Environmental politics 1 in France, as elsewhere, is an attempt to balance out the relationship between human beings and nature. To bring man (and woman) back down to earth, as it were. To take him off his cultural pedestal and plunge him back into a natural world of which he has always been an integral part:

Mankind has to stop acting like a kind of Gengis Khan of the solar suburbs and consider himself not as a shepherd of life, but as a copilot of Nature”. (Morin 1990:92)