05. ONE FOR ALL
It is not enough to share, we must participate. Actively.
We have discovered in the daily exercise of becoming aware of the collective the power of putting the ideas of a few into action for the benefit of many.
And when each does their part for their own development – physical, mental and social – its easy to understand why one swallow doesn’t make a summer.
Colomban de Vargas is a biologist and a great appreciator of adventures. He chooses his challenges based on the benefit they can bring to science. He participated in an audacious expedition that covered 35 countries to study plankton, where he coordinated a team of researchers who collected more than 40 thousand samples. The topics that he studies go beyond marine life, reaching our climate. Colomban graduated from the University of Geneva and is a master in research at the National Council of Scientific Research at the Roscoff biological station in France.
Those who believe that the Swiss only produce Swiss army knives, clocks and chocolate are mistaken. They also produced the jewel that is the biologist and adventurer Colomban de Vargos, who, at 40, started traveling through the oceans of the world in a sailboat on the TARA OCEAN expedition, studying protists. Don’t know what they are? Relax, almost no one does. Protists are a fifth category of life after viruses, bacteria, animals and plants. Single-celled miniscule organisms, beautiful when seen, that have been on the earth for more than a billion years, helping, for example, plankton produce 50% of the carbon and oxygen that we breath. “We returned with a giant data bank, with 40 thousand plankton samples and in the next 30 years we are going to have a model of the Earth as a system, a cell, that we can live in symbiosis with.” Amen.
Writer and journalist, Jim Robbins celebrates that fact that he can give himself freely to his curiosity and even be paid for it. He has wandered the world looking for good stories that have become books and texts for the science section of the New York Times, the newspaper that he has collaborated with since 1980. In this space he deals with themes like the environment and the human central nervous system, pointing out internal changes that can become instruments in the transformation of lives and the planet.
They say that everyone must have a child, write a book and plant a tree before they die. But for the writer and freelance journalist of the New York Times, Jim Robbins, if we just do the last part, we’d already be off to a great start. The author of “The man who planted trees” tells how he became a rooted defender when he observed the devastation of the old growth pine trees on his property in Colorado because of climate change. For him, science still hasn’t studied deep enough about these beings that filer air, stop floods, recover desert areas, purify water, block UV rays and are the basis of medicines as well as decorate the view. Much beyond shade and fresh water. Amen.
Tony Haymet dedicates his life to the study of oceans and their implications on the Earth’s climate. He directs the Scripps Institution of Oceanography as the head of the largest network of greenhouse gas monitoring stations. He is vice president of CleanTech San Diego, a non-profit organization that is one of the main producers of clean energy and sustainable practices in the US. The researcher defends the exploration of oceans as if they were a neighboring planet. “We don’t have any idea of what strange forms of life prosper in the depths of the ocean. But we know enough to not want to loose them.”
The oceanographer and researcher Tony Haymet is a deep man. He is a kind of Yuri Gagarin of the waters, that dreams of solving the mysteries of the ocean floor, which, according to him, is an admirable new world, capable of revealing, even with all of its darkness, an innumerous amount of life forms that are still to be discovered. The first incursion to the depths of the oceans happened in 1960, a little before the Russian spaceship made it to space. Today, the private, non-profit organization that he helped found and that he runs is responsible for the development of a robot that crossed 4km of depth in 2 hours to collect samples of viruses, bacteria and protists. “We have always been inspired by the 78% of water the covers our planet. It belongs to everyone. The oceans are our friends and we need to care for them,” he declares. Amen.
Videomaker, director of commercials, musician. This is Jarbas Agnelli, who, in 10 years as head of his agency, AD Studio, has already received awards from Cannes and the Grand Clio, the most prestigious American propaganda award and the first given to non-English entry.
Jarbas Agneli is a director with various awards on his resumé and passages through great Brazilian agencies, including the one he founded, considered to be a small great company. It is there that Jarbas creates and finalizes commercials, shorts, videos and sound tracks (yes, he is also passionate for music), using animation techniques, like live action 3D, motion design and stop motion for inspiration. He is the father of Gabriel and Nina and of two unforgettable pieces of work: “Birds on the wires”, winner of the Youtube Play Guggenheim festival, chosen from 23 thousand videos from 91 countries and “The City of samba” in partnership with Keith Loitit. Using the tilt shift technique, the pair animated no less than 168 thousand photographs of the Marvelous City during Carnival: love of summer forever…but with a live orchestra and Jarbas at the keyboards, only at TEDxRio+20! Turn up the sound!