For former trader Jérémy Désir, banks “bet on the collapse” of the planet

How do you go from the financial jungle of London to the tropical jungle of Martinique. This is Jérémy Désir’s atypical career path, to say the least. In 2018, however, his professional life corresponded to the patterns of an ideal life, in accordance with the canons of success: he became a trader in the City district of London.

But very quickly he becomes disillusioned and discovers that the banks for which he works do not care about the climate, despite the warnings of scientists: “I tried to change things from the inside. I tried to point out to my employer the profound contradictions between HSBC’s desire for growth and their desire to have a habitable planet. My employers minimized and ridiculed my alarms saying that I was simply not cut out for trading”.

Banks with poorly regulated activities

For Jérémy, the banking regulatory system is failing, he explains: “At that time I realized that the regulators of the banking authorities were completely powerless”, and to denounce a programmed powerlessness: “they could do something something to thwart the projects of banking institutions and multinationals in general, but there is a programmed impotence of the regulator so that the banks regulate themselves,” he says accusingly.

“We decide about life on earth” Mélanie Vogel

If Mélanie Vogel, the environmentalist senator for French people living abroad, shares the difficulty of regulating the system, she first sees it as laziness more than a hidden project: “In the Senate, in France, environmentalists are in a very small minority. we are 12 out of 348, that’s not a lot. But I wouldn’t say it’s programmed; in the sense that there is no one, even among our political adversaries, who says: ‘I am planning the destruction of the planet’”.

laziness and denial

“In my opinion, she continues, there are two extremely powerful forces in human nature that must be fought, denial which is extraordinarily powerful and the other thing is laziness. Denial and laziness are the two engines of inaction, and this inaction is extremely serious. I would not say that it is programmed on the other hand it is modifiable. There is nothing but us who decide the life we ​​have on earth. And we can totally decide to have another one. she concludes

There is nothing but us who decide the life we ​​have on earth. And we can totally decide to have another one, Mélanie Vogel

But for someone who has now decided to grow coffee, and live without running water or electricity, it would be “dangerous” to sum up inaction to laziness and denial, and the former trader to accuse: “There is also has cynicism and psychopathy! My personal boss was cynical: he said “In any case, it’s screwed! In my country of origin: there will be no rising waters in yours, in Martinique there will be! And droughts! But here I am, I’ll be fine. Or another example, when I am told that superiors are doing everything to bet on the collapse, bet on certain raw materials which will become scarce. They don’t reason like everyone else, they have a lot more information, a lot more power. We mustn’t minimize the awareness of the nuisance of the people who are at the helm today and who come out of school than I was able to visit”.

A long process

An indictment, excessive for Chantal Deseyne. For the senator, Les Républicains d’Eure-et-Loir, “there is no deliberate desire to close our eyes” but a process of ecological transition which is long: “It is such a change of paradigm and society that it doesn’t happen like that, even if we wanted to, overnight! she concludes.

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