In 1988 he joined the environmental movement "France Nature Environnement" and in the following year joined The Greens. From 1992 to 1994 he was the National Secretary of "EcoloJ", a youth environmental organisation. After completing his studies of fine arts in Strasbourg in 1994, he worked as an illustrator in publishing, for the French-German television channel Arte, and for the Irish channel TnaG. He then became a spokesman for The Greens. In January 2005 he was elected the National Secretary of The Greens with 62% of the vote, coming after long and protracted negotiations. In December 2006 Cécile Duflot succeeded him to the post.
He belonged to the environmentalist wing of the party, named "Pôle Écolo" (the Eco-Pole) ou "Écolo" (Eco). He worked with fellow Green politicians in the European Parliament.
In 2008 he became a member of François Bayrou's Democratic Movement.
On 22 March 2005, for the World Day for Water, he took a swim in the Seine river in Paris, along with three other members of the Executive College of the Greens. Their reason behind this action was to denounce pollution in French rivers and to urge the government to reexamine its environmental policy in this regard. French President Jacques Chirac had—in a sense—promised much the same thing in regard to the Seine river during time as mayor of Paris.
- (French) Personal site of Yann Wehrling
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