As one of this year’s winners of the “Prix du Rayonnement Français” (5th edition), Tara Expeditions was given the environmental prize on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius.
Created in 2009 and placed under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic, the “Prix du Rayonnement Français” recognizes personalities and initiatives that promote French heritage abroad, and especially France’s democratic and humanistic values.
For 12 years, Tara has combined scientific research with environmental commitment by informing a very wide public about the present and future of our oceans, in view of the current ecological crisis. Studying the Ocean, sharing our knowledge worldwide, and informing environmental decisions are at the heart of our missions.This international influence is the result of broad mobilization and the commitment of many participants and trusted partners, as Eric Karsenti (CNRS/EMBL), who contribute alongside Tara to the preservation of marine ecosystems, so essential to the health of our planet. This award recognizes the work undertaken by our faithful supporters, notably the fashion designer agnès b. who has sponsored Tara for 12 years.
Etienne Bourgois, co-founder and President of Tara Expeditions, remarks that this award “reinforces belief and ambition for tomorrow.” “Tara Expeditions is this richness, this mixture, the coming together of scientists, artists, writers and children. Science here is combined with the art of sharing. Today I would like to further develop the educational scope of our project, diffuse it even more widely. We must continue to raise public awareness in France and among French-speaking people, but this is not enough. We can go further, provided we have long-term funding. Next year Tara will be in Asia. Presenting Tara’s message and research – in China, Japan and the Pacific islands – is equally essential for continuing our mission.”
The ceremony was held at the Quai d’Orsay, before a large audience of French people living abroad : government officials, directors at the Quai d’Orsay, members of the Assembly of French Citizens Abroad, foreign ambassadors in France.
Represented by its President Etienne Bourgois, and Secretary General Romain Troublé, Tara Expeditions took this evening to recall the importance of the COP21 in getting the Ocean to be taken into account in climate negotiations …just 50 days before the beginning of the international Climate Conference.