Paris supports ecological transformation in working class neighborhoods

Posted in December. 2021 at 9:42

Noise, pollution, fuel poverty, poor food diversity … For residents of low-income neighborhoods, this is often the double punishment: environmental inequality combines with social hardship. Paris is no exception to the rule. 362,000 inhabitants, or 16% of Parisians, live in one of these regions, which is generally located at the gates of the capital. One in four lives there below the low income threshold. One in three is under 25. Now, “77,000 families are in fuel poverty” recalls Anne-Poe, deputy mayor (EELV) in charge of the file on Anne Hidalgo’s team, who also notes “above-average obesity rate” Parisienne In these neighborhoods.

Last February, the Paris municipality added, in an unprecedented way, an environmental component to the city contract it has been publishing since 2015 with the state in these priority areas for city policy (QQPV). During the meeting of the Paris Council at the end of November, I moved to practical work. Elected officials awarded €60,000 to 17 projects of associations working on environmental transformation in these priority neighbourhoods.

concrete initiatives

The amount is modest. You will aim to gain momentum over the years. The goal is to support tangible initiatives led by established associations in their neighbourhoods. The 11th arrondissement will see Par Has’art install a vermicomposter, while in the 20th arrondissement, the city subsidizes a socially priced grocery store. Not far away, in the 19th arrondissement, Altrimenti will educate residents about waste reduction and the fight against waste. Porte de Vanves, where many single-parent families live, the city of Paris supports a project to teach women to ride a bicycle, moreover, it is her unmixed personality that causes the right discomfort.

“A quota is a population takeover. Contrary to popular belief, there is awareness of climate issues, notes Anne Claire-Beau. On the other hand, many residents think it’s not theirs”, particularly with regard to organic and sustainable foods. To maintain a balance between social and environmental policy – a key issue in this complex political period – Paris ensures that priority neighborhoods are included in its projects. Twenty-two of the 37 winners of the 2021 Call for Sustainable Food for Enterprise are there, as well as five ‘waste-free zones’. “Since 2014, 15 suppliers and 36 responsible consumption stores have been opened in neighborhoods thanks to the activity of the City of Paris” refers to the deliberations voted on by the Paris Council.

Exposure to noise and pollution

However, on heavy sites, there is still a lot to be done. It will take years to reduce exposure to noise and pollution from buildings adjacent to the Ring Road. Paris will do this in particular by renovating the church doors, and more recently Montreuil and Bagnolet. The city did not win the Battle of the Ring Road. But the ambitious bicycle plan, also voted on November 19 by the Paris Council, should make it possible to better connect the gates of the capital on two wheels.

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