Serge Grouard, deputy mayor of Orleans, and Valérie Terranova, a founding member of the Fondation Chirac and Secretary of the Fondation’s Board of Directors, led the meeting.
They reminded the public that, following up on Georges Pompidou‘s creation of the first Ministry for the Environment ministry in France, Jacques Chirac has contributed to implementing pioneering acts for the environment. Examples here in France are the laws on air (1996) or on strengthening the prevention of Industrial Accidents (2003).
His various stances have contributed to the evolution of the concept of environmental protection. Defender of a “humanist and pragmatic ecology”, Jacques Chirac has always underlined the need to place humans at the heart of their environment and the resources on which future generations depend; an ecology that goes beyond merely limiting damage. This was the meaning of the Environment Charter and its inclusion in the French Constitution in 2004 that confirmed the principle of the primacy of the environment.
Jacques Chirac continues his work through his foundation because respect for the environment is a prerequisite for sustainable and equitable development. Today, as was the case in 1998 at a conference for Nature Conservation in Fontainebleau, he called for the creation of an organization for an effective, global governance of the environment.
|Liens : The “Avec le Président Chirac” association’s websiteThe Constitution – Environmental Charter of 2004|