Gilles is a former trader, now a primary school teacher in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.
With his 10-year-old pupils, he looks at the dizzying acceleration of our world.
Fascinated by their thoughts on our lifestyle and concept of time, he decides to film them and then to meet experts in this field.
Why are our societies constantly looking for better growth?
What are the underlying requirements for this acceleration when even these children can demonstrate its limits?
Having long been interested in the question of chasing time, it was when he read the book Acceleration by Hartmut Rosa that Gilles Vernet decided to make a documentary on the subject.
He discovered through this work a philosophical analysis of this phenomenon, which his years working in finance had shown him was absurd.
By sharing his thoughts with his pupils, he was stunned by the wisdom of their responses.
He then decided to film this multicultural class, a symbol of the republican school, which conveys a much more optimistic view than that sometimes depicted in the media.
Why we selected this film
A philosophical film which is a clear criticism of the aberration of our lifestyle and concept of time.
Expert opinions add to these considerations of our own lifestyle and help us to understand this system which pulls us in and carries us along.
Wise, intelligent, fair…the words of these children are touching and meaningful.
They give food for thought and raise awareness of the need to invent new paths, both individually and together.
We now have “throwaway fashion”: we buy and throw away garments faster than the planet can absorb.
Within the framework of its “Detox” campaign aiming at fighting the use of toxic chemicals in the textile industry, Greenpeace has published several studies, which denounce the impact of this field on the environment: considerable consumption of energy and drinking water, pesticides to grow cotton, river and farmland pollution, greenhouse gases emissions and some of the world’s most remote areas contamination.
Let’s not forget inhumane work conditions imposed upon textile industry workers, especially in the developing countries.
So, we have to revise our way to “consume” clothes, buy less but of better quality, recycle, trade…
There's nothing like buying second-hand for ensuring the long life of a product.
Many websites allow you to search a plethora of used products that are often still in great shape.
When you buy imports, choose fair trade
When you can't procure an item locally, choose an import with fair trade origins.
The fair trade label is most often applied to products that you can't produce locally (bananas, chocolate, coffee) and are usually transported by boat, which is less polluting than air travel. The best way to protect the environment, however, is to stick to seasonal, locally produced items.
Give your time
• Volunteer with solidarity associations, fair trade activities, or other charitable arenas
• Spread the word on info, news and petitions related to local and international solidarity and how everyone can make a different in their everyday lives
• Work with your school: take charge and build awareness in your school community. You could help your institution become a model for sustainability.
• Take action at work: encourage your employer to choose ecological products from fair trade sources to sell/use/manufacture.
• Make a Facebook group calling on your favorite brand to transition to 100% fair trade
• Write to your preferred brands by posting on their Facebook wall
• Ask your local grocers and storekeepers to offer more fair trade products
Support public transportation
Public transportation can get you anywhere in the city, and has been growing in popularity. Its often faster than a car, less polluting, and avoids the stress of traffic and parking. It also allows you to use your travel time for other occupations, like reading a book or having a conversation.
Ride a bike
Bicycles are economic, quiet, safer for the people around you, faster in the city, and don't pollute or require fossil fuels—plus they're good for your health.