• Carfree France soutient les agents #sncf en lutte pour la sécurité des usagers
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/10/21/carfree-france-soutient-les-agents-sncf-en-lutte-pour-la-securite-des-usager

    Un #accident qui aurait pu avoir des conséquences dramatiques a eu lieu le 16 octobre 2019 en #Champagne-Ardenne. En effet, un train #TER a percuté un convoi exceptionnel sur un Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Transports_publics #reims #sécurité #services_publics #trains #transports_en_commun

  • La disparition de la #pollution
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/10/10/la-disparition-de-la-pollution

    En général, on montre des cartes de pollution. Voici une #carte qui montre l’absence de pollution sur une partie du #périphérique parisien, grâce à sa fermeture provisoire dans le cadre Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Fin_de_l'automobile #Marche_à_pied #Pollution_automobile #Quartiers_sans_voitures #Vélo #Vie_sans_voiture #actions #microparticules #NO2 #ozone #paris

  • En #Appuii aux habitants

    Si on vous dit 1968-2018 ? Vous répondez cinquantenaire du joli mois de mai ? Oui, mais pas que : on célèbre aussi les 50 ans du Droit à la ville, livre d’Henri Lefebvre. L’occasion parfaite d’interroger Sylvain, salarié d’Appuii, #association qui lutte aux côtés des habitants de #quartiers_populaires confrontés à la #démolition ou à la #rénovation de leurs lieux de vie.

    Comment est née l’association Appuii [1] ?

    « Tout a commencé en 2005, à La Coudraie, un quartier populaire sur les hauteurs de Poissy, en Île-de-France. Il est situé sur un terrain très attractif, dans une ville et un département plutôt riches. De quoi donner des envies à certains… Le maire avait ainsi pour idée de détruire ce quartier d’habitat social. Mais les habitants ne se sont pas laissé faire, luttant contre une décision qu’ils jugeaient arbitraire et méprisante. Certains d’entre eux sont même allés toquer à la porte de l’École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette. Et des étudiants ont accepté de leur donner un coup de main – certains se sont investis bien au-delà du cadre de leurs études. Une mobilisation très large, qui a payé : le quartier n’a pas été rayé de la carte.

    La bataille s’est menée sur deux fronts. Un volet ‘‘classique’’ : manifestations, occupation et médiatisation. Et un volet technique, en fournissant des éléments précis, en faisant des propositions, en épluchant les dossiers… Les habitants mobilisés ont ainsi acquis des compétences, jusqu’à être plus au fait des processus urbains que les élus. Et ils l’ont fait dans un vrai esprit de vivacité démocratique : ils se réunissaient et se réunissent encore chaque semaine, ils débattent et avancent ensemble.

    Dans la foulée de cette mobilisation, des chercheurs, amicales de locataires et habitants ont commencé à travailler ensemble dans le cadre d’un programme de recherche-action centré sur la rénovation urbaine et financé par la région Île-de-France. Il s’agissait de monter des actions communes, de réfléchir aux situations de conflit – à Vitry-sur-Seine, ça a même donné un film, Apprendre à travailler ensemble. Un succès. À tel point qu’à la fin du programme, certains participants se sont dit que ça répondait à un vrai besoin et qu’il fallait continuer. Avec pour objectif de créer un outil commun qui réponde aux questions des habitants concernés. À leur envie d’être acteurs, et non passifs ou dépossédés. Une sorte de SOS urbain.

    Tout ça s’est formalisé en 2012 avec la création d’Appuii, association un peu hybride. Y participent des universitaires, des professionnels (ou futurs pros) des métiers de la ville, des militants de quartiers populaires et des habitants qui vivent (ou ont vécu) des projets urbains importants. Toutes les participations sont bénévoles – je suis le seul salarié, chargé de coordonner les différentes actions. »

    En théorie, la loi impose la concertation avec les habitants d’un quartier sur le point d’être rénové, a fortiori quand le financement provient de l’Anru [2]... Ce n’est que de la poudre aux yeux ?

    « La concertation est certes inscrite dans la loi. Et des bureaux d’études sont missionnés par les acteurs institutionnels qui portent un projet urbain, pour le présenter à la population. Mais ça ne marche que dans un sens : les habitants peuvent au mieux exprimer des avis, sans savoir s’ils seront pris en compte. C’est très insuffisant. Il faut de vrais espaces de débat, dans lesquels les habitants disposent d’outils pour faire valoir leurs droits, peser dans le processus, émettre d’autres propositions. D’où l’idée de créer une sorte de plate-forme, de réseau.

    Les discours des décideurs ont évolué sur la question de la participation, mais cette évolution n’a pas forcément été suivie d’effets. Parfois, tout est même fait pour étouffer les initiatives… L’Anru reconnaît elle-même le manque de concertation de sa première vague de rénovation urbaine, dans les années 2000. Elle a donc lancé des conseils citoyens pour la deuxième vague, qui a débuté il y a deux ans. Avec Appuii, on a mené un gros travail pour voir si ces conseils fonctionnaient. Au final, on a constaté qu’ils ne changeaient pas grand-chose : la démolition/reconstruction imposée aux habitants reste la norme. »

    De quelle façon intervenez-vous ?

