The theme of a just transition is in the interests of the Fondation de France, so he will be its main pillar. How and to what extent does SSE contribute to this just ecological transition? Clara Schumann, head of environmental and solidarity funds at the Fondation de France, explains why she decided to support this research.
Insecurity and ecological transition, what are we talking about?
According to Joseph Wrezinski, unreliability can be defined as ” […] lack of one or more safeguards enabling individuals and families to fulfill their basic responsibilities and enjoy their fundamental rights.”
Ecological transition is the transition from the existing way of production and consumption to a more environmentally friendly way. This corresponds to a change in the economic and social model that will fundamentally change the way we consume, produce, work together and live.
When we talk about insecurity and ecological transition, it is about learning how these two issues can be framed today, knowing that ecological transition can only be achieved by changing lifestyles and production and by involving the entire population.
Why did the Fondation de France decide to support this project?
Since the 1970s, the Fondation de France has dealt with SSE issues, in particular through a program on the topic of employment. For example, it supported integration through economic activities or the development of new business models (resource/recycling centres, third places, etc.).
Today, she wants to continue her work in the field of SSE, exploring how these models can represent solutions that, on the one hand, ensure the ecological transition, and on the other hand, do not leave any population on the sidelines of this movement. Therefore, we found it interesting that one of the partnerships of this research axis should move to a substantive research project, teaming up with one of the key players in the social and solidarity economy, the ESS laboratory.
What are the goals of this study? What do you expect?
The ESS laboratory identified two main research objectives:
1. Generate, synthesize and share knowledge about the role of SSE in achieving a just, inclusive and sustainable environmental transition.
2. Identify possible courses of action and recommendations.
This study will be one of the first sources on this issue in France for the general public, and will also serve as a guide for the future axis of the Fondation de France dealing with this issue.
How to link social and environmental issues?
This question is fundamental. It is now clear that vulnerable populations are more affected and will continue to suffer the consequences of environmental problems (climatic migration, air pollution, fuel shortages, etc.). However, these populations face a paradoxical situation, usually expressed as a doomsday or end of the month dilemma, which prevents them from accessing the solutions currently envisaged for the ecological transition. Therefore, it is important to understand the needs of vulnerable populations and find new solutions to make the transition more inclusive. For example, we are currently identifying initiatives that involve people in fragile situations in green transition projects, including employment opportunities. Historically, we have been one of the first partners of Territoires Zéro Chômeurs de Longue Longue, which through its experiments allows the permanently unemployed to engage in activities related to the ecological transition.
Throughout the study, the SSE lab will be accompanied by a working group consisting of small structures: ADEME, AG2R La Mondiale, ATD Fourth World, Chantier Ecole, National Council for Policies to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion (CNLE). , Coopaname, Emmaüs, FAGE, Federation of Solidarity Participants, RTE Foundation, Zoein Foundation, Cocagne Network, Restos du Coeur, Secours Catholique, Terres en Villes, Zero Long-Term Unemployment Territories, UDES, CCAS National Union, Unis-Cité.