The mission of Explore, as originally defined is based on three pillars: Understand, Innovate and Raise Awareness.
All Explore’ projects incorporate these three pillars. Understand, on our planet with limited resources, the interactions of humans with biodiversity as a whole, and raise a problem linked to the dominance of one specie and its wanderings … Innovate by inventing new ways of doing things, whether they are technical or behavioural and raise awareness among the greatest number of people about these challenges that we will have to address. What is happening nowadays is reinforcing the fact that we need to act today rather than tomorrow. Here we are, in a situation that very few of us would have dared to imagine except few science-fiction screenwriters, few sensational novel writers…, we all like to shudder a little, well curled up in our sofa.
We need scientists to understand and evolve
Each leg of the Explore stool calls upon science and curiosity. I should say “sciences, actually. Whether “hard” or “soft”, an ugly word to describe the social or human sciences, our advances and knowledge are nourished by the skills of expert researchers in their field. We need scientists to understand and evolve. But in this world where information travels around the world faster than a trout swallows the careless fly, scientists need us. Indeed, what does the recent survey which shows that more than a quarter of our fellow citizens think that the coronavirus was created in a laboratory, tell us? How can we explain that we sit collectively on a swing where sometimes we like to think that science will solve all the problems of the world, then the instant after that science equals distrust?
Collaborate to build a shared foundation
Our answer at Explore can be summed up in one sentence: place humans back at the heart of their environment, treat the living as a whole, from the smallest to the largest. And renew the dialogue by the simple relationship between each and each of us. Putting ourselves at the service of science as the Under The Pole team does with passion and brightness to discover and better know life in our oceans. Develop, under the leadership of Emmanuel Poisson-Quinton, participatory science projects which are meeting a growing enthusiasm in educational programs dedicated to students from primary to higher education, to break down the barriers between the “all knowing” and the others. Scientists are humans like any other and each citizen has the knowledge of his environment, of his history. Each brings to the other and we create a common base. Help with criticism of Fake News. Promote a united and positive vision of the future.
Our answer at Explore can be summed up in one sentence: place humans back at the heart of their environment, treat the living as a whole, from the smallest to the largest.