    « Appuii n’est ni un labo de recherche, ni une association de professionnels, ni un collectif local de quartier. Mais un peu tout ça mélangé – il y a différentes sensibilités et des membres d’horizons divers. On intervient seulement quand on est sollicités par un groupe d’habitants déjà constitué et mobilisé. Quand c’est le cas, on essaye de rapidement nouer contact avec d’autres habitants et collectifs locaux, puis on élargit à d’autres structures – par exemple, le Dal [3], Pas Sans Nous, des associations de locataires…

    Mais on n’est pas un syndicat des quartiers populaires, il n’y a aucune volonté de représenter. Notre rôle tient d’abord aux conseils (techniques, méthodologiques, voire juridiques), puis à la mise en réseau, en tissant des liens et en apportant des retours d’expérience d’autres quartiers. Avec pour objectif qu’il y ait des échanges entre les groupes concernés par des rénovations urbaines (surtout quand elles relèvent de la politique nationale de l’Anru). Appuii est d’abord un facilitateur. On fait par exemple circuler des chartes de relogement produites par des groupes locaux, afin que d’autres s’en emparent, ainsi que des conseils juridiques, des astuces pour financer un avocat…

    L’association ambitionne aussi, à un autre niveau, d’amener les professionnels à s’interroger sur leurs pratiques. Par exemple, dans le domaine juridique : la plupart des avocats spécialisés dans l’urbain travaillent pour les aménageurs, promoteurs et collectivités. Ils se placent rarement au service d’habitants en lutte. Résultat : il y a peu de recours sur les opérations de renouvellement urbain, et trop peu d’attention est portée aux droits des résidents. D’où notre idée de constituer une sorte de réseau de compétences solidaires. Et ce n’est pas qu’une question de diplôme. Par exemple, quand il y a eu des problèmes de plomberie à La Coudraie, c’est un habitant bossant sur des chantiers qui comprenait le mieux les défauts de la réhabilitation et était capable de les expliquer. »

    Y a-t-il une lutte dont tu voudrais particulièrement parler ?

    « Celle de Fresnes à la cité des Groux, une cité de 200 logements. On a été appelé par l’association locale, Renaissance des Groux, qui lutte contre un projet de démolition totale du quartier, ni justifié, ni concerté. Les gens l’ont appris du jour au lendemain. Ils n’avaient pas l’habitude de s’exprimer et se sont demandé comment empêcher le bailleur d’effacer leur quartier et comment faire face aux pressions. Appuii est alors venue leur prêter main-forte. Depuis deux ans, on a lancé (et participé à) pas mal d’initiatives : des ateliers pour enfants, des pétitions, des recueils de témoignages d’habitants, la construction d’une maquette du quartier, une expo de photos… Le but : redonner une place centrale aux habitants. Pour qu’ils construisent des envies communes pour le futur, sans se laisser abattre par le mépris des institutions – par exemple, le bailleur ne répond ni à leurs sollicitations, ni à leurs courriers… En parallèle, Appuii a aussi lancé une procédure pour avoir accès aux documents administratifs. »

    Comment vois-tu les différentes luttes d’habitants dans l’Hexagone ?

    « Que ce soit en Île-de-France, à Nantes, à Échirolles, à Marseille ou à Clermont-Ferrand, un même constat se fait jour, celui de la nécessité d’une convergence des luttes urbaines. Il faut croiser les luttes, qu’il s’agisse de sauver des terres agricoles ou de combattre des projets imposés et destructeurs. C’est la seule façon d’exister face à la machinerie de communication des métropoles ou promoteurs. Et de faire échec aux logiques de la ville industrielle, puis post-industrielle : relégation des plus pauvres et accaparement des terres pour le seul profit. Des logiques très bien exposées par Henri Lefebvre dans Le Droit à la ville, livre fondamental dont on fête cette année les cinquante ans. Pour célébrer cet anniversaire, une série d’événements auront d’ailleurs lieu de mars à mai à Paris-Nanterre, Grenoble, Tours, Lille, etc. Il ne s’agit pas seulement de commémoration, mais de luttes actuelles pour faire vivre ce droit à la ville. »

    http://cqfd-journal.org/En-Appuii-aux-habitants
    #résistance #urban_matter #villes #géographie_urbaine #logement #droit_à_la_ville #concertation #participation #Fresnes #cité_des_Groux #France

    • Appuii

      L’association APPUII est composée d’enseignants-chercheurs, de professionnels des métiers de la ville, d’étudiants, de membres d’associations locales et d’habitants de quartiers populaires.

      APPUII intervient en soutien à des demandes de collectifs informels ou associations reconnues qui se mobilisent pour que la ville se fasse avec eux et non contre eux.

