“If being green, if doing good for the environment, for animals, that means being boring, and never having a single pleasure, that will not work, we know that very well”
Meeting with Hugo Clément, former Canal + journalist. He is today a well-identified figure in environmental activism. Hugo Clément publishes his new work “Journal de guerre historique”.
WHAT WAS YOUR OBJECTIVE BEHIND WRITING A GREEN WAR DIARY?
Hugo Clément: The aim of this new book is to inform about environmental disasters. But above all to talk about the men and women who fight to save what can still be protected.
Moreover, they offer different courses of action to move towards a world more respectful of living things. Notably to preserve this world where we can live in a favorable way as a human species.
WHERE DOES YOUR ECOLOGICAL COMMITMENT COME FROM AND SINCE WHEN?
Hugo Clément: It is quite recent. I date him about 5-6 years ago. I became interested in these issues through my profession as a journalist, by informing about the environmental issue, and trying to go in the right direction.
WHAT WERE YOUR MOST SHOCKING ECOLOGICAL FINDINGS?
Hugo Clément: I did not choose the word war by chance in the title of my book. Indeed, I chose it because on the ground, I very often have the impression of witnessing a war.
For example, my report in the Faroe Islands on dolphin hunting. It’s a tradition there, which continues to this day.
So, I witnessed the slaughter of dolphins, killed with knives. The sea turned red. It was literally a bloodbath. So, that’s when I thought to myself that I should call my book “Ecological War Diary”.
WHAT ARE, ACCORDING TO YOU, THE REASONS FOR “KEEPING HOPE”?
Hugo Clément: So there are a lot of them. There has been a general awareness among the population. We know what’s going on right now.
A lot of people change little things in their daily life. They are asking politicians to take bigger action.
Hope lies very much in the younger generations. So those who are in college and high school. These young people put the environment at the heart of their concerns.
To find out more, see our video: Hugo Clément: his new book “Journal of ecological warfare”.