Patrick Mardulyn / Chargé de cours

Université Libre de Bruxelles / Evolution, Population Genetics

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The pressure that our human societies exert on the environment is increasing. I have observed this in my research on biodiversity, which takes me all over Europe. The comparison of our environment in Western Europe with that of the regions further east, which have experienced less economic development for historical reasons, is striking, both in terms of the landscapes and the quantity and diversity of plants and animals encountered. However, we cannot ignore this degradation and live disconnected from our environment: we are part of it and largely depend on it. Although we are becoming more and more aware of the problem, the measures taken to mitigate our impact seem to me to be anecdotal and far too timid.
For several years now, I have been using exclusively my bicycle to go to work. We can each act at our own level to reduce our impact on the environment. However, it seems important to me that we continue to be able to move freely and allow cultural exchanges; in science in particular, international exchanges are essential. I dream that our societies will do their utmost to develop efficient public transport that have much less impact on our environment.

Originally posted 2018-08-01 00:14:44.