Let’s go ! A collective, which brings together around thirty organizations with an ecological tendency, advocates the rejection of a civil convention for the climate at regional level. Among them are the famous youth associations that brought together thousands of school children and school children on the streets of Lyon during the marches organized in 2019. There is also Greenpeace, Alternatiba, Attac, Citizens for the Climate, Citizens for the Renewal of Democracy, Nature Conservation in France, La Ville à Vélo … etc.
It is up to the candidates to position themselves
“On the basis of a document prepared by civil society, we will ask candidates for regional elections to speak and say whether they want to commit to the establishment of this regional climate convention. We can imagine that it will not be accepted that way without conditions, but it will be a document drawn up by a large number of citizens and associations. In this respect it will have real legitimacy, ”developed Marin Bisson, who was present in Lyon on Thursday.
For the collective, which is also represented by Andy Battentier and Anaïs Jacquet, it is also about learning from the mistakes of the National Climate Convention. This convention, which was launched in October 2019 by the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) at the request of then Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and consists of 150 citizens drawn by lot, sees many of its proposals being pushed aside.
Occitanie, the first
No mystery, the approach is political on the part of a collective “not a-political, but a-partisan” that is aware that certain parties more left than right and “greener” than “conservatives” have already considered such a convention to set up. Fabienne Grébert, EELV candidate for Regionals from June 2021, seems to be more “climate-compatible” with the approach that has been introduced than Laurent Wauquiez, the current LR President, only speaks of those who are already ready.
If this succeeds, however, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes will not be the first region to embark on the path of democracy renewal. Occitanie, led by socialist Carole Delga, has already started a citizens’ convention to decide their future.