Desire with ups and downs

By Pascal SteinwachsLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

The Mouvement Ecologique should, among other things, raise awareness on important topics says President Blanche Weber. This new awareness should be used as an opportunity to tackle the ecological and social transformation of society.

The Mouvement Ecologique was founded in the wild revolutionary year of 1968 by a group of environmentally conscious young people. At that time, it still bore the name "Association de la Jeunesse Luxembourgeoise pour l'Etude et la Conservation de la Nature". It then became the "Jeunes et Environnement" in 1974 and in 1981, when the young people had become adults, it became the Mouvement Ecologique as we know it today.

The dispute over the planned Remerschen nuclear power plant and the Cattenom nuclear power plant gradually turned the movement, which originally was purely interested in nature conservation, into a socio-political movement, which in 1984 welcomed that Luxembourg had its own Ministry of the Environment for the first time.

Since 2003, Blanche Weber is President of the Mouvement, as it is usually referred to. We met her for an extensive conversation in the "Oekozenter Paffendall".

Lëtzebuerger Journal: How do you feel in times of pandemic? Do you have the corona blues?

Blanche Weber: I don't have the corona blues, but I'll be glad when it's over.

What do you think of the government's Corona policy? The next lockdown will probably come after Easter …

I represent an environmental organization and it doesn't take a position on the government's policy on Corona itself. However, we believe that there should be much more focus on what could be done to help reduce the risk of such pandemics in the future.

After all, the whole vaccination thing is working out rather suboptimally …

Sorry, I'm not commenting on that. Except for this: The distribution of vaccination worldwide should be organized much more equitably!

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