Interview by The 4th Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment
Why have you agreed to become the spokesperson of the Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment?
First of all, I am honoured to have this opportunity to learn more about the environmental solutions that France, Europe and China are proposing and bringing to reality. My relationship with environmental protection began with a connection to the sea, as my childhood was spent in a coastal town, and I am crazy about everything to do with the sea. Diving with Liu Ye years later, we witnessed the evolution of underwater ecologies and became aware of what was happening to them.
Seven years ago, we came face to face with leopard sharks, and were able to observe them several times. A few years later, the leopard shark has completely disappeared. The impoverishment and damage to coral reefs have put pay to an entire ecosystem. It is now a pool of jellyfish. But on the positive side, the pool of information has been growing and democratising as well. It is important to understand why an ocean with fewer or no more fish corresponds to a lack of oxygen on earth, thus no possible life. Access to information is the key to saving our environment, and our testimonies prove it every day. The Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment is an essential part of reaching out to a large number of people to explain what is at stake and how to take action.
If you could advise us to take 5 actions, what would they be?
1. Less plastic, less plastic, less plastic.
2. Consume less, of everything: Household appliances, clothing, meat, everything made of plastic (from petroleum): toys, flip flops, gadgets … Consume intelligently, that is buy less but good quality, avoid industrial products as much as possible so as to protect the environment and your health!
3. Get informed and think about waste.
Bottles, glasses, plastic toothbrushes: free offers or good buys, do they just get thrown away after one use?
4. Produce local, buy local, create local products, starting with vegetable growing. Schools that enter the Nurseries for Nurseries programme will eventually produce enough for the whole school.
5. Reflect on and gain inspiration from how our ancestors lived.
For example, use a basket for shopping instead of plastic bags. Instead of buying five cheap sweaters, buy one that lasts (made by a local manufacturer from quality wool).