      Il s’agit de mobiliser des ressources, de renforcer des capacités, de mettre en place des intermédiations avec ces collectifs et associations afin de produire d’autres informations, des #alternatives d’aménagement ou des méthodes de débat.

      APPUII se positionne aussi à l’échelle nationale pour contribuer à alimenter une action sur la ville COOPERATIVE, SOUCIEUSE D’ECOUTE ET D’EGALITE.

      https://appuii.wordpress.com
      #alternative

  • What is ‘Energy Denial’ ?

    The fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day of 1970 will be in 2020. As environmentalism has gone mainstream during that half-century, it has forgotten its early focus and shifted toward green capitalism. Nowhere is this more apparent than abandonment of the slogan popular during the early Earth Days: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

    The unspoken motto of today’s Earth Day is “Recycle, Occasionally Reuse, and Never Utter the Word ‘Reduce.’” A quasi-taboo on the word “reduce” permeates twenty-first century environmentalism. Confronting the planned obsolescence of everyday products rarely, if ever, appears as an ecological goal. The concept of possessing fewer objects and smaller homes has surrendered to the worship of eco-gadgets. The idea of redesigning communities to make them compact so individual cars are not necessary has been replaced by visions of universal electric cars. The saying “Live simply so that others can simply live” now draws empty stares. Long forgotten are the modest lifestyles of Buddha, Jesus and Thoreau.

    When the word “conservation” is used, it is almost always applied to preserving plants or animals and rarely to conserving energy. The very idea of re-imagining society so that people can have good lives as they use less energy has been consumed by visions of the infinite expansion of solar/wind power and the oxymoron, “100% clean energy.”

    But… wait – aren’t solar and wind power inherently clean? No, and that is the crux of the problem. Many have become so distraught with looming climate catastrophe that they turn a blind eye to other threats to the existence of life. Shortsightedness by some who rightfully denounce “climate change denial” has led to a parallel unwillingness to recognize dangers built into other forms of energy production, a problem which can be called “clean energy danger denial.”

    Obviously, fossil fuels must be replaced by other forms of energy. But those energy sources have such negative properties that using less energy should be the beginning point, the ending point and occupy every in-between point on the path to sane energy use. What follows are “The 15 Unstated Myths of Clean, Renewable Energy.” Many are so absurd that no one would utter them, yet they are embedded within the assumption that massive production of solar and wind energy can be “clean.”

    Myth 1. ‘Clean energy’ is carbon neutral. The fallacious belief that “clean” energy does not emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) is best exemplified by nuclear power, which is often included on the list of alternative energy sources. It is, of course, true that very little GHGs are released during the operation of nukes. But it is wrong to ignore the use of fossil fuels in the construction (and ultimate decommissioning) of the power plant as well as the mining, milling, transport and eternal storage of nuclear material. To this must be added the fossil fuels used in the building of the array of machinery to make nukes possible.

    Similarly, examination of the life cycles of other “carbon neutral” energy sources reveals that they all require machinery that is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Steel, cement and plastics are central to “renewable” energy and have heavy carbon footprints. One small example: The mass of an industrial wind turbine is 90% steel.

    Myth 2. ‘Clean energy’ is inexhaustible because the sun will always shine and the wind will always blow. This statement assumes that all that is needed for energy is sunshine and wind, which is not the case. Sunshine and wind do not equal solar power and wind power. The transformation into “renewable” energy requires minerals, including rare earth metals, that are non-renewable and difficult to access.

    Myth 3. ‘Clean energy’ does not produce toxins. Knowledge that the production of fossil fuels is associated with a high level of poisons should not lead us to ignore the level of toxins involved in the extraction and processing of lithium, cobalt, copper, silver, aluminum, cadmium, indium, gallium, selenium, tellurium, neodymium, and dysprosium. Would a comparison of toxins associated with the production of clean energy to fossil fuels be an open admission of the dirtiness of what is supposed to be “clean?”

    Another example: Processing one ton of rare earths – materials necessary for alternative energy –produces 2,000 tons of toxic waste. Similar to what happens with Myth 2, toxins may not be produced during the operation of solar and wind power but permeate other stages of their existence.

    Myth 4. ‘Clean energy’ does not deplete or contaminate drinkable water. Though water is usually thought of for agriculture and cooling in nuclear power plants, it is used in massive amounts for manufacturing and mining. The manufacture of a single auto requires 350,000 liters of water.

    In 2015, the US used 4 billion gallons of water for mining and 70% of that comes from groundwater. Water is used for separating minerals from rocks, cooling machinery and dust control. Even industry apologists admit that “Increased reliance on low ore grades means that it is becoming necessary to extract a higher volume of ore to generate the same amount of refined product, which consumes more water.” Julia Adeney Thomas, associate professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, points out that “producing one ton of rare earth ore (in terms of rare earth oxides) produces 200 cubic meters of acidic wastewater.”

