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AN EXCEPTIONAL BOOK

ON THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD

" HOPES " is an exceptional book project combining Arts and Sciences, bringing together personalities from around the world, scientists, explorers, astronauts, philosophers, writers, ecologists, representatives of indigenous peoples, gathered at the initiative of French futurist Yannick Monget and the Symbiom Committee, concerning the future of humanity and our planet, through dozens of digital paintings translating into pictures various future scenarios for our world.

Discover the first teaser of the project unveiled in June 2020. 

" HOPES " is an exceptional book project combining Arts and Sciences, bringing together personalities from around the world, scientists, explorers, astronauts, philosophers, writers, ecologists, representatives of indigenous peoples, gathered at the initiative of French futurist Yannick Monget and the Symbiom Committee, concerning the future of humanity and our planet, through dozens of digital paintings translating into pictures various future scenarios for our world.

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PRESENTATION

When art and science stimulate reflection on the future of our world

Between Threats and Hopes... Dealing first with the various threats to our world and requiring the mobilization of all, this book puts forward in its openly optimistic second part the concrete solutions available to us, conveying a real message of hope, imagining what a world could look like where the insurrection of consciences has revolutionized our way of thinking, placing ethics at the basis of our development. A quite plausible scenario of hope, supported by recent discoveries and by the increasingly shared desire throughout the world to rethink our way of life, to create a new vision of our societies from the crisis, where our imagination would once again feed our dreams and where these dreams, and not particular interests, would finally shape the world we will live in tomorrow.

Many personalities have been involved in this extraordinary project, sharing their views and experiences, responding to these visions of the future, stating their warnings and in the end leaving their messages of hope to humanity. Today, with dozens of contributions from the most famous names, « Hopes » has become a real support for the vision of the world held by some of our greatest minds: scientists, philosophers, representatives of indigenous communities, whistleblowers, former heads of state...

" Yannick Monget innovated by his way of sensitizing, putting side by side the future threats and hopes through realistic terrestrial and spatial images accompanied by texts of great witnesses who consolidate hope. HOPES, an exceptional project."

JEAN-FRANCOIS CLERVOY

Astronaut

" An essential work, a futuristic approach, but based above all on science, which brings a really different level of reflection "

JEAN LEMIRE

Quebec biologist and filmmaker, Honorary Ambassador of the UN Green Wave

TRAILER

Realisation Symbiom Arts

// Presentation by Bertrand Piccard, initiator of Solar Impulse.

AUTHOR AND CONTRIBUTORS

YANNICK MONGET

Prospectiviste, fondateur du Comité Symbiom

Yannick Monget is a futurist, ecologist, writer and French artist. He is the founder of the Symbiom group, and lives in Metz, France. 

 

Founder of Symbiom / He is the founder of the Symbiom group as well as the namesake Committee, which he created with, among others, astronaut Jean-François Clervoy, academician Jacques Rougerie, and lawyer Corinne Lepage. He brings together personalities from around the world, committed to promoting peace and preserving the environment, which aims to raise awareness and inform decisionmakers about the problems related to the contemporary environmental crisis. He is also one of the ambassadors of the Universal Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Mankind, a project led by the French Presidency since 2015.

 

Prospectivist / Close to botanist Jean-Marie Pelt, it is through the work of photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand that he understood at the beginning of the 2000s the role that visual art, education and information can play in raising awareness on environmental issues. A prospectivist and a dedicated fan of new technologies, he decided to mix both by using digital art techniques in order to make the spectator travel virtually into hypothetical futures:  staged in a strikingly realistic way, they benefit from a scientific approach adapted in particular from the work of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). His works lay the stress on the threats as well as the hopes emerging for humanity and our planet.

 

Author / Novelist, and author of a photo-documentary book published by Editions de la Martinière in Paris, Abrams in New York, Gerstenberg in Berlin, or Ecus Publishing House in Taiwan, his works have illustrated many international media such as National Geographic or Geo. His visual works have also been featured in major exhibitions around the world, from Metz his hometown to Vancouver, Brussels, Munich, Geneva and of course Paris, where the latest one, presented in preview at the Palais d'Iéna, was inaugurated at the Paris City Hall, Rue de Rivoli as part of the COP21 international summit.

