Climate activists take over Lyon chemical facility

Hundreds of activists stormed a chemical plant in Lyon, France, to protest against the production of 'forever chemicals', demanding cleanup of pollution and compensation for affected locals.

Euronews reports.


In short:

  • More than 400 Extinction Rebellion and Youth For Climate members conducted a “citizen’s inspection” at Arkema’s PFAS-producing plant.
  • The action resulted in the arrest of eight individuals and highlighted the local impact of PFAS contamination on water and soil.
  • Despite Arkema’s recent pollution control efforts, the protest underscores long-term environmental concerns and demands for corporate accountability.

Key quote:

“At a time when the industrial site is at the heart of the problem of PFAS contamination of the water, air and soil of the southern Lyon region, the activists are demanding the clean-up of the affected areas, the real application of the precautionary principle, and compensation for the damage suffered by employees, residents and farmers.”

— Youth for Climate

Why this matters:

The Rhône Valley is home to around 500 chemical companies, and PFAS contamination has been documented in various environmental matrices, including air, soil, and water, as well as in breast milk of mothers in the region, which indicates the potential for generational transfer of these chemicals.

Here’s everything you need to know about “forever chemicals” and how to avoid them.

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