Your ice-cold message to Macron

A,

Last month, things got icy at the Ministry of Economy in Paris. We delivered more than 200,000 SumOfUs members’ signatures demanding that the French government drops its financial support to Total's devastating new gas megaproject in the Arctic.

Photo of the huge blocks of ice brought in front of the Ministry. They representing the 700 million euros guarantee that the French state could grant Total for its destructive projectPhoto credit : Anna Kurth / Reporterre

TV and radio crews followed us and our partners from Les Amis de la Terre and 350. We installed a massive ice sculpture in front of the Ministry. It spelled €700,000,000 to represent the guarantee that the French State could grant Total for its destructive project.

Photos of the three campaigners in front of the Ministry carrying the boxes containing the 200,000 signaturesCampaigners behind the stunt (from left to right):
Anna-Lena Rebaud (Friends of the Earth), Clémence Dubois (350) et
Leyla Larbi (SumOfUs)

Photo of the delivery of your signatures by our campaigner,...  Leyla, to Nicolas Dufaud, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of the Economy and FinanceDelivery of your signatures to Nicolas Dufaud, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Economy and Finance

For hours, the ice blocks melted, just like the Arctic ice pack. After a while, they disappeared completely, like public money might vanish in Total's deep pockets.

A, your mobilization shed light on this secretive project. You put pressure on the French government which now faces harsh criticism.

Press clippings of our action in front of the ministryThe stunt was covered by many: on the radio, in newspapers, on tv and on social networks

A, we must keep pressuring Macron! And we need your help to obtain a firm and definitive NO from the French government. Can you make a monthly donation to strengthen our campaign and put an end to public funding of oil and gas projects?

Your message is clear as ice: public money must no longer be used to fund projects that destroy our future, pushing us even further into the abyss of the climate crisis! Now, let’s ensure that the French government walks the talk.

You can do these two things to strengthen the mobilization against Total’s gas megaproject:

Thanks for all that you do,
Leyla and the Team at SumOfUs


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More information:

NGO's ice sculptures in Paris to protest Total expansion in Arctic
Euronews. 20 May 2021

Exclusive: International lenders back $9.5 billion financing for Russia's Arctic LNG 2 - document
Reuters. 18 September 2020. Global Warming Is Driving Polar Bears Toward Extinction, Researchers Say
The New York Times. 20 July 2020. (Op-ed in French) L’Etat français doit cesser son soutien à l’exploration gazière en Arctique.
L'Obs. 26 February 2021.


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