“The 150. Citizens get involved after the citizens’ convention for the climate”, on LCP, testimonials from committed citizens


Mathias and Marie believed in a joke, Guillaume in a scam when a voice, on the telephone, announced to them in August 2019 that they had been drawn by lot to participate in the first citizens’ convention for the climate. Before seizing head-on this opportunity to be a real force of proposal.

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One hundred and fifty ordinary French people are going to get involved in this unprecedented project. For nine months, they will attend debates, read files, listen to scientists, ask questions, learn, question, discuss … in order to be able to formulate 149 proposals intended to reduce emissions of gas to greenhouse effect of at least 40% by 2030. These proposals will be submitted to the Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, on June 21, 2020.

Violent awareness

But rather than being interested in the future of these proposals, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, photographer, environmental activist and president and creator of the GoodPlanet Foundation, urges from the opening of the debates that we do not come out unscathed from such an exercise. participatory diplomacy. He then proposed to Hope Production to make a film on the model of Human (2015), by increasing the number of interviews, in collaboration with director Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire.

The shootings begin during the last working session of the citizens’ convention, then will be spread over several months in their family setting. Without predicting at the outset the point at which the experience turned the lives of some of them upside down.

First surprise, formulated here by the writer and director Cyril Dion, instigator of this citizen convention: The 150 are not there to make up the figures. Especially since, for the most part, their awareness of the climate emergency will be violent. Their testimonies agree. Before the convention, they did not realize the seriousness of the issue. “Until we are given the means to understand”, summarizes Benoît. And there it is “The baton blow”, assures Nadine.

Their mobilization and reaction will be proportionate. From the first weekend of participation, Lambert, 29, trades his car for a bicycle and becomes a vegetarian. For many months, whatever their level of education or their political ideas, everyone will talk to each other, listen to each other and finally agree on common measures. The proof, according to Cyril Dion, that “Participatory democracy works”.

Today, Guillaume, 24 years old, member of an environmental association, multiplies the interventions, proud that his proposal on “environmental education” is one of the few to be passed without modifications. Matthieu is also increasing the number of public speeches, now without fear of confronting “the end of the month and world hunger”, as they used to say at the time of the “yellow vests”. Agny and William got involved in politics, while Eloise militates in an association; that Vita wants “Wake up” the others as she was awakened; that Mohamed managed to convince his entourage that “Yes, we can change things” … Their force of conviction, communicative, does good, on both sides of the screen.

The 150. Citizens get involved after the citizens’ convention for the climate, project by Yann Arthus-Bertrand produced by Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire (Fr., 2021, 52 min.). In preview on lcp.fr from December 7. Followed by a debate.

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“The 150. Citizens get involved after the citizens’ convention for the climate”, on LCP, testimonials from committed citizens