Anaïs Martane, ambassador of the 4th Franco-chinese Month of Environment

Anaïs Martane, ambassador of the 4th Franco-chinese Month of Environment

Anaïs Martane’s love story with China dates back to her youth. Born in Nice, she graduated from the French National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Chinese studies. I

n 2001, she relocated to China to work as a press photographer for international newspapers, and has built a family there ever since. Six years ago, she took up a career as a movie producer to support Franco-Chinese co-production, and helped fund several Fruit Chan, Liu Ye and Wang Chao movies that garnered two awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Now an established art producer, she is maintaining a strong commitment to the promotion and development of arts and education in China. Anaïs Martane has also long been a champion of environment conservation. As such, she served in 2016 as the patron of the 2nd “Nurseries for Nurseries” educational initiative, a friendly, tree and vegetable planting competition backed by the French Embassy in China and held in kindergartens and primary schools to teach children to care about their environment and take an interest in healthy eating and living.

Faguownehua : Why have you agreed to become the spokesperson of the Month ?

Anaïs Martane : First of all, I am honoured to have this opportunity to learn more about the environmental solutions that France, Europe and China are proposing and bringing to reality.
My relationship with environmental protection began with a connection to the sea, as my childhood was spent in a coastal town, and I am crazy about everything to do with the sea. Diving with Liu Ye years later, we witnessed the evolution of underwater ecologies and became aware of what was happening to them. Seven years ago, we came face to face with leopard sharks, and were able to observe them several times. A few years later, the leopard shark has completely disappeared. The impoverishment and damage to coral reefs have put pay to an entire ecosystem. It is now a pool of jellyfish. But on the positive side, the pool of information has been growing and democratising as well. It is important to understand why an ocean with fewer or no more fish corresponds to a lack of oxygen on earth, thus no possible life. Access to information is the key to saving our environment, and our testimonies prove it every day. The Franco-Chinese Month of the environment is an essential part of reaching out to a large number of people to explain what is at stake and how to take action.

Faguownehua : If you could advise us to take 5 actions, what would they be?

Anaïs Martane : 1) Less plastic, less plastic, less plastic.

2) Consume less, of everything: Household appliances, clothing, meat, everything made of plastic (from petroleum): toys, flip-flops, gadgets ... Consume intelligently, that is buy less but good quality, avoid industrial products as much as possible so as to protect the environment and your health!

3) Get informed and think about waste. Bottles, glasses, plastic toothbrushes: free offers or good buys, do they just get thrown away after one use?

4) Produce local, buy local. Create local products, starting with vegetable growing. Schools that enter the Nurseries for Nurseries programme will eventually produce enough for the whole school.

5) Reflect on and gain inspiration from how our ancestors lived. For example, use a basket for shopping instead of plastic bags. Instead of buying five cheap sweaters, buy one that lasts (made by a local manufacturer from quality wool).






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