    Myth 5. ‘Clean energy’ does not require very much land. In fact, “clean” energy could well have more effect on land use than fossil fuels. According to Jasper Bernes, author of The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization, “To replace current US energy consumption with renewables, you’d need to devote at least 25-50% of the US landmass to solar, wind, and biofuels.”

    Something else is often omitted from contrasts between energy harvesting. Fossil fuel has a huge effect on land where it is extracted but relatively little land is used at the plants where the fuel is burned for energy. In contrast, solar/wind power requires both land where raw materials are mined plus the vast amount of land used for solar panels or wind “farms.”

    Myth 6. ‘Clean energy’ has no effect on plant and animal life. Contrary to the belief that there is no life in a desert, the Mojave is teeming with plant and animal life whose habitat will be increasingly undermined as it is covered with solar collectors. It is unfortunate that so many who express concern for the destruction of coral reefs seem blissfully unaware of the annihilation of aquatic life wrought by deep sea mining of minerals for renewable energy components.

    Wind harvesting can be a doomsday machine for forests. Ozzie Zehner, author of Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism, warns: “Many of the planet’s strongest winds rip across forested ridges. In order to transport 50-ton generator modules and 160-foot blades to these sites, wind developers cut new roads. They also clear strips of land … for power lines and transformers. These provide easy access to poachers as well as loggers, legal and illegal alike.”

    As the most productive land for solar/wind extraction is used first, that requires the continuous expansion of the amount of land (or sea bed) taken as energy use increases. The estimate that 1 million species could be made extinct in upcoming decades will have to be up-counted to the extent that “clean” energy is mixed in with fossil fuels.

    Myth 7. ‘Clean energy’ production has no effect on human health. Throughout the centuries of capitalist expansion, workers have struggled to protect their health and families have opposed the poisoning of their communities. This is not likely to change with an increase in “clean” energy. What will change is the particular toxins that compromise health.

    Ozzie Zehner points out that creating silicon wafers for solar cells “releases large amounts of sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. Crystalline-silicon solar cell processing involves the use or release of chemicals such as phosphine, arsenic, arsine, trichloroethane, phosphorous oxycholoride, ethyl vinyl acetate, silicon trioxide, stannic chloride, tantalum pentoxide, lead, hexavalent chromium, and numerous other chemical compounds.” The explosive gas silane is also used and more recent thin-film technologies employ toxic substances such as cadmium.

    Wind technology is associate with its own problems. Activist Caitlin Manning has reported on windmill farms in the Trans Isthmus Corridor of Mexico, a region “which is majority Indigenous and dependent on agriculture and fishing. The concrete bases of the more than 1,600 wind turbines have severely disrupted the underground water flows … Despite promises that they could continue to farm their lands, fences and security guards protecting the turbines prevent farmers from moving freely. The turbines leak oil into the soil and sometimes ignite … many people have suffered mental problems from the incessant noise.”

    Though the number of health problems documented for fossil fuels is vastly more than those for solar/wind, the latter have been used on an industrial scale for a much shorter time, making it harder for links to show up. The Precautionary Principle states that a dangerous process should be proven safe before use rather than waiting until after damage has been done. Will those who have correctly insisted that the Precautionary Principle be employed for fracking and other fossil fuel processes demand an equivalent level of investigation for “clean” energy or give it the same wink and nod that petrochemical magnates have enjoyed?

    Myth 8. People are happy to have ‘clean energy’ harvested or its components mined where they live. Swooping windmill blades can produce constant car-alarm-level noise of about 100 decibels, and, if they ice up, they can fling it off at 200 miles per hour. It is not surprising that indigenous people of Mexico are not alone in being less than thrilled about having them next door. Since solar panels and windmills can only be built where there is lots of sun or wind, their neighbors are often high-pressured into accepting them unwillingly.

    Obviously, components can be mined only where they exist, leading to a non-ending list of opponents. Naveena Sadasivam, a staff writer at Grist, gives a few examples from the very long list of communities confronting extraction for “clean” energy components: “Indigenous communities in Alaska have been fighting to prevent the mining of copper and gold at Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and a crucial source of sustenance. The proposed mine … has been billed by proponents as necessary to meet the growing demand for copper, which is used in wind turbines, batteries, and solar panels. Similar stories are playing out in Norway, where the Sámi community is fighting a copper mine, and in Papua New Guinea, where a company is proposing mining the seabed for gold and copper.”

    Myth 9. No one is ever killed due to disputes over ‘clean energy’ extraction or harvesting. When Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want, wrote in May 2019 that environmental conflicts are responsible for “the murder of two environmental defenders each and every week,” his data was out of date within two months. By July 2019 Global Witness (GW) had tabulated that “More than three people were murdered each week in 2018 for defending their land and our environment.” Their report found that mining was the deadliest economic sector, followed by agriculture, with water resources such as dams in third place. Commenting on the GW findings, Grist staff writer Justine Calma noted that “Although hydropower has been billed as ‘renewable energy,’ many activists have taken issue with the fact that large dams and reservoirs have displaced indigenous peoples and disrupted local wildlife.”

