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“The imagination irrigates feminist and ecological struggles. » This is the theme explored in the fifth and final episode, Climate dreamsfrom the documentary series “One day the Earth opens”, fourth season of the podcast Injustices produced by Louie Media.
According to a United Nations study, Gender Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (“gender adaptation and disaster risk reduction”), women would be fourteen times more likely than men to die in the face of an extreme climatic event. That “limits their access to the information and resources they need to reduce disaster risk”deplores the UN Women agency.
Journalist Lucile Torregrossa gives the floor to Camille Etienne, environmental activist and content creator; Ketty Steward, poet and science fiction writer, and Marie Toussaint, Member of the European Parliament, founder of the association Notre affaires à tous, which campaigns to give legal personality to rivers, lakes and other natural areas.
Place so intimate
“I dream that I am in the Maldives, the beaches are destroyed, the palm trees bent by the storms. I realize that I will never reach dry land again. » Thus begins the episode, on a background sound mixing waves and protests. Climate change permeates the dreams, this place so intimate. Even if it remains difficult to illustrate because “we cannot imagine the conditions of our own extinction”one thinks that “it will inevitably happen to others”says Camille Etienne.
Ketty Steward is convinced that to dream of all possibilities is to consider multiple reasons to be optimistic. The science fiction author has written a short story Return to Lethal Land (in the collective work Turn around as soon as possible. Territories of the imaginary, The Volta, 2014). This native of Martinique describes herself flying over the West Indies, in ninety years, her nose glued to the window: “I had seen this image a hundred times. It was no longer a satellite photo, only thick glass now separated me from the former island of flowers: I was immediately too hot. »Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Ecofeminism, against the “crossed dominations” of women and nature
Back to the concrete, here and now. No imagination in Bure, in the Meuse, but a reality: the Cigeo project (Industrial Center for Geological Storage) to bury the most dangerous nuclear waste. In the camp of the collective Les Rayonnantes, a sort of zone to defend based in Bure, June, non-binary and transgender, and Anna are mobilizing, with hundreds of people, alongside Greenpeace France. If we store waste here that will take thousands of years to lose its radioactivity, the flora will no longer develop, and the risk of fire will be inevitable in the area affected. Their strength to move the lines? “The power of the collective, and above all joy”says June.
climatic dreams, podcast season 4 episode 5 Injustices“One day the Earth opens”, documentary series by Lucile Torregrossa, produced by Anna Buy (Fr., 2022, 5 × 30 min).