An informed public action is an action based on accurate knowledge of reality and a detailed understanding of national and global emergencies. Choosing what you want to watch is choosing where you want to go. This is the meaning of the SAS law, adopted in 2015, which presented parliament with a new perspective on the world through new indicators of wealth, and required the government to evaluate its reforms against these indicators.
Thus the instability of living conditions, the life expectancy in good health or the carbon footprint, have been elevated to the rank of constitutive variables of public action. However, since 2019, the government has failed in its obligations. He no longer publishes the “Indicators of New Wealth” report and returns to indicators that nevertheless showed inadequacy, starting with GDP. Fortunately, the National Institute of Statistics and Statistics (INSEE) continues to monitor these indicators without being hijacked by the government: the information is there but not used.
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So what do we learn by observing these famous indicators whose interest the government clearly did not understand?
Insufficient balance sheet
While the new pension reform is being announced, let’s take a look at it life expectancy. For the record, it refers to the average age at which the French begin to experience physical limitations in their daily movements or activities. This age rises in 2020, the most recent data available, to 65.9 years for women and 64.4 years for men. However, the government is planning to push back the statutory retirement age at 65. What society do we promise? That France works until she can no longer, for a precarious retirement. This is not the future we want for French women and men.
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Another key indicator to guide our policy is carbon traces, i.e. the sum of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from our national production and imports. In 2021, the carbon footprint increased by 7.4% compared to 2020, which was marked by the Covid crisis. In the end, it’s down just 2.3% in two years. This is very far down the path compatible with the Paris Agreement, as we would have to reduce this carbon footprint by more than 3% annually to meet our target. Looking at the details, the discoveries are even more disturbing. While most national reductions in emissions are based on deindustrialization in France, that is, the export of our emissions. The transportation sector, which the government still refuses to seriously invest in, emits 2% more than it did in 1990 despite several gains in engine efficiency.
Another indicator that is equally alarming: 13% of our compatriots are in a position material deprivation This rate has increased by 0.5 points since 2015. This rate indicates the inability to cover some basic expenses such as new clothes or shoes, or the impossibility of meeting friends or family over a glass once a month for financial reasons. Since 2019, the French rate has exceeded the EU average, by 12.4%. This indicator testifies to a social decline, although the French Solidarity system has been a source of national pride since 1945.
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Respect the law, publish the report
In short, the observation made by the New Wealth Indicators provides us with useful information about the government’s reluctance to comment on it. These reveal the inadequacy of its record on many subjects, which are nonetheless essential to the life and future of the nation. That is why we call on the government to respect the law, to resume the annual publication of the report on indicators of new wealth, and to assess the appropriateness of its reforms in light of these indicators. This is the first essential step towards reorienting the design and evaluation of public policies, so that they are more human and create meaning.
What we, as political leaders, should strive for is an improvement in the welfare and quality of life of the French people. It is time to find this compass, take off our blinders and rethink our public policies.
First location: Eva Sass, Member of the House of Representatives and author of the law of April 13, 2015 aimed at taking into account the new indicators of wealth in defining public policies.Co-signed: Christine Arrigi, Lisa Bellocco, Karim Bencheikh, Guy Binaroche, Daniel Brueler, Sophie Beausière, Patrick Chaimovic, Cyril Chatelaine, Jeremy Iordanoff, Yannick Gadot, Hubert-Julien-Laferrière, Julie Lernois, Benjamin-Lavier Petavi, Jean-Claude Rowe, Sandra Rigolle, Sandrine Rousseau, Sabrina Spahey, Aurelien Tachy, Sophie Taily-Poulian, Nicolas Thierry