    GW recorded one murder sparked by wind power. Murders traceable to “clean” energy will certainly increase if it out-produces energy from fossil fuels. The largest mass murder of earth defenders that GW found in 2018 was in India “over the damaging impacts of a copper mine in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.” Copper is a key element for “clean” energy.

    Myth 10. One watt of ‘clean energy’ will replace one watt from use of fossil fuels. Perhaps the only virtue that fossil fuels have is that their energy is easier to store than solar/wind power. Solar and wind power are intermittent, which means they can be collected only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing, and storing and retrieving the energy requires complex processes that result in substantial loss of energy. Additionally, the characteristics of solar panels means that tiny fragments such as dust or leaves can block the surface and diminish efficiency.

    Therefore, their efficiency will be much less under actual operating conditions than under ideal lab conditions. A test described by Ozzie Zehner found that solar arrays rated at 1,000 watts actually produced 200-400 watts in the field. Pat Murphy, executive director of Community Solutions, notes that while a coal plant operates at 80-90% of capacity, wind turbines do so at 20-30% of capacity. Since they perform at such low efficiencies, both solar and wind energy require considerably more land than misleading forecasts predict. This, in turn, increases all of the problems with habitat loss, toxic emissions, human health and land conflicts.

    Myth 11. ‘Clean energy’ is as efficient as fossil fuels in resource use. Processes needed for storing and retrieving energy from intermittent sources renders them extremely complex. Solar/wind energy can be stored for night use by using it to pump water uphill and, when energy is needed, letting it flow downhill to turn turbines for electricity. Or, it can be stored in expensive, large and heavy batteries. Wind turbines “can pressurize air into hermetically sealed underground caverns to be tapped later for power, but the conversion is inefficient and suitable geological sites are rare.” Daniel Tanuro, author of Green Capitalism: Why It Can’t Work, estimates that “Renewable energies are enough to satisfy human needs, but the technologies needed for their conversion are more resource-intensive than fossil technologies: it takes at least ten times more metal to make a machine capable of producing a renewable kWh than to manufacture a machine able to produce a fossil kWh.”

    Myth 12. Improved efficiency can resolve the problems of ‘clean energy’. This is perhaps the most often-stated illusion of green energy. Energy efficiency (EE) is akin to putting energy on sale, and shoppers do not buy less of something on sale – they buy more. Stan Cox of the Land Institute in Kansas, describes research showing that at the same time air conditioners became 28% more efficient, they accounted for 37% more energy use. Findings such as this are due both to users keeping their houses cooler and more people buying air conditioners. Similarly, at the same time as automobiles achieved more EE, energy use for transportation went up. This is because more drivers switched from sedans to SUVs or small trucks and there were many more drivers and cars on the road.

    EE parallels increased energy consumption not just because of increased use of one specific commodity, but also because it allows people to buy other commodities which are also energy-intensive. It spurs corporations to produce more energy-guzzling objects to dump on the market. Those people who do not want this additional stuff are likely to put more money in the bank and the bank lends that money to multiple borrowers, many of which are businesses that use the loans to increase their production.

    Myth 13. Recycling ‘clean energy’ machine components can resolve its problems. This myth vastly overestimates the proportion of materials that can actually be recycled and understates the massive amount of “clean” energy being advocated. Kris De Decker, founder of Low-tech Magazine, points out that “a 5 MW wind turbine produces more than 50 tonnes of plastic composite waste from the blades alone.” If a solar/wind infrastructure could actually be constructed to replace all energy from fossil fuel, it would be the most enormous build-up in human history. Many components could be recycled, but it is not possible to recycle more than 100% of components and the build-up would require an industrial growth rate of 200%, 300% or maybe much more.

    Myth 14. Whatever problems there are with ‘clean energy’ will work themselves out. Exactly the opposite is true. Problems of “clean” energy will become worse as resources are used up, the best land for harvesting solar and wind power is taken, and the rate of industrial expansion increases. Obtaining power will become vastly more difficult as there are diminishing returns on new locations for mining and placing solar collectors and wind mills.

    Myth 15. There Is No Alternative. This repeats Margaret Thatcher’s right-wing perspective, which is reflected in the claim that “We have to do something because moving a little bit in the right direction is better than doing nothing at all.” The problem is that expanding energy production is a step in the wrong direction, not the right direction.

    The alternative to overgrowing “clean” energy is remembering what was outlined before. The concept of conserving energy is an age-old philosophy embodied in use of the word “reduce.” Those who only see the horrible potential of climate change have an unfortunate tendency to mimic the behavior of climate change deniers as they themselves deny the dangers of alternative energy sources.

    Kris De Decker traces the roots of toxic wind power not to wind power itself but to hubristic faith in unlimited energy growth: “For more than two thousand years, windmills were built from recyclable or reusable materials: wood, stone, brick, canvas, metal. If we would reduce energy demand, smaller and less efficient wind turbines would not be a problem.”

