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Students will gather on Friday before the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition in Paris, where they will read a manifesto calling on the state to "declare the state of ecological and social emergency".

By Audrey Garric and Marine Miller Posted today at 06:21

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This is a lesson on the climate change that we intend to give young people the government. Friday, February 15, at 14 hours, students from universities in Paris will gather before the Ministry of ecological transition and solidarity in Paris. They will read a manifesto in the form of an ultimatum, "zero degrees or zero dots", calling on the state to "Declare the state of ecological and social emergency".

An event that marks the rallying of France to the movement "Fridays for Future", these school strikes for the climate led by thousands of young people around the world to demand actions of their leaders in favor of the climate.

Their first claim is precise: "Commit to a 4% annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to align with the Paris Agreement. " In case of no response in the week, students will conduct a civil disobedience action Friday, February 21. Before submitting a new request, and so on. "In the face of disaster, this teaching is our future, so failure is not an option", indicates their call.

"The government's inaction becomes scandalous. We are told carbon neutrality in 2050, but that amounts to doing nothing by then "says Antoine Soulas, 22, who is studying mathematics, physics and philosophy at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS). For several years, the young man has undertaken to "green" his school, through the association Ecocampus he chaired. He set up waste sorting, built a kitchen garden and hives on the roofs and even designed a solar power plant to be installed at the end of the year.

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Civil disobedience

"Actions on campus are not enough. We must also go directly to the leaders and stop relying on individual initiatives "he judges. With a handful of friends, he founded the collective Désobéissance écolo Paris to follow the international movement "Fridays for Future" – nicknamed "triple F" – and "Take more radical actions than the markets".

This choice of civil disobedience, voted in general assembly in Jussieu (Paris) Friday, February 8, does not make consensus in France, while the movement, still shy, is being structured. The very idea of ​​the strike was not obvious to a youth already mobilized by the reform of the tray and the Parcoursup platform.

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