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Tour de France environment protest reaches global audience

When French environmental campaigners “Dernier Renovation” briefly halted the Tour de France in the Alps on Tuesday, they hooked into a global audience with sport becoming an increasingly popular medium for viral stunts by protestors. Climate activists “Just stop Oil” garnered a great deal of publicity at the British Grand Prix Silverstone circuit in July while, others have also glued themselves to artistic treasures from the likes of Vincent…



Sport is becoming an increasingly popular platform for viral stunts by protestors, so when French environmental activists from “Dernier Renovation” briefly halted the Tour de France in the Alps on Tuesday, they were able to reach a global audience.

While others flocked to works of art by artists like Vincent van Gough, climate campaigners’ “Just stop Oil” campaign received a lot of attention at the British Grand Prix Silverstone circuit in July.

Sports, however, seem to have a wider audience. According to some estimates, the Tour de France, which consists of 21 stages, has up to 3.5 billion spectators throughout the 190 countries where it is aired.

During the roughly 15 minutes when the Tour de France stage 10 was delayed, broadcasters switched away to a shot of the Alps where vacation throngs were enjoying a lovely day outside in temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit).


However, word of the demonstration has spread far.

The same same individuals disrupted the French Tennis Open at Roland Garros in June by sitting on the road between the ski resort Les Ports du Soliel and the airport of Megeve.

In order to reach even more people, “Alize,” as she was known at the time of the May demonstration, shackled her neck to the net and knelt on the recognizable red mud.

She was wearing a white T-shirt with the group’s name written at neck level on it. The tagline was “We have 1028 days left,” and it was written in English, not French.


The same woman attached herself to another demonstrator by the neck on Tuesday, wearing the identical T-shirt with the addition of the phrase “We have 989 days left,” which gives the impression that time is running out.

The protester, who went by the name “Alice, 32” and gave her explanation on the group’s website, spoke to a large audience around the world.

She explains that she would rather have been with her grandfather watching the Tour on television from his sofa, saying, “I would rather not to have had to do this.”

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After predicting a dystopian future devoid of the Tour de France, she concludes her letter by saying she “decided to act instead, save human misery, and build a better world. Anything could change “.

In France, there is general agreement that protesting the Tour de France can garner publicity, but because it is so well-known, movements run the danger of tarnishing their reputations.

The story of a concerned young woman wishing to watch the Tour with her grandfather undoubtedly helped to bridge a generation divide as green politics are expanding quickly.

Fred Wright, a 23-year-old cyclist with the Bahrain Victorious team, was a member of the small escape party that initially came into contact with the group of aggressively young competitors.


“That is very immediately apparent to you. They’re demonstrating for a worthwhile cause, he continued, but it’s not ideal when it happens to be in the path of the Tour de France.”

In relation to a farmers’ protest that took place when Geraint Thomas was competing for the 2018 Tour championship, he claimed to have observed the demonstrators “being carried away.”

At least this time, he noted, “we weren’t pepper sprayed.”

Sports protests have a long history in the fight against racism, from the Black Power salute at the Mexico Olympics in 1968 to the NFL’s take a knee protest for Black Lives Matter in 2016.


Equal pay is a pressing problem, and gender equality activists have also utilized sports to spread their message.

Emily Davison, a suffragette, was historically run over and killed at the English horse racing Derby in 1913, but her cause received long-lasting attention.

Environmentalists are currently working toward change by following a tried-and-true method.