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Invest massively in science and biodiversity, humanity’s life insurance

The cradle of our future is the Earth, which must be kept alive if we ourselves want to remain so. That is why we are calling for general mobilization and the launch of an innovative, aggressive and ambitious Marshall Plan for Biodiversity, to conserve and restore biodiversity and give ourselves the political, scientific and financial means to do so. inspire tomorrow’s innovation. “Biodiversity, capital and future muse”.

France aims to respond to the challenges of the climate crisis. Are we prioritizing the right ones? Do we distinguish between problems and solutions, causes and consequences? Do we know how to listen in solidarity to the root people, in communion with the living? How to draw a different future? Innovative, universal, inspiring and unifying. The answer will be collective and must combine living, science, applications and innovation, the 4 pillars of the transition.

In an age of technological prowess and the rise of virtual and disconnected lives, it’s time to worry about our only safe haven: life! No one can escape polluted air, forage on barren land, protect themselves from fire and floods, or appreciate a ruined landscape. Humanity is in the process of creating a nature without life, which will become a nature without people. This humanity will die from killing biodiversity, from thinking of itself as separate and not part of the living.

3.8 billion years of R&D can inspire our strategic roadmap

Biodiversity does not die slowly and “gently”, it dies in one season, in a few weeks, as shown by the red gorgonians of the Mediterranean decimated in a single summer. What do we do when the trees no longer wake up after winter? But this priority of preserving life is also an incredible hope: wherever we protect biodiversity, wherever we restore vibrant and productive ecosystems, in forests, seas, estuaries, streams and rivers, in fields and in cities, we restore hope, we reduce heat islands, we bind CO2, we reduce pollution, we limit the risk of drought and floods, we conserve resources and we reduce the risk of conflict geopolitics.

Biodiversity is a powerful solution to the climate problem because this life that we mistreat is not only beautiful and useful, it hides the answers to human challenges! Provided we know how to listen to it, observe it, love it and acknowledge it, to learn from its expertise in resilience and continuous adaptation for 3.8 billion years! The living are the most powerful ally in our future, drawing inspiration from it must become our new strategic roadmap. What national ambition do we have for the Living, who both by their annihilation are the primary cause of all our ills and by their excellence our only salvation.

The time is no longer for discoveries, but for solutions, ambitious and systemic

Fight pollution, regenerate land and sea life, stop rampant artificialisation, eco-design what we produce, source locally, conserve resources, reinvent regenerative agriculture and vibrant cities, invest in research and stimulate the connection between science and industry, reinvent our economic models, these are the new frontiers of innovation.

Take the living as a source of inspiration and get out of our towers of Babel

The idea of ​​taking living organisms as a source of inspiration and solutions (biomimicry) is not new, but is growing rapidly, which should be encouraged. Above all, it is an up-and-down, exciting and mobilizing approach, which no longer presents Nature as a stock, a value, a beautiful landscape or a dogmatic struggle, but as a brilliant and incredible school of the future.

With the development of knowledge, the emergence of collaborative and interdisciplinary innovation, the contribution of new technologies and the recognition of nature as a model, the bioinspiration approach is at the heart of our quest for transformation. We need reconnection between man and nature, but also between research and industry, ecology and economy, large groups and start-ups, biologists and engineers, scientists and the general public. Our sectoral, disciplinary and societal “languages” are our new towers of Babel, they isolate us when we need to meet.

The biomimicry sector: a national flagship in the making

Biomimicry is also a sector of scientific excellence, a source of industrial, energy and ecological renewal, an asset for France: backed by its network of academic skills, its global reserve of biodiversity and its industrial and entrepreneurial capacities, France can and must adopt a strategic and ambitious programme.

There is no planet B, let’s invest here in restoring life

We know the cost of inaction, but how much do we value the pool of innovations and services that the living offer? To invest in our future, we call for an aggressive and ambitious general mobilization to conserve biodiversity and provide the political, scientific and financial means to draw inspiration from it to innovate tomorrow. At the confluence of creativity, academic excellence, universalism and ecological and industrial engineering, for a new wave of biodiversity in France and to take up the challenge of living on earth.

