Mutualist rapprochement, Catholic relief, ecology among young people… The brief ESS of the week

  • La France Mutualiste and Malakoff Humanis confirm their union

The general meetings of France Mutualiste and Malakoff Humanis approved their merger on April 25, 2024. Following a memorandum of understanding signed on April 5, 2024, this union materializes through the affiliation of France Mutualiste to Sgam (mutual insurance group company) Malakoff Humanis, subject to authorization from the Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority (ACPR).

Together, La France Mutualiste and Malakoff Humanis bring together assets of 22 billion euros in savings and a team of 1,000 professionals. Their merger aims to create a “ ethical alternative on the savings market including reduced fees and products marked with a strong imprint in terms of responsible finance »we can read in the press release from France Mutualiste.

For Malakoff Humanis, this development on the savings market constitutes an area of ​​diversification which is an extension of its social protection activities. For France Mutualiste, this merger aims to diversify and rejuvenate its portfolio of members, with the aim of sustaining its development. “ Joining a group such as Malakoff Humanis represents a real opportunity for France Mutualiste: we are consolidating our mutual model and accelerating our growth while maintaining our autonomy », declares Isabelle Le Bot, general director of France Mutualiste. Ultimately, the latter aims to double its turnover by 2030.

More broadly, the union aims to capitalize on the complementarity of the offers and distribution channels of the two entities to strengthen their size and competitiveness.

  • Young ecological generations and My little planet survey young people on ecology

The Young Ecological Generations and My Little Planet associations jointly conducted a national survey to explore young people’s commitment to the planet and the role of eco-delegates. This study, carried out with more than 1,700 students under the age of 18, reveals that 93% of them say they are sensitive to ecology. Among the subjects that concern them the most, we find climate change at the top (67%), closely followed by air and water pollution (58%), waste management (52%), impact on biodiversity (49%), and renewable energies (42%). Moreover, 86% of students consider it important, or even very important, to promote ecology within their school.

However, despite the government’s introduction of eco-delegates in 2020, confusion persists regarding their exact role. While 80% of young people believe that this role is useful within their establishment, nearly 70% of them believe that their eco-delegates do not act sufficiently. Among the actions they would like to see implemented by the eco-delegates, monthly waste collection is at the top (21.37%), followed by the creation of a vegetable garden at the back of the courtyard (17.35% ) and the installation of sorting bins in the canteen (14.4%).

In response, Young Ecological Generations and My Little Planet have initiated support programs for eco-delegates, aimed at strengthening their capacity to carry out concrete actions for the environment.

  • Mobility in rural areas: a report from Secours catholique points out the gaps

Published on April 25, 2024, a report entitled “Rural territories: lacking mobility” takes stock of mobility in rural areas in France. The result of a collaboration between Secours catholique-Caritas France and eight other associations, as well as researchers and local authorities, it highlights the lack of public transportation solutions and highlights the repercussions on the daily lives of residents.

Being without a car in these areas is synonymous with renunciation, insecurity, even complete social isolation. », Explains Véronique Devise, president of Secours catholique. Despite the reforms initiated after the “yellow vest” movement in 2019 and the mobility orientation law, the responses of public authorities still seem insufficient. The authors of the report call for a “ awareness and urgent political action » to meet the needs of these territories.

A series of measures to improve the situation is proposed in the report. Among them: the development of transport infrastructure, such as the reopening of stations and small train lines, as well as the establishment of networks of small electric buses and on-demand transport solutions. However, these proposals require a financial recommitment from the State, with investments estimated at 700 million euros per year to develop sustainable mobility services in rural areas. “Although the time seems to be for budgetary savings, there are investments that would be even more costly to give up”warns the report, worrying about environmental, social and political effects, while the feeling of abandonment in the countryside is growing.

  • The association Clean my calanques » refuses to carry the Olympic flame to Marseille

As the Olympic flame prepares to travel across France, the Marseille association Clean my Calanques has announced its refusal to carry the flame, motivated by environmental concerns. Founded in 2017, this association actively works to clean up the Mediterranean coast in Marseille and in the Calanques national park. Her decision to boycott the torch relay was based primarily on the presence of Coca-Cola as the event’s official sponsor, a company she considers ” one of the most polluting in the world “.

We are not going to carry a flame that is paid for by those who make us lower ourselves [pour ramasser leurs déchets] » explains Éric Akopian, founder of the association. This action, supported by 320 members, aims to denounce the questionable environmental practices associated with the sponsors of the Olympic Games, notably the production of plastic and other waste which pollutes the coastline.

The association was the winner of Impact 2024, a call for projects initiated by the Paris 2024 Endowment Fund. In this context, she raised awareness among young people about ecology. “It was one thing to do a project in collaboration with them to raise awareness among young people, it’s another to carry the flame and appear as an ambassador for an event that can improve, must improve. », explains Céline Albinet, director of Clean my Calanques.

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