Ecologists don’t stop where profit begins

Yannick Jadot, député européen EELV 2016
'People need to be engaged with good news, rather than turned off with bad news all the time' says Yannick Jadot

Eco activist Yannick Jadot savaged the government for failing to ban glyphosate and buckling under to the agro-chemical lobby but such direct challenges are normal for a man who led Greenpeace campaigns against nuclear arms. The Europe Ecologie MEP tells Samantha David of the need for a green society that makes everyday life better

As an economy student in Paris, Yannick Jadot was an active member of numerous environmental groups then, after university, worked for various foreign NGOs spending several years in Burkina Faso and Bangladesh.

From 2002-2008 he was a gung-ho campaign director at Greenpeace, and hit the headlines when he sailed an inflatable zodiac into the Ile Longue nuclear submarine base, near Brest, to protest against the French nuclear arms programme, which Greenpeace said was illegal under the Non-Proliferation Treaty which France had signed.

“Oh yes, that was mad,” he says with a laugh. “And they took me to court you know, for spying, threatening the interests of the State... as if that was possible, just a few of us wobbling about on an inflatable, with dozens of journalists along!”

He also made headlines when energy giant EDF hacked his computer at Greenpeace to spy on its campaigns (the case went to court in 2011 and some EDF staff were found guilty).

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