Born in October 1967 in Paris - France.
After two years of
study in psychology, I worked 3 years as an adviser for the integration of
the unemployed. Then I followed a vocational training to obtain a diploma
of special education teacher. I worked as a residential educator with
children who had social and family problems, as well as working with
psychotic children and finally with families with many social and
psychological difficulties, received in a social residence. I currently
work in a home which lodges 20 teenagers aged between 16 and 21. They have
many difficulties and cannot remain in their own family.
For several years, I have been interested in
the relation between ecology and our modern way of life. I was a member of
an association in which the aim was to inform the general public of the
problems in relation with ecology (nuclear, pollution, disappearance of
the species…). I am also member of a French association: "Leaving the
How to combine, on a day to day basis,
life and environmental protection?
If all the inhabitants of our planet adopted
the model of consumption of the rich countries, the natural resources
would become exhausted very quickly and our environment would be degraded
even more quickly.
The aim of this stand is to present to the general public other ways of
heating our houses, of consuming water, consuming and producing
electricity, and finding accommodation. We chose this equipment for their
high environmental quality. Through their use, we want to minimize the
impact of our consumption on the environment without sacrificing a certain
comfort of life brought by modernity. But, we have to be lucid, we will
not preserve our environment without making an effort to change, in our
daily life, our habits of consuming (because today, these habits are
destroying our environment) but also without installing in our housing new
technologies. This equipment remains still expensive and more expensive
than the traditional techniques because their use remains still the
exception and the lack of will of the political authorities to diffuse
them doesn’t help to decrease their prices.
In this stand, we show you several examples of equipment. There are many
of them including: collection of rain water, ecological materials
(construction in straw, brick… insulation in hemp, cork, wadding of
cellulose…, paints without toxic products etc…).
As social workers, we are not experts in ecological housding but quite
simply citizens who seek to improve and to pacify our connection with our
environment. Our research was guided by this concern. These technologies
are perfectible and it is very important to evaluate the advantages and
the disadvantages of such technologies as well in term of environmental
impact as their cost, without prejudices. This research has to be
continued with pragmatism and good sense, guided by the conviction that it
is necessary to preserve nature for its beauty but also because it comes
to take place in the close of the man.
In this stand, we will develop, for each equipment, 5 distinct headings:
1) Description of the equipments
2) Their installation and their use
3) Their ecological value
4) Their cost and their profitability
5) Their maintenance
THE ECOLOGICAL EQUIPMENTS
A) The heating of the house
1) An example of a firewood heating: The
2) How to heat a house with air coming from outside? The Canadian air
B) The water
1) How to heat the water of the house with
2) The dry toilets, working without water
3) The recycling and the waste water treatment
4) How to reduce water consumption?
C) The electricity
1) How to produce electricity with
2) How to reduce electricity consumption?
D) An exemple of an ecological housing:
The "DÔM" realised and conceived by Emmanuel
* You build it yourself
* With biological materials
* Healthy to live in