokesperson before becoming a co-opted senator during the years 1988-1989.
“Paul opened up political paths for ecology during the 1970s, which are still more decisive to this day.“, write in a press release, Philippe Defeyt, former federal secretary of the party, and Gérard Lambert, founding member of the ecological party.
The politician was also elected to the European Parliament in 1989. He was reappointed there in 1994 and 1999 before becoming president of the Green Group twice (between 1990 and 1994 and between 1999 and 2001).
In 2004, the man left the environmental party and will no longer exercise a political mandate. He then embarked on the creation of the GRAPPE, the Reflection and action group for an ecological policy, which he chaired.
“It is with sadness that the great family of Belgian environmentalists learned of the death of Paul Lannoye, one of its most eminent founding members.“, react, in a statement, the co-presidents of the Ecolo party.”Paul, the pioneer, was for a long time one of the main intellectual pillars of our movement“greet Rajae Maouane and Jean-Marc Nollet.