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Co-signatories:

  • Dr. Fabienne Aujard, Research Director at CNRS, Director of the Adaptive Mechanisms and Evolution CNRS/MNHN laboratory
  • Clémence Bechu, Director of Development, Innovation and Partnerships, Bechu & Associés
  • Philippe Berta, Geneticist, Faculty Professor, Deputy of the 6th District of the Gard, Member of the Commission for Cultural Affairs and Education
  • Professor Serge Berthier, Paris Diderot University & Paris Institute of Nanosciences, Sorbonne-University
  • Professor Laurent Billon, teacher-researcher at the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, deputy director of IPREM
  • Gilles Boeuf, biologist, former president of the National Museum of Natural History, professor at Pierre-et-Marie-Curie University and Sorbonne University
  • Fabrice Bonnifet, President of the College of Sustainable Development Directors, with all members of the board
  • Allain Bougrain Dubourg, Chairman of the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) and of the Strategic Orientation Board of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB)
  • Teacher. Jérôme Casas, Institute for Research in Insect Biology -IRBI-Tours. Corresponding Fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh and Honorary Professor Heriot-Watt University
  • Gauthier Chapelle, agricultural engineer and doctor of biology; author, lecturer, scientific collaborator at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
  • Tarik Chekchak, Biomimicry Director for the Desirable Futures Institute; Polar expeditions
  • Pierre Darmet, deputy chairman of the association International Biodiversity and Real Estate Council
  • Emmanuel Delannoy, Secretary General of the French Committee of IUCN
  • Emmanuel Druon, president of Pocheco, inventor of the first economy demonstrator
  • Jean-Louis Etienne, physician and explorer
  • Olivier Floch, general curator of Biomim’expo
  • Claude Fromageot, President of RESPECTOCEAN
  • Françoise Gaill, biologist, oceanographer, emeritus director of research at the CNRS; Vice President of the Ocean and Climate International Platform, Honorary Chair of the Scientific Committee.
  • Olivier Grabette, President of Friends of Sustainable Grids
  • Philippe Grandcolas, CNRS research director, researcher and founder, Department of Systematics, Evolution, Biodiversity, ISYEB, UMR 7205 CNRS MNHN SU EPHE UA. The National Museum of Natural History
  • Guillian Graves, designer, president of the Big Bang Project, co-leader of the MSc NID at ENSCI-Les Ateliers; teacher at Sciences Po EMI
  • Christophe Goupil, Physicist, LIED, University of Paris Cité
  • Dr. Claude Grison, director of the Laboratory of Bio-inspired Chemistry and Ecological Innovations, national corresponding member of the National Academy of Pharmacy, member of the European Academy of Sciences
  • Olivier Hamant, biologist, RDP & Michel Serres Institute – INRAE, ENS de Lyon
  • Emma Haziza, Hydrologist, Mines Paris, AgroParisTech
  • Jean Hornain, CEO at Citeo
  • Roland Jourdain, navigator, double winner of the Route du Rhum; Co-founder of Explore Fund
  • Jean Jouzel, climatologist, member of the Academy of Sciences
  • Bruno Lhoste, President Indigo
  • Michele Pappalardo
  • Laetitia Pfeiffer, Innovation & Sustainability partner at onepoint
  • Patricia Ricard, President of the Paul Ricard Oceanographic Institute
  • Kalina Raskin, General Manager of Ceebios
  • Chrystelle Roger, President of Myceco
  • Jacques Rougerie, architect, member of the institute
  • Michèle Sabban, founding member of R20, Regions of Climate Actions
  • Marc-André Selosse, professor at the Norwegian Natural History Museum
  • Romain Troublé, Executive Director of the Tara Ocean Foundation, President of the Ocean and Climate Platform.
  • Philippe Vasseur, former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; former Special Commissioner for the revitalization and re-industrialisation of the Hauts-de-France; former deputy, regional council member, mayor; author ; Chairman of the association “Alliances”; President of the World Forum for Responsible Economy (World Forum Lille)
  • Dr. Stéphane Viollet, Research Director at the CNRS, Institute of Movement Sciences in Marseille
  • Dr. Franck Zal – PhD / HDR / EMBA CEO and Scientific Director Hemarina SA