When literature rhymes with nature at Haute-Auvergne high school in Saint-Flour (Cantal)

The first of its kind, the Literature and EDD Project, initiated by National Education and the House of Writers and Literature, attracted only two institutions of the Clermont-Ferrand Academy, including Haute-Auvergne high school. . The goal? Produce a text, poem or prose on the theme of nature that aims to convince people to work for the environment and sustainable development, and promote it by publishing it in the press (read below). The bet is daring, but the 17 students from second grade GA (management administration) at Sanflorain High School took it in hand with the help of the institution’s documentary teacher, Aurélie François, and author Jean-Pierre Martin.
After working for three weeks writing, reading and speaking through a corpus of 22 texts on the theme of nature, all genres combined, from the 16th century until today, high school students welcomed the author of Le monde des Martins, published in February last year. He, in turn, led, in a very warm and relaxed atmosphere, three three-hour writing workshops, “where we talked a lot about ecology,” explains the author, who “willingly” accepted the author and literature house’s invitation to participate in this action, “that be extremely sensitive to ecology “.
It was also an opportunity for young people to “create”, at the instigation of Jean-Pierre Martin, slogans around sustainable development, some of which have had their effect. Like “Put your motorcycle away, take your bike”, “A world without nature is a world without a future”, “plastic everywhere: nature at the end of it” or “packaging is waste”.

What wonders or rebels against high school students?

Poetry and prose, the other GA high school students have chosen both genres to express their opinion on sustainable development, much inspired by water, a theme they have approached and addressed as part of their course, in progress.
“What amazes us,
Listen to the ripples of the waves alone facing the sea, sit on the edge of a river and be lulled by its flow, listen to the sound of a waterfall invading the sound space, dream of Indonesian waterfalls after watching an Arte documentary , go out when it rains heavily, seek shelter when it thunders, listen to the roaring thunder, live this expectation, witness the sight of a raging sea, walk in the grass and morning dew, walk in the rain when it is hot.
The smell of rain in the undergrowth, the insistent sound of rain, rainy days in summer, the smell of rain on the tar, the raindrops that collect on the glass, I choose and follow them, the rain in general, whether it is step dancing or spraying to a drizzle.
Playing with water, jumping in puddles, feeling like a child, steaming, skating on a frozen lake, jumping off a rock and sinking into the lake water, walking through a flowering meadow, feeling the morning dew under my feet, experiencing the sensation of frost on the trees, so different from the frost on the windows, write on this frost, hear the sound of hail on the roof like the sound of drums, listen to the roar of a singing river, take a very warm shower in the heart of winter, a very cold shower in summer.
Do not take a shower after a sea bath to keep salt and sand on the skin in memory of the pleasure experienced.
Consider the clouds hovering in the sky and forming multiple patterns.
Be mesmerized by the sky’s reflection on the ocean.
Imagine the water cycle as an eternal restart.
Love the storm in summer, the sun in winter.
Experience all the sensations of water.
Tell yourself that she is a valuable asset.
What makes us rebel,
The disturbing sight of the melting ice in Antarctica, the gripping image of one of the last polar bears, the city water we drink without pleasure, the landscape sometimes overflowing with pesticides and nitrates, plastic chunks and bottles lying around quietly around. on the side of the roads, near the rivers, all this waste, which will inevitably be blown by the wind into a stream, then in the stream of a river, then in a river which flows into the sea before collapsing in small particles that mix with plankton and pollute the seabed, the water so rarely in Africa that collects like a treasure in the cave of a well when we here in France spill it without counting, heavy rains, floods and increasingly violent storms. due to climate change, droughts in California and Africa, forest fires in Australia, shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, accidents on oil platforms, huge cruise ships crossing the oceans, terrible oil spills, deforestation, winter pumping of groundwater, giant water reserves for the sole purpose of irrigation intensive crop pollutants themselves, the threat they pose to biodiversity, the supply of drinking water and the flow of rivers, the private appropriation of a common good, the search for immediate profit, the insane exploitation of resources without regard to the future of the earth, carelessness with regard to this precious good, which is called WATER “.

Isabelle Barnerias

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