L'illusion de l'énergie verte | La face cachée des énergies vertes | ARTE

For my Anglo-friends, that's the conclusion script translated by yours truly.

We must not forget that for any (green) transformation promoted by industries, it is business growth that matters most.

Randy Hayes, Rainforest Action Network. "The world of business and commerce is driving the energy transition. So it is not like there are benevolent heartful people out there trying to find to solve the problems in the best way possible ways. The wind and the solar companies are trying to have a profitable business and that's not going to save the planet or save our human race."

Philippe Bihouix, Momentum Institute, Engineer: "Today we have a consumption of energy and materials that is completely incredible. To maintain it, from the perspective of resources, it is Extractivism of oil, gas, minerals that will be gigantic. The question is "can we maintain it or not?". There a way that is to accelerate, as we have been doing. We dig deeper. We may even mine on the moon or asteroids, and in that case, we must pretend to ignore the damage it will generate."

Randy Hayes, Rainforest Action Network. "Right now, our industrial society talks about growth. All elected politicians want more growth. Growth of the economy, growth of spending, growth of investments. Everyone wants growth. But the truth is that we must orchestrate a major U-turn in a fundamentally different direction."

Philippe Bihouix, Momentum Institute, Engineer: "We are mistaking transition. We are in a fake transition. We are in a transition that is based on technology and technological progress, and resource consumption, when we should base our transition towards sobriety."

Zhou Jinfeng, Chinese Foundation for Ecological Development, Secretary-General. "If the Chinese population wants to achieve the same ways of life as the westerners, 5 planets would not be enough. The ecological pressure that we are facing is enormous. We must change. We must not follow the footsteps of the already developed nations. We have to choose a different development model."

Randy Hayes, Rainforest Action Network. "We must radically reduce our consumption of energy and resources. It is not a message that is easy to hear for the world of business and industry captains. It is not a message you can sell to the politicians that want to be re-elected".

Can we really renounce our model based on growth, and with it, a part of our material comfort? This new technological revolution will not allow us to spare another revolution, the revolution of our consciousness and our way of life.

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