Environment Day is supported by Fondation LÉA NATURE/JARDIN BiO and is focused on raising awareness of environmental issues with the general public, residents of the La Rochelle area, and LÉA NATURE staff members.
It is organized in the springtime, and each year a guest speaker is invited to share his/her experience and exchange with participants during various conferences.
Since 2007, we have had the great pleasure of welcoming Philippe Desbrosses, Gilles-Éric Séralini, Pierre Rabhi, Coline Serreau, Jean-Marie Pelt, Denis Cheissoux, Nicolas Hulot, Corinne Lepage Paul Watson, Matthieu Ricard, Vandana Shiva… These personalities are renowned for their expertise and their advocacy. They are an inspiration to us and we support their work through our Foundation.
Vandana Shiva is an environmental activist and anti-globalization author. She trained as a Physicist and has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food.
Buddhist Monk, Photographer, Author, Humanitarian and founder of Karuna-Shechen (a charitable non-profit organization for the under-served populations of India, Nepal, and Tibet.).
Known as the “pirate of the seas,” Paul Watson was a Greenpeace co-founder and activist as member, founder, and captain of the Sea Shepherd. He eventually disagreed with Greenpeace’s policies and created the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977 to fight against the destruction of marine life and to protect biodiversity.
During her career, Ms. Lepage was formerly a lawyer and served as minister of the environment to the French government. In 1999, she founded the Comité de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur le génie génétique (CRIIGEN) (independent committee for research and data collection in genetic engineering) in partnership with Professors Gilles-Éric Séralini and Jean-Marie Pelt.
Mr. Hulot is a photographer, journalist and television producer of several shows. He is the president of Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l’Homme (FNH), which he founded in 1990 to increase public awareness concerning environmental issues. www.fondation-nicolas-hulot.org
Mr. Cheissoux is a radio producer in France. He created a radio show on nature and the environment with a following of 500,000 listeners. He has been leading a series of conferences on climate-related risks since 2007, which have brought together over 9,000 participants.
Dr. Pelt was a botanist and ecologist, in addition to being a licensed pharmacist and professor of vegetal biology. He was the founder and president of the European Institute of Ecology, and served as secretary general to the CRIIGEN. He had published many scientific works on plant ecology.
Ms. Serreau is a French actress, director, scriptwriter and composer. In 2010, she directed a documentary film named Solutions locales pour un désordre global (local solutions to global problems) on environmental alternatives.
Mr. Rabhi is an organic farmer and a humanist who is specialized in agro-ecology, especially in arid climates. In 2007 he founded the international movement for the earth and humanism, which was subsequently coined the Colibris Movement (Mouvement Colibris).
Dr. Séralini is a professor of molecular biology and researcher at the University of Caen. He also serves as chairman of the Scientific Council of the CRIIGEN and has conducted several studies demonstrating the impact of pesticides and GMOs on public health. He is the author of Plaisirs Cuisinés ou Poisons Cachés (tasty meals or hidden poison).
Dr. Desbrosses holds a doctorate in environmental sciences and has developed an organic farm and training center, the Ferme-école de Sainte-Marthe, where he applies his own methods. Twenty-five new jobs were created and numerous species of fruit and vegetables that were threatened of extinction were brought back to life through this initiative.