Nicolas Hulot, environmental French lobbyst

For all of you to know a little bit more about the French news on both environmental and political issues:

Nicolas Hulot, 46, is at the same time a reporter, an ecologist and a french writer.
He has presented for year a TV show focusing on nature preservation all over the world called Ushuaïa. He became popular at that time.

In 1990, he created the Fondation Nicolas-Hulot pour la nature et l’homme (N. Hulot’s foundation for nature and human people). He was part of the people who launched the idea of including an environmental Charter to the French Consitution.

He sensibilizes citizens about environmental and sustainable issues and how to deal with them in the daily life. He creates a website where people can engage themselves to adopt a more environmental-friendly way of life.

Since July 2006, he has worked at putting the ecological concern on the agenda of the next presidential election (Spring 2007). On November 2006, he launched the “Ecological Pact” which develops 10 objectives and 5 propositions to be followed in order to sustainably work on saving resources of the Planet. He pressured the candidates to adopt and include these propositions on their programmes.

Yesterday (January 21st) he announced that he would not be candidate at the presidence because he prefers to keep pressuring the candidates and still act as a third-party and as an environmental lobbyist.

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7 comments on “Nicolas Hulot, environmental French lobbyst
  1. CDProfs says:

    Is there a website for the “Pact” in English?
    How different is the 10+5 from Agenda 21?

  2. CDProfs says:

    Is Hulot proposing anything for the use of paper–in reference to the last post by Judith?

  3. Christine Nguyen says:

    You can download the ecological pact in english on this URL:
    http://www.pacte-ecologique-2007.org/nicolas-hulot/pages/01_je_signe/01_03_elements-pacte.php
    Choose “les documents du pacte écologique” and then,
    “cliquez ici pour télécharger le document du pacte en version anglais (24 pages)
    You can also sign the ecological pact on this URL:
    http://www.pacte-ecologique-2007.org/html/01-je-signe.php
    The more people sign, the more future french president will pay attention to sustainable developement.

  4. Chloe says:

    To answer your question about the link between the Ecological Pact and Agenda 21:
    The Ecologic Pact is actually more focused on environmental issues than social ones. So, I would say it follows Agenda 21 for the environmental part only. It does not work neither on fighting poverty nor on the development of minorities and social groups. In the proposition named ‘health’, it proposes to reduce the use of pesticides and the number of MGO crops for instance.
    Having a closer look at the propositions, I would say that in some points the Ecological Pact is closed to the concept of natural capitalism. Indeed it suggests to find other ways to agricultural production, maintain or re-create biodiversity, innovate through environment. Concerning economy, it puts forth to change production process according to their ecological impact, to produce only recyclable goods, to transform waste on resources. Il also proposes to change the economic scheme by developing the renting of goods use instead of buying them.

  5. clémence says:

    Nicolas Hulot has been criticized by some ecological French who think that the Pact he wrote is too light compared to what they propose. They also criticized the “surmediatisation” he would known.
    Despite the fear the ecological party has had that Nicolas Hulot would be a candidate for the 2007 French presidential election, it is true that the Pact is a bit less exhaustive that the Agenda 21 for example. The 10 Objectives are not as detailed or numerous as in the Agenda 21 for example.
    The Objectives cover: economy, energy, agriculture, urbanisation, transports, fiscality, biodiversity, health, research, international politic.
    More largely, the Agenda 21 covers among others poverty or the reinforcement of some social groups as NGO.
    Nevertheless the 5 propositions he then made are concrete and helpful to set up the 10 Objectives. That is mainly the creation of the post of vice minister in charge of sustainable development since it must be taken into account in each project.
    Then, he proposes also the set up of a carbon tax and the reorientation of the subventions to quality agriculture.
    I do think that what he did is largely enough in the sense that he managed to convince almost all the candidates to sign his Pact and to put the environmental problem in the electoral debate. He is the only one who could have done that. The members of the ecological party are indeed less listened by French people and less charismatic. The ethical guidelines he has always followed made that he is the more credible French man in that subject.
    His lobbying strategy was perfect to convince the major candidates to sign the Pact. Hoping that they will respect it!

  6. Judith says:

    Concerning paper and paper waste, Nicolas HULOT talks about this topic in his Website “Défi pour la Terre”.
    He considers that too much paper is wasted at work and he gives three advice to improve the use of paper :
    – he encourages workers to use electronic mail and computers’ storage capacities
    – he encourages workers to use the “recto/verso” feature of their printers, which can divide by two the number of sheets in a printed documents
    – he encourages the use of recycled paper.
    In average, an office employee uses 80 kg of paper per year, which is equivalent to 25 kg of CO2 rejected.
    So there is a real possibility of improvement on this subject.
    What I regret is that Nicolas Hulot focuses all his efforts in SD on simple citizens and on politicians (with the ecological pact), and not at all on firms.
    I think that firms have an importnat role to play for SD. In fact, if they divided by two their printed advertisements, this would be a HUGE paper saving for all developed economies.
    Therefore, he should also encourage big companies to implement a “SD culture” in their firms. An employee can not print in “recto/verso” mode if the printers of the firm do not have this option. That is why, I think that his action and commitment should also be oriented to employers.

  7. jeremy says:

    I think Hulot has made a smart move in not running himself for President. He can probably have more influence remaining outside of the system and applying pressure on each of the candidates.

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