, 1 September 2018, amended
September 2, 2018
"The brutal dismissal of Nicolas Hulot has a bitter taste." In an article published by the JDDDaniel Cohn-Bendit, Jean-Paul Besset, Pascal Durand and Matthieu Orphelin express their disappointment at Nicolas Hulot's decision to leave the government. "Hulot broke on the iceberg of conservatism and short-term thinking, he wanted to reconcile the necessity of the future and the tensions of the present," they regret. "He embodied a hope, that of a path to the metamorphosis of a new world", continues with the four signatories, all current or former elected officials who focus on ecologies.
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"In his emotional and political rise, the brutal resignation of Nicolas Hulot has a bitter taste, that of the possible beaten by the hammer of the impossible!" History is again stumbling into helplessness to interrupt an accelerated path to the future. the collapse of the living A man has gone beyond himself, he embodied a hope, that of a path to the metamorphosis of a new world.
From the beginning, let us reject the cynics who, while managing their small stores, trade their mediocrity to exploit the event.
The simplists first and foremost, who see in the power circles in this austerity the isolated approach of an idealistic loner, deny the political act to reduce it to a personal choice, even to a temperamental drive. A nice combination to get rid of their own responsibilities Given the projects undertaken, who can believe that the path of ecological transformation and the change it entails is permanently in service? The hidden calculators then, dancing, right or left, around the broken icon. What does it matter to them that the departure of the minister sends out the signal of a collective failure! The occasion is too good for guignol professionals to quench their thirst for power and free their obsession to end the designated opponent, Macron.
How can the ecological transition be made socially acceptable and ideologically desirable? This was Hulot's dilemma. It is also ours.
The interpretation of the finding of failure is better than this indecent attitude. Devoured by urgency and unable to be satisfied with short standpoints, Hulot wanted to bring irreversible pathways to a new world. In the experience he felt that he could not achieve this because the global challenge is great, government ambiguities are persistent, resist corporatist resistance and coalition enemies. Although technical solutions exist, how can we all achieve a democratic exit from the impasse? How, in the name of the general interest, to overcome blockades and resistances of an old sclerotic world? How can the ecological transition be made socially acceptable and ideologically desirable? This was Hulot's dilemma. It is also ours.
It has taken time for society to believe that the ecological imperative determines everyone else. Consciousness is there. But the passage to the act clashes with the dark side of the real, that of the refusal. We want to change, but "at the same time" the social body refuses the obstacle and opposes doing the right thing. It is because our modern societies block, broken as they are by many conflicting interests, broken out between groups that have broken all ties of common concern, struck by the economic and identity crises, amazed by the complexity and scale of the problems, disillusioned by the policy. They have given up the sense of general interest and choose to remain tense about habits, lifestyles, privileges, a relationship with the world that they know is condemned. Schizophrenia? No doubt. But above all there must be an accumulation of fears that combine and paralyze action.
It is up to Emmanuel Macron (…) to understand the message addressed to them by this departure, to make a start with it.
However, no major transformation will be possible without collective ownership. The changes remain out of reach, as long as they are not shared and taken over by the forces of society. Otherwise the bag is folded.
We must therefore continue to think to overcome, to convince, to negotiate, to build up a majority of ideas and coalitions of projects, to integrate the duration, to admit occasionally, to compromise, to integrate reality into reality. overcome.
Hulot broke on the iceberg of conservatism and short-term thinking. He wanted to reconcile the necessity of the future and the roughness of the present. Apart from persevering in the Grand Soir's dream or anxiously waiting for the big collapse, what other choice is possible?
It belongs to Emmanuel Macron, to his government, to his majority, if the endorsed words and commitments have a meaning, to understand the message addressed to them by this departure, to transform it into a beginning, to make it use it as a springboard to bring about the resolute and benevolent transformation embodied by the Minister of Ecology. For this they will find a lot of resources in French and European society. As long as you want! "