PARIS – Could a random citizen group save the environment?

150 randomly chosen citizens have been working on climate issues in France, supposedly to find a solution about how to reduce greenhouse gases. Although President Emmanuel Macron has promised that the results of their work should be taken into account, either by law or referendum, many are unhappy with the group.

Not only does the group of citizens not respect any of the participation rules foreseen by the European treaty for public participation, as environment lawyer Arnaud Gossement has underlined, but the National Commission for Public Debate has not been involved in the process, and no judge has been named to guarantee the process and its results.

NGOs fear this new process is an attempt to provide an alibi for a government that has been lagging behind on climate issues since Macron arrived in the Élysée Palace. Despite many declarations and speeches, France has exceeded its carbon budget and most targets have not been reached. 

“The government shows duplicity between speeches and action” laments Cécile Duflot, president of Oxfam France. (EURACTIV.FR)

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