Ecuador, with the support of its government set a record in terms of reforestation and more than 44,000 people were mobilized.
This is a great proof that when governments are supporting a cause, such as environmental protection, it is possible to set records.
The COP21 began in Paris and in parallel to this global event France is also in a state of emergency following the attacks of 13 November 2015.
It seems that this state of emergency is also a good pretext for the French government to limit or even cancel the actions and events that were planned during the summit for the environment. Is the right of expression really respected? Certainly there are risks of attacks but these risks existed before. If people want to show their support and commitment to the protection of our planet, we must let them and even give them our support. Everything is connected; I am convinced that if we are respectful of our environment and of all beings that are part of it, including humans, the better the world will be.
Most of these gatherings that were planned across France were simply banned. How is it that football matches themselves are maintained? There is also there a high risk of attacks because they are large gatherings of people. And there are no safety measures that would stop bad people doing bad things anyway.
So yes, we have good reasons to doubt our French government over its willingness to move forward in terms of environmental protection. One is entitled to wonder what is really the objective of the COP21 for France. If he really wanted things to change and the COP21 to have the impact it was supposed to have initially, the French government would have implemented the required measures to allow events planned around the COP21, despite the terrorist threat. This is the case for football games, isn’t it?
When a government is involved in a case, like Ecuador, it is possible to mobilize the masses and to achieve great things, however if a government does nothing to make things easier it becomes extremely difficult to mobilize for the same cause.
The cause is “just” about the future of our planet and this cause is important enough for a government like France to throw itself in it as much as in protecting its people against a "small" group of terrorist. Don’t you think?