Larzac : Story of a place…

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Larzac : Story of a place…

From 1971 to 1981, farmers on the Larzac plateau sought a showdown with the authorities. The French government wanted to increase the size of military land and dispossess the inhabitants of their agricultural land. During these ten years “fight”, a general solidarity movement was initiated allover France in order to help the farmers to resist against the military land expansion. All along the years this opposition always stayed nonviolent. A lot of people came there and occupied the coveted. Many neglected, insulated hamlets or farms were transformed in agricultural producing sites. Whithstanding this expansion farmers and local residents saved an exceptional cultural and patrimonial heritage. After 1981 a local economy was created around quality products and short outlet networks, where handicrafts and green tourism was encouraged. Experimental and local initiatives were favoured within community property controls. Larzac plateau still remains the only region in France where the number of farmers increases.

Le Cun… a place of history

Some opponents of the military project decided to occupy during a place called Le Cun, in the vicinity of La Couvertoirade. After one year. They were excluded by force. Conscientious objectors created the Cun association and settled in 1976 on a 20 hectares land on the Norther-East side of the plateau, where the eco-camping is now opened. They built premises and houses in order to develop training and welcoming activities upon three main federative and founding topics that still remains nowadays : ecology, nonviolence and international solidarity.
When created le Cun du Larzac is the product of an important and concerted thought about the human impacts on the environment. It has been conveyed since 30 years by ecoconstruction (i.e. straw made houses), the installation of renewable energy equipments (one of the first French wind turbine installation photovoltaics…), dry toilets and so on. The association Champs du Monde responsible of the site utilisation wants to restore and renovate it offering new activities.


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