This Saturday takes place “the Marches des Terres”, defenders of the environment leave four places in Ile-de-France to denounce “the massive urbanization of the region”. They are due to reach the Paris city hall this Sunday noon.
Several marches are taking place this Saturday to denounce “massive urbanization” and “the artificialization of agricultural land” in Île-de-France. Conservationists left from across the region on Saturday morning.
They are due to reach the Paris city hall this Sunday noon. The departures were given in Thoiry (Yvelines), Saclay (Essonne), Val Bréon (Seine-et-Marne) and la patte-d’oie de Gonesse (Val-d’Oise).
“Everywhere in Île-de-France, thousands of hectares of fertile land are threatened: Grand Paris, Olympic Games, warehouses, data centers, speculation, stations in the open fields, polluting rubble …” report the organizers of these marches on their website.
In Gonesse, around fifty people gathered to assert their demands. “No to the Triangle de Gonesse station”, “Save agricultural land” could be read on the signs.
Opposed to the work of the Grand Paris Express
The activists denounce the concreteization of agricultural land for the benefit of projects which they consider unnecessary. These activists are particularly opposed to the work of the Grand Paris Express and more particularly to line 17 which is to link Saint-Denis to Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, passing through the Gonesse triangle.
As a reminder, the Paris Court of Appeal announced on Thursday that the request for the suspension of work on line 17 was rejected. Work on line 17 is therefore supposed and continues today, which defenders of agricultural land regret.
“We have been fighting for these lands for 10 years, we are not ready to stop. So it is not a court decision that will change” explains François, one of the marchers.
The activist believes that there is “absolutely need to conserve” the fields “for food and for the climate”. Walkers from Val-d’Oise must join Dugny then Aubervilliers before spending the night in Pantin.