“How to be eco-friendly now that our planet is in danger?”

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This was the title of a famous TV program named “CAPITAL” which was broadcast yesterday on the 6th channel. The first report was about two cities in France, Lilles and Lyon, which earn a lot of money by selling the collected recyclable materials (aluminium: €900 /ton), thus allowing to decrease the local taxes. In Lilles, your local taxes depend on the amount of non recyclable waste you have. An integrated circuit has been put on each bin in order to identify the owner. In Lyon, your bins are not collected if you don’t sort them out, and then an inspector will come to your house to teach you your citizen duty.

I think this is very encouraging that both the cities and their inhabitants are conscious of the economical benefit they can get out of a good sorting system. I wish we had the same in Paris but as the residences are mostly buildings with collective bins which would be difficult to control…

There were also reports about the boom success of eco-friendly house cleaning products in France, about photovoltaic cells (sun energy), about a company selling pullovers made of recycled plastic bottle, about California which is one of the most ecological cities… If a TV Program like CAPITAL is doing a special report on this subject, it means then that a real change in mentalities is currently happening in France.

On Friday night already, another TV Show released the results of a poll in France about the most important events of 2006. And the winner was….Global heating! I was quite surprised to learn that one French person out of two thought that the threat of environmental disorder will be the most serious challenge to face in the 21th century.

Yes, something is happening in France at last…Better late than never.

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3 comments on ““How to be eco-friendly now that our planet is in danger?”
  1. Susanne says:

    Concerning your statement about Lyon and it’s separation of waste, I have lived in Lyon for 5 months in 2006 and I have not noticed a different attitude or behaviour concerning seperating waste than in any other French city. Basically, the majority of Lyon citizens to not separate their waste. An I have never heard of an inspector coming to your house.

  2. jeremy says:

    Susanne’s scepticism aside, I am also encouraged by the signs that French society appears to be growing more ecologically conscious! Especially if there is a realisation that there is money to be made in recycling/ industrial ecology.

  3. Susanne says:

    I am not saying that the French are not getting ecological conscious. I think the French become more and more aware of the ecological problems. However, it is not yet the majority of French people who put into practice what is necessary to fight the problems. That will probably change as well in the next couple of years.

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