I tried and it works!
Ferney-Voltaire is in the middle of discussing the revision of the town planning rules. The town hall has done exactly what they promised and put all the presentations on their web site
The International School has, from this year, joined the “Eco-responsible School” program, initiated by the Rhône-Alpes region. In this context they conducted a number of awareness events with students but they also wanted to involve the parents.
To this end, in partnership with the association “Eco Pratique” (organiser of the Green Film Festival), a film by Marie-Monique Robin “Les Moissons du Futur” was screened in the conference room of the High School on February 19. This film investigates the methods of agro-ecology around the globe, giving voice to many stakeholders (farmers, international experts, scientists). It provides a hopeful outlook about the possible solutions to the food crisis.
This session was open to all parents and led by a group of students from the class 1ES2 who’ve watched the film and are working on an interdisciplinary project. The screening was followed by a lively student discussion. The Eco-Practique Association hopes to repeat this collaboration with the International School of Ferney.
On the 6th of October 2012, multiple associations made a citizens “Grand Forum”, on the subject of our ideas for the Agenda 21 program.
A video was produced, showing what we did during the day
The 7 projects will be followed by the “Colibris du Pays de Gex”. Project #5, the “Green Map”, will be led by Eco-Pratique and anyone else who wants to help.
After 2012, Agenda 21 gets started in Ain… See your copy of the departmental magazine or follow the link here http://www.ain.fr/internetfichiers/magazine/sup_numero20/appli.htm
The Agenda 21 action program comprises 6 axes, 26 actions et 84 sub-actions. You can see them all here (in French)
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This e-book is a guide to re-imagining our cities and our way of life to find a way to reduce our carbon emissions to zero.
This book, written by Alex Steffen, is completely free to share with others, as it has a “creative commons” license.
As it is so new, it is only available in English, however, if anyone is interested in translating it into French, the author will allow us.
Download it here. Read it. Share it.
- Change your electricity supplier for a green supplier
- Use your bike more, or buy one – see www.apicy.fr for information on second hand sales for bicycles.
- Join an AMAP (or similar) or try growing yourself some fruits and vegetables
The first thing you notice when entering Ferney-Voltaire is the colour green. Any space that has room seems to have Flowers, fruits and vegetables growing in it. It’s actually hard to see many of the buildings behind the vegetation. There are allotments all over as well as several active AMAPs. More than half of the food needed by the inhabitants of Ferney is grown in the town.
The next thing you notice is the wonderfully calm atmosphere. The city centre is not exactly off limits to cars, but the speed limit has been reduced to 20km/hr and most people in cars don’t drive around town. It’s a bit like the centre of Lucerne. There are bicycles of all types and shapes – with and without trailers for both goods and children. The velo taxi’s are great too, providing local employment and making sure everyone can get around town. The bicycle lanes have been extended throughout and both pedestrians and cyclists can move across town without ever needing to be on a road.
When it comes to housing we have had two major changes. Existing housing has been made slightly wider to fit external insulation and triple glazing, as well as mostly upgraded to solar panels. New housing is energy positive – generating more energy than it uses – and is designed with zero impact on growing space. All new buildings and many of the existing ones have green roofs where they are not suitable for solar. All parking is underground, but lit with sun-pipes during daylight to save power.
Local shopping is now based around the local economy. All shops and local tradespeople accept the local currency. We now have several local agriculture outlets (an extension of AMAPs) providing local, healthy, organic food. Similarly we have more cafés, also providing local food. Two car sharing/rental systems, a tool hire co-operative, as well as a thriving butcher, cheese shop, and bakers. The saturday market has been extended – it is now 100% bio, and 95% local and all residents have the right to sell their produce from their own gardens – being paid in the local currency of course.
La Poterie has been remade as a modern industrial zone, providing local manufacturing using local materials (like wood and clay) as well as materials from the small dechetterie/recycling centre. In addition there are several repair/re-use/up-cycling cafés, where people can bring objects to be repaired or re-used. This has provided more jobs in town, as well as teaching people all sorts of useful skills.
Local associative life is thriving. Having free wireless internet in all meeting rooms made it much easier to crowd-source innovations and speed up all sorts of projects in town – especially new arts projects. The ability to bring speakers in to conferences by Skype instead of in person, meant we could bring many more new ideas to Ferney. But overall, one of my favourite local projects is the two Party Trees in Parc de la Tire & Pace Abbé de Boisson – with a (free) booking system online at the Mairie. Anyone resident in the town can book the park area around a Tree for an outdoor party – not cleaning up after yourself simply means you will not be allowed to book again. This has significantly contributed, in summer, to the social interaction in the town.
The Community of Communes of the Pays de Gex is currently developing its Agenda 21 and its Territorial Climate Energy Plan.
To present the strategy and work on proposals for concrete actions, the CCPG is organising a FORUM21 for ACTIONS to be held on:
Friday, October 26, 2012
Village Hall – ECHEVENEX
From 18: 00
The program of this 3rd Forum 21 is as follows:
18h00: Arrival of participants
18h10: Opening Remarks by E. Blanc, President of the Community of Communes of the Pays de Gex
18h20: Presentation of the Agenda 21 strategy and PCET
18h35 p.m.: Workshops on proposed actions
19h45: Sharing of the proposals
20h30: end of the forum and conclusion by Messrs. Blanc and Chanel
20h45: “moments of conviviality” with a glass
During the workshops, a snack will be provided.
Agenda 21 of associations and citizens of the Pays de Gex
Saturday 6 October 2012 St Genis Pouilly
The objectives for this day :
- Find solutions together
- Make sure everyone can propose their projects
- Lead to concrete actions
Note: this session will be held in French, but we are friendly and will help if you need it
Salle Jean Monnet, St Genis Bus Y, stop « Jean Monnet »
14h-15h Plenary session
17h30 Workshop results in plenary session
19h Canadian Buffet
Film shown at the Marché Bio