Welcome to the ZAD

DISSENT: «We don’t defend nature, we are nature defending itself.»

Perhaps you have no idea what ZAD stands for. In the French language, this acronym is a neologism that stands for ‘zone to defend’. It refers to a militant occupation – activists taking over an area so to block a development project. In France, there are several such zones, mainly in rural areas, all with an ecological or agricultural dimension, though they can be in urban areas as well. One of the most notable ones is ZAD de Notre-Dame-des-Landes, north of Nantes, which supported a broader effort to block the development of Aeroport du Grand Ouest that was to be built over the area. With a history starting back in the ‘60s, the airport project was officially . . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
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