European cities are searching hard for an energy efficient and
environmentally sustainable public transport system in order to
prepare for a low carbon future.
One success story appears to be the introduction of a tramway system in Dijon. Could there be something we can learn here from York's twin-city? This 12-minute film produced by Christian Vassie shows what is possible.
The group, Plantation Rébellion, says it was better to take up
their spades at New Year to bring back nature to the town rather
than partying. They combined their “party” money to fund the
project, and planted up 5 areas around Dijon to add to the two
created earlier this year in March.
Their aim is to increase bio-diversity and fight climate change in the face of what they see as political inaction. Local residents and groups are targeted to care for the trees – and more guerrilla tree-planting is on its way.
Dijon’s sports facilities include football and athletic stadiums and a number of clubs from boxing to handball, judo, indoor and outdoor tennis and trampolining alongside Olympic quality swimming and diving pools. Nearby Lake Kir is a base for canoeing, kayaking and beach volley-ball. Some Paralympic sports such as shooting and wheelchair basket-ball can also be accommodated.
The French principle of secularity dating from 1905 enshrines
the separation of Church and State and the right to a religious
belief or not and is a pillar of the 1946 French
In response to recent challenges in France in general to the nation’s secular approach, Dijon has drawn up its own Charter of Secularity which it symbolised in the planting of a dedicated tree. The ancient and imposing ginkgo biloba tree was chosen for its hardiness, resistance to attack (it was the only tree species to survive the Horishima bomb) and longevity.
Partner organisations within the city have signed up to this new charter which also promotes gender equality, the right to freedom of conscience and the equality of all citizens.
An urban orchard was planted in Dijon in November in 2020 with
30 fruit trees – pear, apple, cherry, quince and plum. The mayor
plans three more of these orchards around the city by the end of
The fruit will be for anyone to pick and eat with the first harvest anticipated for 2025.
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