Climate change in Aude: from hedges to renewable energies, discovering those who are committed

Climate change in Aude: from hedges to renewable energies, discovering those who are committed
Climate change in Aude: from hedges to renewable energies, discovering those who are committed

It is impossible to draw up an exhaustive list of associations or structures committed to mitigating or adapting to global warming. With Trees and Landscapes 11, Aude Citizen Energies and Imaginaries in Transition, focus on three Aude actors.

Trees and landscapes 11, 10 years already

It was on March 5, 2014, in Bages, that the Trees and Landscapes 11 association was born. With a clear objective: “Contribute to the development of reflection and actions in favor of the preservation, restoration and planting of trees and rural hedges in the Aude department.” 10 years later, the association, notably with two specialized technical referents “intraplot agroforestry” And “hedges”responds to farmers, communities or individuals “wishing to regenerate and/or establish rural hedges on the land they manage” with support and monitoring over three years. On the agroforestry side, Trees and Landscapes supports the definition, search for funding (up to 60% with the Region) and implementation of projects.

Operations made possible thanks to plants produced and supplied by departmental nurseries, and developed by calling on volunteers. “CO2 pump”, “natural carbon sink”, “shelter for biodiversity” or even actors of “soil restoration and enrichment”, planted trees and hedges accumulate benefits. In 2024, Trees and Landscapes 11, financially supported by the Department and Region, called for 150 km of hedges and 3,000 inter-plot trees planted in 10 years. Enough to disseminate the benefits of agroforestry, a tool for stabilizing yields, welcoming biodiversity, mitigating climatic extremes or of course improving agricultural soils. So many benefits that Trees and Landscapes does not forget to point out in its environmental education actions (conferences-debates, educational workshops, etc.), particularly with schools, during collective planting projects, or its training, provided on agroforestry, market gardening or viticulture, or even on the roles of trees and their ecological impacts.

Citizen energy, from Cenne to Aude

Énergie Cenne, an association founded in 2015 to “reduce energy consumption” And “produce electricity from renewable energies, of hydroelectric origin, and photovoltaic”. Became, in 2017, the collective interest cooperative society (SCIC) Energie Sane. Then, in 2023, the SCIC Énergie Citoyen Audoise (ECA), with more than 50 members. But, beyond these changes in names and statuses (transition from an SARL to an SAS), the same object: “Produce all forms of renewable energy and promote energy sobriety.” An ambition carried out while retaining the values ​​of SCIC, between democratic management, limited profit seeking, and multi-membership, with residents, businesses, associations and local authorities.

Enough to lead to the citizen dimension summarized by a maxim: “No longer do projects on territories but territorial projects.” And thus accumulate more favorable economic benefits locally but also better acceptability of the projects. On April 5, 2024, ECA (in co-contracting with Enercoop) was selected by the Piège Lauragais Malepère community of municipalities as part of a call for expressions of interest. On the program, the 16,000 m installation2 of photovoltaic panels capable of producing 4,000 MWh annually, on 73 public buildings, distributed in 21 municipalities, including three colleges and three nursing homes.

Imaginaries in transition, in immersion

Businesses, tourists, schools, tourism and event professionals, communities, etc. It is with all these potential audiences that the association Les imaginaries en transition, based in Luc-sur-Aude and created in 2022, wants to commit to supporting and developing the ecological transition in Haute-Vallée. Through climate-carbon balance workshops “in collective intelligence” with the Climate Fresco, for adults and children, Let’s invent our low-carbon lives, or the 2Tonnes Workshop. But also and above all by offering “to live an immersive experience with actresses and actors who dedicate their activity to the ecological transition” : a path chosen for “understand how we act locally and encourage action to respond to a global challenge”.

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A desire put to music around the “A planet for all” project for the 2022-2023 school year, with students in 6e from the Couiza college, who set out to discover the village of Luc-sur-Aude: where a municipal initiative, supported by the 123 Soleil association, resulted in 2017 in the commissioning of a photovoltaic ground park of 250 kW intended to make the municipality energy self-sufficient (production of 320 MWh per year, or the annual electricity consumption of 271 people, excluding heating and domestic hot water); where 63% of the agricultural area used is organic; where the students also discovered a bioclimatic house. Another destination, for students trained in the Climate Fresco, the Coume Sourde farm, in Rennes-le-Château, and its ecological commitments, with the intervention of a botanist from Aude au Nat’ and a agronomist from Audyssées, the ecological transition cooperative in Haute-Vallée de l’Aude; without forgetting the visit to the farm of market gardener and president of the Envol Paysans Cooperative Christophe Orain, in Rouvenac, to delve into agroforestry, permaculture and questions of seasonality.

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