Climate change has become a major social concern. The negative effects on the environment, the peoples and the economy are now widely known. Highlighting the need to ensure the proper functioning of the water cycle to restore the climate seems to us, therefore, essential.
In general, and especially during formal negotiations between states, climate change is still associated with greenhouse gas emissions. However climate change can’t be limited to the greenhouse gas emissions problem. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) explains that the water cycle is influenced by the human activities since the 60’s and that it is one of the predominant factors of the climate change.
Water is an important issue in the most significant impact of climate change on people: for example storm, flood, dryness,… These impacts have a huge media coverage however the water cycle perturbation because of the human influence on the climate are much less known. Despite its key role in climate change, the essential link between climate and the water cycle which explains an important part of climate change has so far never been taken into account in climate international agreements.
France Libertés has three objectives :
- explain how the water cycle and climate are linked to local and global levels with a deliberate focus on water infiltration, evaporation and evapotranspiration.
- present alternatives from every part of the world proving that human activities don’t have to necessarily be bad for the climate and the water cycle.
- show that it is possible for everyone to act positively to put in place management methods that respect the water cycle, and thus to be an actor of a better climate balance.
Raising awareness amongst the young people through Equilibro
France Libertés, Fédération Léo Lagrange and Les Petits Citoyens developed L’Equlibro, a quality educational game aimed at raising children’s awareness about the effects of climate change on the planet.
Equilibro is a cooperative game for 4 to 32 children, animated by an adult who can be played on one to several sessions. The objective is to restore the planetary climate balance, represented by a giant puzzle plateau with sick earth on one side and healthy earth on the other side by answering and debating questions Acting-Knowing-Thinking around three thematic axes, Water-Climate-Balance.
Workshop to raise awareness of the links between water and climate in urban areas
We created a workshop about the links between water and climate in urban areas in order to raise awareness about various themes such as leaders role in fighting climate change, social inequalities in access to water or the place of nature in the city. This is a participatory workshop, where we all have solutions. For neophytes and activists.
Conferences about the links between water and climate
By returning water to the earth and restoring the balance between water infiltration and evaporation, many initiatives are helping to restore the functioning of the water cycle at the local level and to fight climate change at a global level. Citizens, associations, local authorities and states can and must act now. In order to develop this essential part of understanding and fighting climate change, we organize conferences and debates bringing together scientists and solution-holders.
Exchanges of experiences
Many actors (communities, institutions, associations, urban planning professionals) are creators of projects which are respectful of the water cycle. In order to create synergies between these different players and to stimulate the emergence of new projects of this type throughout the French territory, we want to bring together elected officials and civil society and thus organize exchanges of experiences on the themes of water and climate.