The main problem with environmentally responsible living is that it’s so, well, responsible. (Read tedious. Dull. Fundamentally un-French.)


For baguette-loving, wine-sipping epicureans, the dilemma boils down to one question: how can I contribute to collective environmental efforts without (too much) giving up the eco-guilty pleasures that make life worth living?

If such is your concern, then join France 24 journalist Lorena Galliot's quest for green solutions, à la française.

Interview: "Indoor potted plants improve the air we breath in"

Photos by Lorena Galliot


If you thought the best way to keep polluted air out was to close the window, think twice.


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Hope for frequent flyers? Air France and American Airlines test their first "green" trans-Atlantic flight

Photo posted by Amadeus Kanaan on Flickr
Eco-conscious globe-trotters are painfully aware that no matter how much effort they put into reducing their carbon footprint on a daily basis, it will be blown to smithereens the minute they set foot on an airplane. According to the DGAC, a French aviation expert body, one round trip Paris-New York flight (12 000 km) emits more than 1 tonne of CO2 per passenger.

GUEST BLOG: 'Mr. Goodfish' helps fin-lovers go sustainable

A new sustainable fishing campaign, dubbed "Mr. Goodfish", has reached France. Thanks to a guidebook, a list of non-endangered fish, and a highly recognizable logo, it aims to help the consumers make choices that are "good for the ocean, and good for them." Thanks to Green Vingt-Quatre guest blogger Charlotte Boitiaux for this piece!



One weekend, two approaches to sustainable development


Tesla's electric roadster at the Paris Sustainable Luxury fair (Photo: Lorena Galliot)

My quest for green solutions led me to two environment-themed outings over the weekend : a trip to the movies to see French director Coline Serreau’s documentary "Solutions locales pour un désordre Global", and a trip to the museum for the Sustainable Luxury fair at the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art centre.

Google Maps tracks oil slick's devastating spread in Gulf of Mexico


I stumbled across a pretty neat Google feature that won’t exactly help us French-at-hearts improve our green credentials, but I found it an eye-opening discovery, so in this blog it goes.

Is carbonating your own tap water an earth-friendly gesture?

Photo posted on the Facebook group Plastic=Pollution by Matyas Kelemen


Here’s a little newsroom insider secret: one of the best things about France 24 are the water fountains tucked away in various corners of the building. What’s so great about them? Instead of just spurting out chilled water, like most office drinking fountains, it can also switch to hot water and - best of all - fizzy carbonated water.

The Quest for Sustainable Sushi

Photo posted by Alexandre Chang on Flickr If there’s something pregnant woman and sushi lovers have in common, it’s the knowledge that there’s no use fighting a sudden craving for california rolls. Although it’s unclear why so many people (myself included) should find raw fish and gooey rice irresistibly appealing, the fact is that in the past two decades sushi’s popularity has spread well beyond it’s native Japan to resaurants and supermarkets across the globe.

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The main problem with environmentally responsible living is that it’s so, well, responsible. (Read tedious. Dull. Fundamentally un-French.)


Try telling the average Frenchman he must convert to organically-produced wine and forever renounce foie-gras out of regard for ducks’ health, and you will no doubt be greeted with a great, gallic snort, followed by the inevitable question, which in itself sums up centuries of French fatalism : « mais à quoi bon tout ça ? »


What for indeed? What difference can a single individual make when hundreds of environment ministers and earnest NGO leaders gathered at Copenhaguen failed to reach even one significant decision to fight climate change?


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