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“Cycling for Democracy” or hitting the road in pursuit of original initiatives that help answer the question “Can democracy save the environment?”

28 September 2021
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“Cycling for Democracy” or hitting the road in pursuit of original initiatives that help answer the question “Can democracy save the environment?”

In 13 short films, each roughly 5 minutes long, Nicolas introduces us to the individuals behind environmental and community-based groups around the world, which have been selected for the World Forum for Democracy (8-10 November 2021, Strasbourg).


Estonia - 1st Episode

Sometimes great things come from crazy ideas. This is what happened in Tallinn (Estonia) with Heidi and her organisation Let’s Do it World. Discover how the world can become a cleaner place, and how we can strive towards becoming waste-free by joining our forces.

 

Kenya - 2nd Episode 

Rose is waiting for us in Nairobi to tell us all about the initiative Natural Justice, founded to ensure the rights of local communities. While wandering around the City in the Sun, Rose and her colleagues describe how legal empowerment is a precious tool in the protection of indigenous rights.


In search of answers to the environmental challenges of our time, in 2019 Nicolas cycled the roads of France to discover various people-driven solutions. Now, with travel restricted by the pandemic, our cyclist reaches out from the Council of Europe Assembly Chamber in Strasbourg to the individuals running incredible environmental initiatives and interviews them.

From this venue which every year plays host to the World Forum for Democracy, Nicolas takes us to the four corners of the globe to discover a host of initiatives, large and small, that aim to promote eco-citizenship, environmental education, legal emancipation of rural populations, participatory democracy, ecology as an instrument of peace and much more.

As the interviewees navigate their cities by bike, in France, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, Israel, Indonesia, Kenya or Brazil, Nicolas asks us: can democracy save the environment?

This original series produced by Urubu films is available from 28 September 2021 on the World Forum for Democracy website and Youtube.