In Paris, “climate acrobats” come into action at night to put out light commercials from shops on the Champs-Élysées. Because of the curfew in France, no one is allowed to enter the streets from 6 p.m. The 28-year-old activist Kevin thinks the exuberant facade lighting is a waste of energy.
Kevin and his supporters climb to the emergency switch with acrobatic tours to turn off the lights. Those switches are over there in front of the fire department. The eight activists do parkour, a sport created in France in which obstacles are jumped and climbed in the city as fluently as possible.
“ It‘s abnormal that all those lights are on when there’s no one on the street,” says Kevin. If all shops in France were to turn off their lights at night, enough energy would be released to supply 370,000 households with electricity.
The ‘Lights-off’ movement, as they call themselves, is also active in other parts of France. In Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse, Rennes and Marseille, the action group turns off the lights of shop windows once a week.