Macron made the announcement in the Alpine village of Chamonix after visiting a shrinking glacier located near Mont Blanc.
“What we’re seeing with the evolution of the glacier is indisputable proof of the trace of this (global) warming and (climate) imbalance, and essentially of the shift of an entire ecosystem …” Macron said.
In addition to the threats posed by climate change, the Mont Blanc area also faces pressures from heavy traffic from tourists and climbers.
Other alpine towns in France are also feeling the effects of global warming.
“2020 will be a decisive year for biodiversity,” Macron said. “It’s the year in which we could begin to change things if we succeed in building the framework for national and international action and start those deep transformations.”
The government will also transition to electric and hybrid cars for official uses and will eliminate single-use plastic in all its offices.