“The huge gap between political promises and their fulfillment undermines our democracy”

Nicolas Hulot, in Saint Lunaire, on February 2.

Think about ” how to do “ and explore the “Blind spots” public policies to succeed in truly implementing environmental and social changes. The former minister of ecological and inclusive transition, Nicolas Hulot, through the foundation which bears his name and which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, intends to influence the next five-year term by proposing “Concrete roadmaps”, the first three of which will focus on pesticides, imports and the automotive sector. A tool to ensure that the promises of politicians are kept and to respond to the crisis of confidence “Disturbing” between citizens and politicians.

How do you see the health crisis and its management, nearly a year after it started?

I understand the fear, the suffering, the anguish of millions of citizens, but I also understand the government’s difficulty in dealing with a situation that has no equivalent. It is a completely new crisis, fluctuating from day to day and with divergent words from scientists. In this background noise, the democratic and political exercise is a tightrope.

What interests me is what we can do upstream of crises and the lessons we can then learn from them, but when you are in the heart of the vortex, you have to show minimum solidarity and unity. But I hope that this health crisis will not overshadow other crises, such as the ecological crisis. On the contrary, it must enlighten it, in particular on the need to put resources upstream, when we can still lessen the shock.

What do you think of the content of the “climate and resilience” bill resulting from the work of the citizens’ convention for the climate?

What the experts tell us is that this bill as it stands is not up to the challenges and our commitments: nor the objective of reducing our emissions by 40% by 2030. compared to 1990, and even less from the new European objective of lowering them by at least 55%. On all subjects, whether it be the renovation of buildings, the end of polluting vehicles or state aid that has benefited large companies to recover from the pandemic, it is always the lowest denominator common that is used. It is a shame because the important work of the citizens’ convention gave the government the opportunity to make up for it for the end of the five-year term. All is not settled since there is still the work of Parliament. But the problem is that the huge gap between political promises and the fulfillment of promises worsens mistrust between the citizen and the politician, which undermines our democracy.

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