    Every form of energy production has difficulties. “Clean, renewable energy” is neither clean nor renewable. There can be good lives for all people if we abandon the goal of infinite energy growth. Our guiding principle needs to be that the only form of truly clean energy is less energy.

    https://www.localfutures.org/what-is-energy-denial
    #déni #énergie #énergie_propre #alternatives #alternative #mythes #croyances

  • Voitures nulle part, arbres fruitiers partout : quand des villes se déclarent vraiment en état d’urgence climatique
    https://www.bastamag.net/Climat-etat-d-urgence-rechauffement-fridays-for-future-conseil-citoyen-ene

    Partout en #Europe, des grandes villes comme de petites communes se sont déclarées en « état d’urgence climatique ». Paris l’a fait en juillet, Mulhouse et Montpellier en juin. Ces décisions sont-elles purement symboliques ? Ou ces municipalités s’engagent-elles réellement contre le réchauffement ? En Allemagne, c’est Constance, ville touristique et riche, qui a voté la première la résolution à la demande des jeunes de « Fridays for future », mobilisés depuis des mois. Pour eux, l’urgence climatique n’est (...) #Inventer

    / A la une, #Alternatives_concrètes, Europe, #Eviter_le_dépôt_de_bilan_planétaire, #Le_défi_du_réchauffement_climatique, #Climat, (...)

    #Politique

  • Journée sans voiture #2019
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/09/16/journee-sans-voiture-2019

    Une journée sans voiture vise à expérimenter dans le #monde ce que peut être la #Vie_sans_voiture. Cette journée est pour les piétons, les cyclistes et les transports en Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Fin_de_l'automobile #Marche_à_pied #Quartiers_sans_voitures #Transports_publics #Vélo #Ville_sans_voitures #2000 #Belgique #carfree #france #journée_sans_voitures #Québec #Suisse

  • Appel national pour la gratuité des #Transports_publics locaux
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/09/13/appel-national-pour-la-gratuite-des-transports-publics-locaux

    A l’occasion des deuxièmes rencontres internationales des transports publics gratuits à #châteauroux, la Coordination nationale des collectifs pour la gratuité des transports publics a lancé un appel pour interpeller et Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Pétitions #aubagne #chambery #clermont-ferrand #dunkerque #Gratuité_des_transports_en_commun #grenoble #lille #lorient #metz #nancy #rouen #transports_collectifs_urbains #transports_en_commun

  • Un radar pour sanctionner les automobilistes qui dépassent les vélos de trop près
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/08/28/un-radar-pour-sanctionner-les-automobilistes-qui-depassent-les-velos-de-trop

    Un nouveau type de radar est en phase de test dans l’agglomération de #montréal (Canada). Il vise à mesurer la distance entre un #Vélo et une voiture au moment d’un Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Insécurité_routière #Québec #radars #relations_cyclistes-automobilistes #sécurité_routière

  • Bouteilles d’#eau stockées au soleil : faut-il s’inquiéter ? | 60 Millions de Consommateurs
    https://www.60millions-mag.com/2019/08/23/bouteilles-d-eau-stockees-au-soleil-faut-il-s-inquieter-16333

    M. Vitrac émet en revanche plus de réserves quant à la présence croissante de #PET recyclé dans les bouteilles. « Il est impossible de prédire l’identité des contaminants potentiellement présents dans le PET utilisé dans le processus de #recyclage », écrivait d’ailleurs l’Autorité européenne de sécurité des #aliments en 2011.

    • Je bois de l’eau du robinet mais sa qualité est très moyenne (déconseillée aux nourrissons). Dans les zones rurales, si on n’est pas raccordé au réseau, l’eau des puits peut être contaminée (c’était le cas lorsque j’habitais à la campagne, l’eau était impropre à la consommation). Le problème est donc plus vaste.

    • Question contamination de l’eau par temps de canicule … L’eau de la #piscine dans laquelle j’ai été me tremper la semaine dernière a bien été analysée et contrôlée le 3 juillet, mais depuis presque deux mois, rien. Ah si, des algues verts gluantes qui envahissent le fond de ce ce bouillon verdâtre à la température inquiétante.
      Est-ce une nouvelle stratégie du maire de Toulouse qui s’acharne à fermer les piscines dont celle-ci a déjà disparu mystérieusement des cartes touristiques ?

