The pandemic, a “wake-up call,” according to Laure Waridel

La pandémie, un «wake-up call», selon Laure Waridel

Co-founder of Équiterre and co-spokesperson of the Pact for the transition, the écosociologue Laure Waridel explains that it is possible to take concrete action to make a real transition to a green economy and social in his book The transition, it is now. In his view, the pandemic was a “wake-up call” – an alarm bell to invite us to act.

Laure Waridel explains how to invest differently, eat differently, inhabit the territory in a smart way, working towards zero waste, and to take action by all possible means in his book, published a few months before the pandemic.

“When I wrote it, I never thought that a crisis of this magnitude was going to happen a few months later, she says in an interview. Even if it is not related to climate change, the root causes are still related to disruption of ecosystems and the fact that there are fewer degrees of separation between humans and disease, which, normally, should just stay on the pangolins and bats.”

These diseases are now coming to humans and spread, ” she says. “It is a widespread species throughout the world, so it is an extraordinary ground for the new zoonotic diseases, and it is a good time for new pandemics.”

She observes that we are witnessing the consequences of a report may be too dominant with ecosystems and nature. “We think we’re above all of that, but ultimately, we realize our vulnerability. In this book, I appeal to this as we take our precautions, to reduce our ecological footprint to protect biodiversity and also and above all to protect us. We are part of nature. “

Laure Waridel is clear: “It was a wake-up call with the COVID.” She says: “What we say to the scientists, it is: be careful, because it could have been much worse, in terms of virulence and mortality. But let’s go with changes in our practices and in our relationship with the environment.”

In solution mode

The écosociologue note that there are priority actions to consider, on a daily basis, in Quebec. “The first big change that needs to be made, in everyone, regardless of occupation, age, culture, it is realizing that we all have a lot more power than one would be inclined to believe. It is part of the problems as much as it is part of the solutions. And the more one is part of the problems, the more one has of the behaviors that pollute, the more it has the potential of being part of the solution by transforming our behavior.”

“There is no collective change happens without there first of individuals who realize that they can change things. I think that the first enemy to knock down, it is the cynicism with respect to the problems.”

In this book, she wanted to share the fruit of his knowledge and his thoughts. “There is so much potential to make the company better, in the sense of well-being, more happy, more healthy, we must first have this awareness.”

In a very practical way to reduce our ecological footprint, it suggests to reduce our material consumption and to pay attention to the resources that are consumed by responding to a want rather than a need.

There is a place to ask questions about the habit of consume, discard, consume, discard. “We live in a consumer society where identity is often what we bought. When there is a question basically on what makes us happy – some have had this awareness during the pandemic, we realize that our greatest wealth is the people around us, people we love.”

♦ Laure Waridel is écosociologue Ph. D. and associate professor at UQAM.

♦ She is the co-spokesperson of the Pact for the transition and co-founder of Équiterre.

♦ She is a member of the research Chair on the ecological transition and of the Institute of environmental sciences.

♦ She has also written the best-sellers Buy, is to vote and The backside of the plate, published by Écosociété.


“The bags, packaging, tableware, straws and other objects of single-use plastic are particularly problematic, especially for aquatic environments. They pollute the lakes, rivers and oceans. They kill birds, fish, turtles and marine mammals. These are many to confuse the debris of plastic with food. Bags floating are regularly mistaken for jellyfish by marine animals. The plastic degradation can be consumed by living beings as small as plankton, at the bottom of the food chain.”

– Laure Waridel, The transition, it is now Éditions Écosociété

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