The Melting tips ! – Newsletter #13

A topic that concerns us all

On the 11th of December, the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von Der Leyen, presented the awaited plan for Europe towards climate neutrality. This plan has for objective to guide the new commission in its future decision making. But this green pack has already been subject to critique, by ecologists and conservatives. 

The new leader of the European Executive has defined this plan as a ‘new strategy of growth and development’ for the EU, convinced that the ‘old model of growth and development based on fossil energies and pollution was outdated’. So, she has planned 50 actions to do by 2050, a list of legislatives propositions, action plans and strategies, covering a large diversity of sectors.

The main goal of her green pact is an important ‘climate law’ which will be set in 2050 for carbon neutrality which will be proposed sometime until March 2020. 

However, there are many obstacles targeting the success of the pact despite all the efforts Ursula von Der Leyen has put in. Starting with the reluctance of her allies in her party (the European People’s Party), who worry for companies and employability if Europe is the only continent taking an ambitious step towards climate protection. 

From the ecologists’ point of view (euro-deputies like militants of ONGs’), they esteem that although von Der Leyen’s plan is encouraging, it doesn’t go far enough. The climate protectors would like for objective of reducing emissions at the rate of 65% by 2030. 

Another initiative that shows that climate is tomorrow’s political battle and how difficult it seems to combat for change in a world in which everything is already set up, and where no one wants to take action. Can we seriously take into account these claims and make the politics of tomorrow more green?

CO2 emissions by european countries

Kedge Activities Schedule for December

Life in Bordeaux

Gastronomy

Edmond Pure Burger, only the best burgers in Bordeaux according to the Yelpers! A subtle fusion between quality, expertise and authenticity. Here’s Edmond’s awesome menu.

Culture

Have you heard of the ‘Bordeaux Metropole City Pass’? With this pass, you can enjoy a free access to a dozen of touristing sites and monuments as well as some great discounts and an unlimited access to public transport. You can purchase one of 3 formats: a 24 hours, 48 hours or 72 hours, perfect for short trips in the city. These are perfect if you invite friends and family to discover our beautiful city!

          Activities

What do you think of a night bike ride in the beautiful city of Bordeaux? Pedal and enjoy all the pretty lights set up for the wintery season. A the end of the ride, you will be greeted with some hot wine and specials brought by each and everyone. Gear up!

Winter Recipe to keep warm : Savoyard Fondue

Step 1

Start by cutting your loaf of bread in small pieces so that they have time to Harden a little.

Step 2

Cut the cheese (no pun intended) in cube size pieces making sure you remove the crust.

Step 3

Dissolve a spoonful of Maïzena (cornstarch) in the small glass of Kirsch.

Step 4

Rub the inside of the fondue pot (caquelon) with the garlic until it is all used up.

Step 5

Heat up the white wine on medium heat in the caquelon pot. Once it simmers, turn down the heat to low and add the cubed cheeses. Mix this around with a wooden spoon with a figure 8 movement. Make sure to scratch the bottom and the sides and mix continuously so that the cheese does not burn in the pan.

Step 6

When all the cheese has melted, add the cornstarch and Kirsch mixture to the pot and mix in well. Keep your fondue on low heat and mix occasionally while you eat it. 

If you’ve never had fondue before, take your fondue spade with a piece of bread and dip it in the fondue (while trying to get as much o it as possible) and enjoy with maybe some caramelised onions on the side or some charcuterie for the meat lovers.

500 g of beaufort cheese

400 g of comté cheese

300 g of tomme de savoie cheese

1 garlic clove

1 small glass of Kirsch

1 spoonfull of Maïzéna (cornstarch)

1 loaf of bread

2 glasses of white wine

Movie suggestion: Classic French Classic to watch during the Winter-time

Try to translate these sayings in your own language

Might makes right

Es ist nicht alles Gold, was glänzt

A brigante brigante e mezzo

Si quieres el perro, acepta las pulgas

Faute de grives on mange des merles

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