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“If we don’t do it, who will?” : question, book

“If we don’t do it, who will?” : question, book

Faced with a climate emergency and structural difficulties, the book published and edited by Damien Caillard “If We Don’t, Who Will?” illustrates through 37 testimonies of local actors to which everyone can contribute on a daily basis.

In the fall of 2018, seeing Nicolas Hulot, with tears in his eyes, announcing that he was resigning as Minister of the Environment, Damien Caillard (who created the medium Le Connector dedicated to territorial innovation) decided to create typography media, also digital, dedicated to territorial resilience. This admission of helplessness before the political world and other lobby groups just opened his eyes wide.
If the political class fails to move the lines, or does not move fast enough on environmental issues, it is advisable to look to the citizens and decision makers to speed up the movement according to the principle of the hummingbird legend. At the same time, he joined the association Resistance here which organizes round tables and events with local transition actors.

If we don’t, who will? : a book

It is undeniable that the awareness of the upcoming environmental challenges has greatly advanced. But beyond the intention, the question raised remains a useful and effective daily action. Should this action remain the prerogative of small groups of eco-gaucho individuals? Should the majority be trained or forced? Who drives it? So many important questions that must be answered in order to reach the goal. So, based on the material, to say the least dense, accumulated during many interviews conducted for Tikographie, Damien Caillard decided to become an editor as well, publishing a book If we don’t, who will? accompanied by Virginie Rossigneux, trainer of Gestalt therapy and Marie-Pierre Demarty, freelance communicator. The foreword to the book was written by Fanny Agostini and her husband Henri Landes, very involved in ecology, within their own association Landestini.

37 testimonials

The book is a collection of 37 testimonies of actors in the territory who are committed, in different capacities, to initiating the necessary change. During the interview, a kind of community emerges that is capable of succeeding where the legislator can fail, mired in social or electoral issues. The book is structured around chapters that bring together the ideas of three groups of people representing the community, the economic world and civil society. Between the interviews, the authors propose “interspaces” that allow testimonies to be placed at the center of the debate: in turn, elected officials, department directors, business leaders, managers of committed associations… present their visions, their ideas, their solutions and their hopes, thus creating a fairly coherent whole that restores some hope in dealing with an emergency situation. The list of interlocutors is obviously not exhaustive, the metropolis, and even more so Auvergne, is a natural scene of actions that often remain in the shadows.

Territorial resilience

Ecological transition is an integral element of territorial resilience, an area in which Damien Caillard develops within Tikographie. According to ADEME, a resilient territory can be defined as a territory in motion, capable of anticipating sudden or slow disruptions, mitigating or absorbing their effects, recovering and recovering through learning, adaptation and innovation. The goal is to evolve towards a new state in “dynamic balance” built collectively, preserving its functionalities. Demographics, environment, social issues, economy and technology are areas on which resilience is based and which of course require support, education and communication.

Photo of 7 days in Clermont

If we don’t, who will?
Damien Caillard, Vigine Rossigneux and Marie-Pierre Demarty published by Éditions Tikographie

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