The EESC hemicycle was singularly colourful. Coming from all parts of the world, from Africa, India, Nepal and Japan, feathered or turbaned, they represented the religions, cultures and consciences of humanity as a whole. Nothing less. A summit of consciences mobilized for the climate with a watchword: "Why Do I Care".
Introducing the event, which was initiated by Nicolas Hulot and EESC President Jean-Pierre Delevoye, the President of the French Republic called for an agreement to be reached for the next COP 21 to be held in Paris in December. In order to achieve this wish for a mobilisation of humanity for its survival, the Head of State appeals to consciences, to all consciences: "We must not forget that we are all part of the same world and that we are all part of the same world. here are philosophies, convictions, diversities in the world that must at some point unite, unite to make decisions". He recalled that the climate is not just a matter for Heads of State but one that concerns all the inhabitants of the planet.
Taking up the formula of Nicolas Hulot, his special envoy for the planet, François Hollande proclaims "We are in an age of profusion of science but lack of awareness." He adds that it is "a question ofa crisis of civilization that doesn't say its name.".
"We are faced with a risk of conflict with ourselves, we have to establish rules for the planet", also emphatically declared a convinced and quite convincing François Hollande. "It is also an issue for world peace and security, to live with dignity where you were born, not to have to leave your country in search of a livelihood, is a fundamental right", he added, highlighting the dangers of the migration of peoples and the plight of climate refugees. And finally, to quote Victor Hugo: "I am not one of those who believe that we can eliminate suffering, but of those who say that we can destroy misery. "Then to warn: "Yesterday's was unbearable, today's is unbearable; tomorrow's will be ungovernable. »
This day of reflections and testimonies gives the floor to personalities of all faiths, all mobilized to stimulate an agreement that is meant to be historic, in December in Paris. An agreement that is still far from being won. The Head of State admits that, according to what is emerging in the current negotiations, we are still above the objective of containing global warming to two degrees. "We're probably at three degrees." he said.
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"What more powerful symbol can you deliver by your mere presence? » exclaimed Nicolas Hulot in front of an audience of moral, spiritual and religious authorities who had come especially to Paris like Bartholomew I (1st Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople), Cardinal Turkson (Vatican), the main inspirer of Pope Francis' encyclical published in June, Rabbi David Rosen, Reverend Takayuki Ashizu (head of the highest Shinto shrine in Japan), Sheikh Abduldjabbar Abdullah al-Timeemi (founder of the Centre for Racial, Religious and Cultural Diversity, Iraq), 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus
"In Paris, you have no right to fail, you have no right to be small, you must be big. "Paris is either peace or conflict. We are going to choose peace and finally give humanity its letters of nobility", concludes Nicolas Hulot, with a warning: " Beware that the fatalism of some does not develop the fanaticism of others. »