Carcassonne-Mild Extinction: When the economy is closely linked to ecology

In light of its economic impact on international affairs and rising energy prices, Carcassonne citizens, members of the Ecological and Social (CCES), Xavier Bigot, Ingrid Julien, Joëlle Munck and Lucie Arderiu have told the municipality about the theme of light. I warn you. extinction.

“Two reasons motivate our intervention.”Launch Xavier Bigot in the introduction. “The first oneHe said, It has to do with the international situation, especially the war in Ukraine, which is causing an unmistakable increase in energy costs. “.. Second, he continues, “We were concerned about the article published in L’Indépendant in connection with the response that the city of Carcassonne had developed regarding the extinction of light, and sparked a safety debate.”..

We want to move from “lighting anytime, anywhere” to “lighting where and when we need it.” Everything has a methodology.

Ingrid Julian confirms that: “Today, the city of Carcassonne spends about 470,000 euros on public lighting. It has a considerable budget.”She decides, “And this memo As energy costs continue to rise, they will continue to rise. “.. Faced with soaring prices, municipalities are trying to adapt. Public lighting is certainly one of the roads explored. corn, “For security reasons, we have not yet taken steps to turn off the entire neighborhood.Confessed in our column on February 22nd. Anne Garouste in the mayor’s office. “But security is not a valid argument.”Reacts to Xavier Bigot. “Especially because serious research on safety and the extinction of light has not been done nationwide, it is always the responsibility of the municipality.”Add Joëlle Munck, a board member of the CCES Association. “The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan estimates 80% of daytime thefts, robbery, transactions and assaults.”, She guarantees. And to add “According to available surveys, communities labeled with starred towns and villages face less misconduct than other communities.”.. In the case of Xavier Bigot, the opposite effect may occur. “For example, when it comes to cars, extinguishing a fire involves slowing down the driver, while accidents are less and less serious. This can be done, for example, on the boulevard of Carcassonne, across the belt. I can do it.”..

Saving for the community …

Ingrid Julian emphasizes one fact: “A town similar to Carcassonne, which shut down from 11 pm to 6 am, achieved a 50% savings. From the first year, these could be reinjected into new, energy-consuming equipment. More suitable for the policy pursued (LED, voltage drop, etc.) “..

In fact, we have everything we get

“We can carry out these projects with the neighborhood association. Therefore, the saved money can be reinvested in the neighborhood association and carry out civilian projects. In fact, everything we get from it. I have one. “She confidently guarantees. “Everything must be done and built collectively, including the citizens themselves.”..

… while maintaining biodiversity

Unlike security “Studies exist and undoubtedly show that they interfere with all living things, day and night. On the other hand, they interfere not only with us, but also with animals, insects and plants.”Ingrid Julian continues. “Several towns and villages are implementing this policy. It’s important, she guarantees us, we pay attention to the return of birds, butterflies and foraging insects …” In the case of Lucie Arderiu, a board member of CCES “The glowworm is a sad example of this problem. The female glows and attracts the male, but because of the nightlight, the latter is no longer attracted to the female. As a result, the male disappears in decades.”She mourns.

The extinction of light, which is methodologically and intellectually carried out in consultation with the public, “Beyond non-negligible energy savings, improve biodiversity, happiness, and citizens’ dynamics”They explain. “That is the starting point and the establishment of beautiful dynamics.”.. “Many municipalities, and this is true not only in Villalier’s Le Rin, but also in Mérens and Dordogne. That’s quite possible.”Xavier Bigot concludes.

“We were able to turn off the streetlights on the boulevard. It’s not a lot of traffic at midnight,” explains Xavier Bigot.
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