Emmaus ragpickers. Solidarity economy good practice: bioclimatic house
Emmaus’ sustainable ethos: yesterday and today
The Emmaus Movement, a sustainable development pioneer
Interview with Véronique Stella Project coordinator at the Fondation Abbé Pierre. France
The Fondation Abbé Pierre (FAP) is part of Emmaus France’s B2 social action and housing branch and belongs to the international Movement. The foundation has traditionally focused on political lobbying and therefore publishes a report on substandard housing at the beginning of each year. The report reviews the current situation in France and looks at French housing policy mechanisms (or rather the absence of housing policy). As its name suggests, the FAP is a foundation and collects and redistributes donations in the form of funding or associations that enable people to stay in their homes in the long term and improve people’s living conditions. The foundation is headquartered in Paris and its work is implemented in the regions of France by regional units (Paris Region office, Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Brittany, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Alsace-Lorraine, Rhone-Alps, and Reunion Island) and the Aquitaine volunteer platform.
Good practice : zero waste
Educational film: Dora’s journay
The example of a WEEE recycler
Bernard Arru, director of Ateliers du Bocage, France
Interview with Philippe La Forge. Le Relais Atlantique. France Atlantique. France.
Le Relais was created following a discussion process in the early 1980s at Emmaüs de Bruay la Buissière, as in the late 1970s / early 1980s in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France increasing numbers of mines were closing and young people were finding themselves unemployed. This generated a big influx of young people into the region’s Emmaus communities. However, Emmaus was not used to having young people living in the communities (What would the future in the community hold for someone joining at the age of 20? What future can be given to such young companions?) The issue of developing activities that could provide these young people with a job was then raised.
Emmaus Navarra Belzunce Community of Ragpickers