France’s environment minister quits as planet becomes “an oven”
French environment minister Nicolas Hulot had just lost it and decided to give up his government post amid frustrations over the inaction of his country, as well as other countries, to address climate change.
“I no longer believe. The planet is becoming an oven, our natural resources are being exhausted, biodiversity is melting like snow in the sun and it’s not always dealt with like a priority issue,” Hulot said in a radio interview, which was cited by Associated Press (AP).
“France is doing more than a lot of other countries. Do not make me say that it is doing enough. It is not doing enough. Europe is not doing enough. The world is not doing enough,” he added.
Hulot’s resignation came as a surprise that even the interviewer had to ask him: “are you serious?”
The high-profile official proceeded to say that he no longers wants to “lie to himself” and to “create the illusion” that his presence in government means that they are up to standard on these issues.
The move, AP reported, now leaves questions on the environmental credibility of President Emmanuel Macron.