Anne Blondlot, adapt at all costs

Anne Blondlot, s'adapter coûte que coûte

Adapt at all costs

On earth, as in the universe, everything changes. Unfortunately, since the Industrial Revolution, human activity has contributed to global warming at a rate 50 times greater than all volcanoes, ocean currents and variations in solar energy combined. If he were still alive, Darwin would repeat that the survival of species depends on their ability to adapt and evolve. It is not Anne Blondlot who would contradict him.

For 15 years, the agronomist of French origin has worked within Ouranos, a consortium which one could say was not born from the last rain, but rather from the great ice storm of 1998. As coordinator of scientific programming in the commercial agriculture, fishing and aquaculture sectors, Anne channels her energies to enable Quebec society to better prepare for climate change and to adopt regenerative agriculture practices . She is responsible for resilient food systems and water availability risks.

Thanks to a network of 450 researchers, experts, practitioners and decision-makers from different disciplines, Anne Blondlot and her colleagues have the mandate to coordinate the development of scientific research projects that allow us to better understand and counter the repercussions that stakeholders in the field will face. medium. It also ensures that the work of all these stakeholders results in promising solutions that will be applied as effectively as possible.

“The first Ouranos projects focused mainly on climate science and the analysis of their impacts because it was necessary to develop this knowledge and understand the biological and physical repercussions. Today, we are working much more on the economic and social implications. We seek to accelerate this implementation of solutions while ensuring that there is social acceptability. »

After graduating from the École Nationale Supérieure d'Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires in Nancy with a specialization in plant production, Anne Blondlot first spent five years in Indonesia. She worked there in rural development on behalf of a consulting company. Also trained in precision agriculture, Anne spent a year in the United States before returning to France where she devoted herself for ten years to the application of precision agriculture as well as impact of climate change on cereal yields in an applied research institute.

Arriving in Quebec in 2008 with her partner and children, her interest in saving the planet has never wavered. Even the very recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns us that humanity is burning away its last chances, has not dampened its determination. “It’s worrying, but we don’t have the right to give up. We have the solutions to reduce greenhouse gases, but what is needed now is political will. » For her children, the 54-year-old woman remains hopeful that things will change and that measures will be implemented. But Anne doesn't tell stories. “Technology will not allow us to continue to overconsume. To escape the catastrophe, we absolutely must change our behavior. » Word to the wise, hello! Or rather, salute to the wise!

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