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Fascinated by the evolution of life and space, he began, after a scientific baccalaureate and a preparatory class, studies in Earth and Universe Sciences (DSTU) at the University Henri-Poincaré of Nancy. He then quickly turned to paleontology, to which he was initiated by Eric Buffetaut. It was while studying certain crises that have marked the history of life on earth that he became interested in the contemporary ecological crisis in the early 2000s. Observing striking similarities between current environmental disturbances and what is known about past upheavals, he decides to turn fully to awareness raising to alert and inform about the gravity of the situation.

With the support of his friend Jean-Marie Pelt, considered by many as the father of urban ecology, he decided to found the group Symbiom in Metz in 2008. While Symbiom's primary activity revolved around raising awareness of environmental issues, notably through its structure dedicated to the Arts and Sciences, Symbiom is today also committed to the challenges of ethical governance, through its Committee, founded with numerous personalities internationally recognized for their commitment to environmental protection and the promotion of peace. More recently, the group has also engaged in research and development projects around the notion of societal symbiosis, which rethinks the relationship between humans and their environment by developing tools and technologies to this end.

 

In order to enable decision-makers and the general public to better understand the risks linked to the global crisis, he decided to use digital image technologies as a vector of information.

 

His foresight work was quickly noticed by several publishers, including the La Martinière group (publisher of the photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the former American vice-president Al Gore), where he signed several photographic books in 2006. These were taken up abroad, such as in New York by Abrams Books. His work is regularly taken up by international media (National Geographic, GEO, Sciences et Vie...) and has been adapted since 2007 in several major exhibitions around the world (Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Vancouver, Munich...). The most recent one, Visions, between threats and hopes, was launched with the city of Paris in the framework of the COP21 world summit in December 2015.

 

As a novelist, he has also written several engaged fictions in the image of Résilience, which focuses on the nuclear issue. For several years, Yannick Monget has been denouncing the dangerousness of this technology alongside personalities such as the former French Minister of the Environment Corinne Lepage, with whom he shares many struggles for the protection of the environment and biodiversity. 

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