Fighting big business lobbying

This is a Climate Justice Testimony from Natacha from France taken in November 2010. Learn more about how you can collect your own testimonies to spread the stories of climate justice.

FRENCH transcription: Bonjour je m’appelle natacha, je suis impliquée dans le mouvement environnemental depuis plusieurs années. Je viens de France et en fait mon implication est surtout liée à mon travail . Je travaille dans une ONG qui fait face au lobbying des grosses entreprises qui sont contre l’action climatique et qui essayent de promouvoir des fausses solutions pour eviter vraiment une action climatique serieuse en Europe et en fait à la place de promouvoir des profits pour leurs propres entreprises. Donc en fait dans mon quotidien j’essaye de faire face à ça, on rencontre beaucoup de résistance et c’est assez difficile, mais on pense que c’est vraiment important de le faire donc on continue. Et à coté de ça, dans ma vie de tous les jours je suis aussi tres encouragée par beaucoup d’initiatives, au niveau local. Par exemple les gens qui font vraiment des efforts au niveau des energies renouvelables, dans leurs maisons avec les panneaux solaires; ou les gens qui s’occupent aussi du recyclage par exemple avec les composts dans les jardins; les gens qui développement des initiatives pour renouveler les espaces verts, par des jardins de communauté. Donc moi aussi dans l’endroit où je vis et la commune où j’habite, on essaye de développer ça.

ENGLISH translation: Good afternoon. My name is Natacha. I have been involved in the environmental movement for several years. I am originally from France and my involvement has been closely related to my job. I work in an environmental NGO that is fighting against big business lobbying to block climate action and trying to promote false solutions to prevent serious climate action in Europe, and increase profits for their own companies. So this is actually what I am facing in my daily life. We face a lot of resistance and it is quite difficult, but we think it is important to do it and that is what keeps us going. And besides, in my daily life, I am also very encouraged by the many local-level initiatives. For instance people who are putting a lot of efforts into renewables, in their own houses with solar panels; or people who are very into recycling with composting in their gardens; or people who develop initiatives to renew green spaces, including through community gardens. And so this is also what we do in the place where I live and in my area; we try to push these as well.

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