Jean-Christophe de Biseau / Teacher and researcher

Université Libre de Bruxelles / Biology

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The evolution of life has led to remarkable biodiversity. This biodiversity is both useful and beautiful. Its usefulness to man is a rational fact that can be illustrated by numerous examples: we continuously draw inspiration from the solutions selected during the biological evolution process and we use daily what this evolution has produced. More fundamentally, we are part of this biodiversity. Believing that man is superior to it, that he can always control everything, is a claim that could generate – and is already generating – many sufferings.
The beauty of biodiversity is a much more subjective, more personal notion. It is not based on rational facts and those who do not marvel at this beauty are unlikely to be very sensitive to this argument. For my part, I want to continue to be amazed!
Between rationality and sensitivity, therefore, I feel very concerned about the destruction of biodiversity under the obvious action of man.
The actions I implement in my daily life are classic: I use ecological cleaning products, I eat more and more food produced in short circuits and if possible cultivated without pesticides, I try to reduce the use of my car, I improve the insulation of my home.
In a society where everything is done to promote consumption, it must be recognized that these efforts are not always easy to implement. The constraint of moving with minimum environmental impact is the most difficult for me on a daily basis.
The key changes that I believe are needed in our society are an access to quality public transport and, above all, a significant effort to raise public awareness and information, especially among young people. The resources currently allocated to educate citizens, young and older, are currently totally insufficient.

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