Activists from the ‘international 4x4 campaigns network’ wore green helmets and took up positions between the public and 4x4s on the display stands of the French carmakers. The ‘green helmets’ see themselves as the environmental equivalent of the ‘blue helmets’ the international peacekeeping forces. According to the activists, 4x4s/SUVs ‘conflict with the environment, the climate and other road users’.
According to the Green Helmets, Renault and other carmakers to the SUV market are “futilely trying to ride the receding wave of popularity of the “urban 4x4,” thus contributing to the worldwide epidemic of poor fuel efficiency and harmful greenhouse gas emissions”.
The group consist of leaders and supporters of French activist groups Agir pour l’Environnement and Réseau Action Climat France, along with representatives of international anti-4x4 movements, many of whom met in Brussels on October 4 to co-ordinate their actions.
The Brussels meeting resulted in the formation of the international 4x4Network, whose goal is to unite groups of concerned citizens across the world against the growing presence of 4x4 vehicles in urban areas.
Members of the 4x4Network include: Belgium’s 4x4Info campaign; Finland’s JunttiAuto campaign; France’s Anti4x4 campaign; Switzerland’s Stop Offroader campaign; the United Kingdom’s Alliance Against Urban 4x4s campaign; and the United States’ Jumpstart Ford campaign.
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