Tara Expeditions related by peoples
« I went on a visit of the Tara, a French exploration boat which explores different areas of the world. The Tara is part of a global network which studies the impact of climate change on the oceans. Her instruments go down into the sea to take samples of the water which are then analysed by lots of machines. They also study the state of the plankton. Without plankton, you could say that the sea would be a lifeless desert. Plankton are tiny floating objects and are very complicated. The two main types are phytoplankton (flora) and zooplankton (fauna). They live in bodies of water and reproduce by photosynthesis, at least for the vegetable plankton. The Tara is staffed by teams of researchers who study plankton samples and investigate the impact of pollution and global warming. Visiting the Tara made me aware of how fragile the sea is if we don’t protect it. » Following a visit aboard the Tara in Bordeaux. This pupil is a Syrian refugee.
Primary school student.
«It was a real pleasure working with the tara team. They contributed enormously to the film Planet Ocean which might not have won as many awards or have been as good without the tara. i also learned a lot about plankton thanks to them. Thank you tara. »
« The Tara has breathed new life into oceanography by combining new integrated approaches into marine ecosystems. By focusing on a particular ecosystem model (ocean plankton, the largest among the inhabitants of the sea), the Tara has assembled a new type of scientific explorer who will be the discoverer of the future. Who’s there? With whom? Where and how? We’ll soon know the answers as far as life at the surface of the ocean is concerned. That’s something to be happy about in the context of a sustainable development whose priority is to place the ocean at the heart of our planet’s evolution once again. »
Research director at the CNRS
« I am a young scientist. Given my age, I’m considered a beginner in the profession. When I’m in the laboratory on a daily basis I sometimes feel isolated from the other scientists. On the Tara, that wasn’t the case. I didn’t feel that way. The scientific director aboard was always to hand and I was even able to participate in certain decisions. Everything was well-prepared and planned. If the protocols weren’t suitable, then we would adapt them by discussing them together. I learned how to really work as a team and to share knowledge. »
Roxana Di Mauro
Scientist on the Tara Oceans expedition
« Tara Expeditions chose the port of Lorient, and Brittany, as a base to prepare the schooner’s first trip to the Arctic in 2006. Today Tara Expeditions has made Lorient its home port because of its suitable infrastructure and recognized network of expertise and skills. The Tara is an ambassador for our town, a powerful symbol and a human and scientific adventure. Over the years the people of Lorient have become attached to her. »
Mayor of Lorient and Chairman of Greater Lorient Council
« There is a poem in France that all school children learn by heart. It is called Man and the Sea by Charles Baudelaire: « Free man, you will always cherish the sea! The sea is your mirror... » Almost over a century and a half later we perhaps understand better that, in fact, humans can only be free and maintain control over their destiny if they protect the sea and the ocean by preserving its resources and its role in the world’s natural balance. That is the message of this exhibition organized by Tara Expeditions, it is both an invitation to go on a voyage and a call to conscience. » At UNESCO’s headquarters, at the opening of the exhibition « Ocean, source of life: Understanding the impact of environmental issues on the Ocean ».
Director-General of UNESCO
« Plankton provides us with fifty per cent of the oxygen we breathe. Taking half as many breaths would not be easy. By exploring, surveying, counting and understanding plankton and many other key aspects, the Tara is working to save us. The Tara is vital. Thank you Tara ».
« I have always been extremely fond of the Tara team and I applaud the efforts of all the teams aboard and the agnès b. managers who have made that possible. I am delighted that scientists are reviving the age-old French tradition of making great voyages to understand the world and that we are doing it by sail ».
Yachtswoman and President of World Wildlife Fund – France
« For me the tara represents two things: dreams and science. dreams of far-off horizons, the scent of adventure, the promise of extreme environments... and science, the kind i like, the one where scientists actually go into the field to observe things for themselves and are willing to « get their feet wet » to increase our knowledge. The tara brings with her the same spirit of accomplishment and exploration that was present back in the days of the Endeavour, the Astrolable, the Vostok and the Pourquoi pas. every boat has a personality, it tells us a story. and the tara story is my favourite of all. »
Director of the films March of the Penguins and Once upon a forest
« This boat is the result of a tremendous effort to know the earth better. »
(1917-2013) Novembre 2012
« What a fascinating adventure the Tara, this global laboratory ship, is. It’s a great pleasure to come back aboard this legendary boat!... I saw just how popular the Tara is in Dublin, in both the pubs and at City Hall... Mind you, according to mythology, the ancient capital of Ireland was called Tara! » Via Twitter, from aboard the Tara.
Patrick Poivre d’Arvor
Journalist and writer
« I would like to tell the Tara Oceans scientists that modern society is counting on them to help reconcile progress and the future (of the planet). Moreover, the key challenge now is to bridge the gap that divides scientists and politicians. We need scientific research, analysis and publications in order to make the right decisions. »
Former Minister of Ecology, March 2010
« i am delighted to see that the tara is brilliantly pursuing the programme of ocean exploration and natural science education that she was built for twenty-five years ago! This unique vessel has an extraordinary history. »
Doctor and explorer
« There is only one water cycle: when you drink water, you are drinking the ocean. We must preserve the ocean and the climate not to protect the planet, but to protect our own lives... And to do that we need knowledge. Over the last ten years Tara Expeditions has done tremendous work in the scientific field to help us to know, understand and love the ocean better, especially where plankton is concerned. In association with the Tara and other important figures of the marine world, we are honoured to have founded in Rio in 2012 the Alliance for the Sea and Oceans ».
President of Green Cross France and Territoires, and the Ocean Futures Society
« The Tara and her projects are here to amaze and inform us, instil passion in us and teach us to be responsible. »
Scientist, astronaut and President of Universcience
« I remember on that day in May 1989 when the whole team was watching this « funny floating thing » on the slipway of Villeneuve-la-Garenne shipyard. I was wondering if it had been a good idea to have put so much energy into such an unusual project which consisted of sailing a high-tech schooner through Antarctica as part of the Transantarctica Expedition led by Jean-Louis Étienne. The Antarctica had only just been built. I also remember being in a taxi in Moscow in October 2003 when my friend, Étienne Bourgois, called me and told me that he had just bought the Seamaster (formerly the Antarctica). At the time, I said to myself he was being foolish... Yet today, when I see where the boat has been and the results achieved over the last ten years, I understand that he was not acting on impulse but making a real ».
« This boat is the result of a tremendous
effort to know the earth better. »
(1917-2013) November 2012
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