  • Cet été, les vélos sont restés sur le quai du train
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/08/20/cet-ete-les-velos-sont-restes-sur-le-quai-du-train

    Le #Vélo dans le train a viré au cauchemar cet été pour beaucoup d’usagers. On ne compte plus les cas de familles avec enfants et vélos obligées de rester sur Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Transports_publics #sncf #témoignage #tourisme #trains #transports_en_commun #vacances

  • Quand le #tramway va remplacer une autoroute…
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/08/14/quand-le-tramway-va-remplacer-une-autoroute

    Signe des temps, dans la région parisienne, un tramway va bientôt remplacer une autoroute… Depuis le 29 mai 2019, l’A186 est définitivement fermée en vue de réaliser la future avenue Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Fin_de_l'automobile #Fin_des_autoroutes #Marche_à_pied #Transports_publics #Vélo #autoroutes #destruction #montreuil #paris

  • I migranti della #Open_Arms chiedono asilo dalla nave

    L’8 agosto per la prima volta nella storia dei soccorsi in mare, 89 migranti dei 121 soccorsi in due diverse operazioni dalla nave spagnola Open Arms nelle acque internazionali al largo della Libia hanno espresso la volontà di fare richiesta di asilo in Europa, mentre sono ancora a bordo della nave umanitaria. L’organizzazione non governativa spagnola Proactiva Open Arms ha consegnato queste richieste all’Alto commissariato delle Nazioni Unite per i rifugiati (Unhcr) e alla Centrale operativa della guardia costiera di Roma, in una mossa senza precedenti che potrebbe portare per vie legali al superamento del divieto di sbarco imposto dalle autorità italiane, dopo la conversione in legge del cosiddetto decreto sicurezza bis, che criminalizza il soccorso in mare e impedisce alle navi umanitarie di ricevere un porto di sbarco.

    I profughi – che provengono da Eritrea, Etiopia, Somalia e Costa d’Avorio – sono bloccati da otto giorni al largo di Lampedusa e non hanno ricevuto l’autorizzazione a sbarcare né in Italia né a Malta, nonostante i numerosi appelli della capomissione Anabel Montes Mier che ha denunciato una situazione critica a bordo. Il 9 agosto sono stati portati rifornimenti e a bordo è salito anche l’attore Richard Gere.
    Nel frattempo la nave norvegese Ocean Viking delle ong Medici senza frontiere e di Sos Méditerranée ha soccorso 85 persone, tra cui quattro bambini, a sessanta miglia dalle coste libiche. “Alcune donne hanno raccontato storie di violenza e di stupri, avevano sul corpo i segni di queste inenarrabili violenze”, ha raccontato Valentina Brinis, responsabile dei progetti di Proactiva Open Arms.

    “A bordo si è creato un clima tale per cui le persone si sono aperte e hanno raccontato le loro storie, ci siamo resi conto così che si trattava di persone che avevano bisogno di protezione in base alle leggi internazionali come la Convenzione di Ginevra del 1951”, continua Brinis. Per questo gli operatori legali e gli avvocati dell’organizzazione hanno raccolto le richieste di asilo da parte dei migranti e le hanno presentate all’Unhcr e all’Mrcc di Roma.

    Per la prima volta su una nave umanitaria i migranti hanno sottoscritto un documento in cui chiedono di poter fare domanda di asilo: questo procedimento apre una serie di questioni di diritto internazionale. “Di solito queste persone erano considerate soltanto naufraghi, invece sono in realtà dei richiedenti asilo. Questo significa che se fossero riportati indietro in Libia si tratterebbe di una violazione del principio di non respingimento sancito dalla Convenzione di Ginevra, ma anche dalla Convenzione europea dei diritti dell’uomo”, afferma l’operatrice, che insieme all’avvocato Arturo Salerni ha presentato le richieste. L’ong sottolinea che la richiesta dovrebbe sollecitare l’assegnazione di un porto sicuro di sbarco per persone che ne hanno diritto e che sono particolarmente vulnerabili.

    Ma il ministero dell’interno italiano ha risposto con una nota dicendo “che la Open Arms è spagnola” e in base alle convenzioni internazionali “è dovere dello stato di bandiera prendersi cura di coloro che si trovano a bordo, dopo essere stati raccolti o trasportati in acque internazionali: gli esperti del ministero dell’Interno stanno valutando la possibilità di richiamare pertanto la Spagna - anche in ambito giurisdizionale - al rispetto degli obblighi internazionali facendosi carico delle 89 persone”.

    L’organizzazione ribadisce di non essere interessata ad arrivare per forza in Italia, ma di voler chiedere con insistenza un porto sicuro di sbarco per i richiedenti asilo a bordo, tra loro 32 minori. “L’organizzazione aveva depositato un ricorso al tribunale di Palermo, competente su questa materia”, spiega l’ong. Anche il garante per i diritti delle persone private della libertà personale Mauro Palma ha sollecitato un intervento delle autorità italiane. Secondo Palma “la situazione in atto può e deve essere vista come ambito di competenza giurisdizionale del nostro paese, nonostante la sua presenza in acque internazionali”, in virtù del divieto d’ingresso nelle acque nazionali notificato dalle autorità italiane il primo agosto, per effetto del decreto sicurezza bis.

    “L’interdizione all’ingresso costituisce esercizio della sovranità e implica che ai migranti soccorsi e a bordo della nave debbano essere riconosciuti tutti i diritti e le garanzie (divieto di non respingimento, diritti dei minori stranieri non accompagnati, diritto di protezione internazionale) che spettano alle persone nei confronti delle quali l’Italia esercita la propria giurisdizione”, ha scritto Palma in una nota.

