ECOLOGY A ceremony is to be held at 5 p.m. at the city museum, with Mayor Eric Piolle, Minister for Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili and European Commissioner for environment Virginijus Sinkevicius

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<p> The city stands out in particular for its reassuring infrastructures to encourage cycling. — <em class=ALLILI MOURAD/SIPA

Cocorico in the Alps. The city of Grenoble celebrates this Saturday its title of “European Green Capital” 2022 awarded by the European Commission, during an official ceremony, on the sidelines of which several associations are organizing a march for a “social and popular ecology”. “Grenoble has deserved it“ the title of Ecological Capital thanks to; its unwavering commitment to becoming a healthier city for and with its citizens,” the commissioner at; the environment Virginijus Sinkevicius, who will participate in the the ceremony at from 5 p.m. at the city museum, alongside Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition, and d’ Eric Piolle, mayor of Grenoble.

Grenoble thus succeeds the Finnish city of Lahti as the winner of this title which rewards “exemplary measures” in terms of the environment and sustainable development. The capital of l’Isère is the 13th largest city in Europe. receive this title and the 2nd in France after Nantes in 2013. the press on Thursday, Eric Piolle lambasted the “evasion” of President Emmanuel Macron absent from the ceremony: he “turns his back on Grenoble and therefore to the millions of French people who want to act for the climate,” he said.

“The climate in the Alps is disturbed twice as much as elsewhere”

This distinction also coincides with the French Presidency of the European Council, whose priorities include the implementation of the European Green Pact and action in favor of zero pollution. ro, neutrality climate change, enhanced protection of biodiversity; and the realization of a circular economy, specified in a press release. the French representation of the Commission. “The climate in the Alps is disturbed twice as much as anywhere else. We already have past two degrees (of rising temperatures) and we need to be bold,” in October Eric Piolle, who received the Minister for the Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, at; on the occasion of the presentation of the project.

More than 200 events based on citizen participation, culture and science will be organized throughout the year to salute this title, which will receive funding of four million euros from the ;State. Along with the opening ceremony, the Confédération paysanne de l’Isère, as well as other local organizations (Together For Earth Grenoble, Solidaires Isère, Alternatiba Grenoble, Attac Isère,  etc.) call   a “march for a social and popular ecology” to from 2 p.m.

“In the Grenoble basin as well as elsewhere, we continue to expand shopping centers and build new ones, artificialize ever more living and agricultural spaces, not supporting a real policy of agricultural installation and access to agriculture; quality food to everyone, at demolish social housing instead of renovating it and develop road traffic, as with the A480 project in the financing of which Emmanuel Macron played a role; a key role,” denounces the Confederation in a press release.