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69% of the French are ready to lose practicality in favor of a low-carbon city

Posted November 29, 2022, 7:01 am

Much commented on during the first lockdown, the city escape has since slowed down. On the other hand, the search for nature is confirmed and this not only outside the city, but in the heart of the city cores. In light of the study “The French and the city”, carried out by OpinionWay for “Les Echos” and Euroméditerranée

is a vegetated or “renatured” city favored by 69% of respondents.

A rate that jumps to 81% in the 18-24 and 25-34 year-old categories. According to sociologist Ronan Chastellier, the desire for greenery goes beyond a few decorative plants meant for the landscape alone. It is a vital need for breathing, as if we must now always consider the metaphor of the ‘lung’ of urban politics. »

He clarifies that it is not a matter of “regression or reintegration of man into nature, but of a consciousness”. Thus, it does not matter that vegetation makes cities less functional, where traffic and parking interfere. Despite this, the French say they are inclined to deal with “a new entanglement, which they hope will be harmonious, of the natural and the economic”, analyzes Ronan Chastellier.

Social and ethnic mix for 18-24 year olds

“The vitality of a city is measured by its diversity, the flow of people and social ties”, summarizes the sociologist Ronan Chastellier.

“The vitality of a city is measured by its diversity, the flow of people and social ties”, summarizes the sociologist Ronan Chastellier.

If the people surveyed are waiting for a city “where we live and where we work”, it is “rejecting dormitories and deserted city centers in the evening”, assesses Ronan Chastellier, emphasizing that “mixing and the melting pot side are especially popular among younger generations”. In fact, if 21% of 18-24-year-olds and 18% of 25-34-year-olds mention a socially and ethnically mixed city, this share drops to 11% among those 65 and over. Similarly, the cultural offer gets 24% of the votes among 18-24-year-olds against 9% for 65-year-olds and over. What makes Ronan Chastellier say that “the definition of a ‘living city’ depends on the generation one belongs to”.

Conversion to soft travel modes

The topic of mobility also gives rise to a difference in relation to the age of the respondents: while public transport is preferred by 77% of those aged 65 and over, only about 46% of those aged 25-34 (of whom 52% prefer soft individual modes of transport rather than them).  In a time when

This conversion to soft travel modes indicates an accelerator that is “initiating a profound transformation” of urban environments.

This conversion to soft travel modes indicates an accelerator that is “initiating a profound transformation” of urban environments.

Precisely according to 63% of the respondents, the development of the city proves to be too apathetic with regard to the issues. “Climate change puts pressure on the development of cities, when we sometimes physically feel the thesis of the end of nature. And the cities’ adaptive strategies are often considered to be too slow or too late,” emphasizes Ronan Chastellier.

In harmony with the environment

This may explain why 38% of respondents (54% of those aged 65 and over) say they are ready to leave their municipality for a more environmentally friendly living environment.  Certainly has

Pollution and traffic act as a foil more than ever.

Pollution and traffic act as a foil more than ever.

Especially since pollution and traffic act as foils more than ever. What prompts Ronan Chastellier to say that “depaving the cities and putting an end to air pollution and the pathologies that result from it makes the topic green a quasi-public health priority in the eyes of the French”. “With climate threats, there can no longer be environmental denial in the city,” he concludes.

Methodology: The study “The French and the City” was conducted through interviews conducted from November 2 to 3, 2022, with a sample of 1,036 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over.

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