    A partire da queste premesse il garante ha denunciato “il duplice rischio di violazione del principio di non respingimento e del divieto di espulsioni collettive” da parte dell’Italia. E inoltre ha sottolineato che il divieto di ingresso può essere visto “come azione di respingimento collettivo delle persone soccorse, se esercitato senza un preventivo esame delle condizioni individuali delle stesse”.


    https://www.internazionale.it/bloc-notes/annalisa-camilli/2019/08/09/open-arms-richiedenti-asilo
    #sauvetage #ONG #Méditerranée #asile #migrations #réfugiés #droit_d'asile #demande_d'asile #UNHCR #HCR #alternative (à la fermeture des ports) #alternatives #voies_légales

    Je vais commencer, avec cet article, une nouvelle liste autour de la question des sauvetages en Méditerranée. La métaliste ici :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/706177#message767790

  • La #normandie sans voiture
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/08/08/la-normandie-sans-voiture

    Et si on allait en Normandie pendant les #vacances ? L’office du #tourisme de Normandie a produit différents guides et cartes pour se déplacer dans la région sans voiture. Signalons d’abord Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Fin_de_l'automobile #Ressources #Vie_sans_voiture #caen #carte #cartographie #rouen #Vélo #Vivre_sans_voiture

  • The hard facts behind deportation regimes

    Many countries have created deportation strategies that bring danger, despair and death. Why do we tolerate this? The answer is ungrounded fear of foreigners, of economic consequences and of crime. Many politicians raise our fears by painting irrational images and dehumanizing migrants and refugees. At the same time it is proven over and over that the deportation system doesn’t work. Walls, fences and even the fear of deportation don’t influence people’s mobility. War and desperate economic circumstances do. Funded by the European Research Council, anthropologist Barak Kalir studied the huge deportation systems, how they work, and the impact they have. He calls for an honest public debate about deportation in western liberal states.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=110&v=hGf_dQWgXkk



    #vidéo #rétention #détention_administrative #peur #asile #migrations #réfugiés #film_d'animation #ressources_pédagogiques #renvois #expulsions #coût #pouvoir #murs #complexe_militaro-industriel #médias #journalisme #inhumanité #frontières #Equateur #alternatives #efficacité #statistiques #budget #coût #Europe #EU #UE #USA #Etats-Unis

    ping @karine4 @isskein

    • The Draconian Governance of Illegalized Migrants in Western States

      This article proposes the term #Departheid to capture the systemic oppression and spatial management of illegalized migrants in Western liberal states. As a concept, Departheid aims to move beyond the instrumentality of illegalizing migration in order to comprehend the tenacity with which oppressive measures are implemented even in the face of accumulating evidence for their futility in managing migration flows and the harm they cause to millions of people. The article highlights continuities between present oppressive migration regimes and past colonial configurations for controlling the mobility of what Hannah Arendt has called “subject races.” By drawing on similarities with Apartheid as a governing ideology based on racialization, segregation, and deportation, I argue that Departheid, too, is animated by a sense of moral superiority that is rooted in a fantasy of White supremacy.

      https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/conflict-and-society/aop/arcs050102.xml

  • SANS TITRE… de transport
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/07/04/sans-titre-de-transport

    La #Gratuité_des_transports_en_commun (TC) est aujourd’hui l’objet de vifs débats : les études sur la faisabilité se multiplient (Sénat, Paris, Île-de-France, Clermont-Ferrand, #grenoble, etc.) et fait l’objet de nombreux Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Transports_publics #Belgique #bus #dunkerque #france #tallinn #transports_en_commun

  • Après quinze mois de grève, victoire pour les grévistes de la poste !
    https://www.bastamag.net/La-Poste-greve-victoire-Hauts-de-Seine-Gael-Quirante-Muriel-Penicaud

    Après quinze mois de grève et 40 séances de négociations avec la direction, les postiers des Hauts-de-Seine (92) ont enfin obtenu gain de cause ! Les négociations ont finalement abouti à un protocole qui reprend plusieurs des demandes sur lesquelles les grévistes refusaient de transiger, en particulier le report de la réorganisation des services, qui menaçaient de dégrader fortement leurs #Conditions_de_travail. « Nous sommes fiers du combat mené. Le 4 juillet nous reprendrons le travail plus forts ! (...)

    En bref

    / #Syndicalisme, #Luttes_sociales, #Alternatives,_résistances_et_solidarités_en_Île-de-France, Conditions de travail, #Transformer_le_travail, Services (...)

    #Services_publics

  • Le cycliste, une espèce protégée en cas d’accident
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2019/07/01/le-cycliste-une-espece-protegee-en-cas-daccident

    En cas d’accident, le cycliste est une victime privilégiée. La raison ? Le cycliste est au milieu des voitures comme « une proie parmi des prédateurs. Et les proies sont plus rapides, Lire la suite...

    #Alternatives_à_la_voiture #Vélo #accident #cyclistes #droit #justice #sécurité_routière