Last Month 21-year-old Remi Fraisse died in France during an environmental protest over plans to construct a dam over the wetlands of beautiful Toulouse. His death over an environmental issue exposed yet another environmental issue in need of repair - that of the social environment, since Fraisse died from a police ignited "offensive grenade" used against protesters.
The ironic collision of both environmental components of the natural and of the social realms, serves as a reminder that both are connected; and as humankind continues to progress, and as greater attention and care are paid to protecting the natural environment, the social environment must also be protected and ameliorated from impacts that are contrary to modern civility.
While France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has since banned the use of grenades against protesters by police, yet yesterdays's police action against demonstrators in Toulouse and Nantes - arresting some 30, questions the integrity of the social environment as le fils et les filles de Toulouse et Nantes, seek to protect their natural environment in the face of a new dam in Toulouse and a new airport in Nantes. Inevitably, the sons and daughters of Toulouse and Nantes will inherit their natural environment and their voices must be heard and listened to with regards to any proposed changes to their natural environments.