13/04/2017 - Article
Along with the National Research Alliance for the Environment, AllEnvi, of which it is a founding member, CIRAD is supporting the March for Science to be held worldwide on 22 April.
On 22 April 2017, Earth Day, citizens of more than 500 towns and cities worldwide, including 20 in France, will be marching for science. This initiative was launched by US scientists in response to the denial of science and the questioning of the role of scientific knowledge in US society.
"The science in partnership with southern countries practised by CIRAD is a science that is both socially and politically committed by dint of its operating methods and objectives", declares CIRAD President Managing Director Michel Eddi. "We feel that the link with society and socioeconomic players is what prompts the questions we are tasked with addressing, and they are also the targets of our results. At a time when all societies are facing difficult choices if they are to build a sustainable future, there has never been quite so much uncertainty, and some people have resorted to denying issues, like climate sceptics. S cience is under attack, whereas it is in fact a vital navigational tool in our attempts to negotiate an uncertain future."
Michel Eddi encourages people to march: "defending science means defending the first common good created by man with a united, open vision of the future of mankind. This is why in France and all over the world, we will be marching together on 22 April to lay the foundations for a sustainable future that will benefit all."
CIRAD will be participating in the marches in Montpellier and St Denis de la Réunion, in a spirit of dialogue between Science and Society.