 

Non-final Liste / under development

H.S.H Prince ALBERT II of MONACO

Sovereign Prince of Monaco, President of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

SANDRA BESSUDO

Biologist, oceanographer, former Minister of Environment of Colombia

 

GILLES BOEUF

Biologist, President of the National Museum of Natural History of Paris from 2009 to 2015

 

ALLAIN BOUGRAIN-DUBOURG

French journalist, producer and director of animal programmes, and President of the LPO

 

VALÉRIE CABANES

International Lawyer engaged in the defence of indigenous peoples and the recognition of the rights of nature

 

JEAN-LOUP CHRETIEN

Spacefarer, the first French and Western European to have been in space

 

JEAN-FRANÇOIS CLERVOY

French astronaut at the European Space Agency (ESA), veteran of three space missions with NASA

 

YVES COPPENS

Paleoanthropologist, Honorary Professor at the National Museum of Natural History and the Collège de France

 

JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU

Explorer, founder of Ocean Futures Society and president of Green Cross France. Son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau

 

IAN DUNLOP

Member of the Club of Rome, President of Safe Climate Australia, Australia 21

SHIRIN EBADI

Iranian judge and lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

 

JUAN ESPADAS

Mayor of Seville, member of the Spanish National Climate Council

 

RICHARD ALLEN GARRIOTT

Entrepreneur, explorer, member of the Executive Committee of Space Adventures, son of astronaut Owen K. Garriott

 

CLAUDIE HAIGNERE

Space scientist and former Minister of Research, first French woman to go into space

 

Nicolas HULOT

Journalist, animator, producer, writer, former French Minister of the Environment

 

MICHEL JARRAUD

Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 2004-2015

 

JEAN JOUZEL

French climatologist and glaciologist, Member of the French Academy of Sciences, former vice-president of the IPCC

 

NAOTO KAN

Japanese statesman, 61 Prime Minister of Japan, faced with the terrible nuclear disaster of Fukushima in 2011

 

TAWAKKOL KARMAN

Yemeni women's rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

JEAN LEMIRE

Quebec biologist, explorer and filmmaker, honorary ambassador of the UN Green Wave

 

CORINNE LEPAGE

Lawyer, former French Minister of the Environment, Honorary President of CRIIGEN

 

KENNY MATEMPASH OLE MEITEI

 Sage and Maasai spokesman from Kenya and Tanzania

 

MICHEL MAYOR

Swiss astrophysicist, discoverer of the first extrasolar planet, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics

 

RAONI METUKTIRE

Head of the Kayapo people, an international figure in the struggle to save the Amazonian forest

 

NATHALIE MEUSY

Head of the Coordination Office for Sustainable Development at the European Space Agency (ESA)

 

HINDOU OUMAROU IBRAHIM

Spokesperson for the Peul community of Chad, an African icon in the field of environmental protection

 

YVES PACCALET

French philosopher, naturalist, writer and journalist, penman of Commander Cousteau for 20 years

 

JACQUES PERRIN

French actor, director and film producer

 

BERTRAND PICCARD

Aeronaut, psychiatrist, first man to fly around the world in a balloon, initiator of the « Solar Impulse », the first solar plane

 

HUBERT REEVES

Astrophysicist, stellar nucleosynthesis specialist, science popularizer, French-Canadian ecologist

SERGUEÏ REVIN

Russian Cosmonaut, graduate of the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and Moscow University for the Humanities

 

MATTHIEU RICARD

Buddhist monk, doctor of cell genetics, author and interpreter of the Dalai Lama

 

PHILIPPE VALLETTE

Oceanographer, director of the Nausicaa Sea Centre in France, he is at the origin of the "World Ocean Network" project

 

PAUL WATSON

Canadian anti-speciesist environmental activist, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

 

JODY WILLIAMS

Teacher, human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

 

REN YABUKI

Japanese Environmental activist and actor, President of the NGO Life Investigation Agency (LIA)

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