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Word of the week : Terraforming

Now, every week, My Sherpa chooses a word to highlight, because it’s “trendy”. Because there needs to be an explanation, and, above all, because it echoes our values and principles.

Today, focus on 

« Terraforming ».

Anthropocene, phagocene … a multitude of words to designate the negative impact of modern man on his habitat, the Earth.

“Terraforming” literally means “shaping the earth”.

For a living organism, changing the world is not surprising: indeed, “the Earth has always been a place of change”. Several billion years ago, the very first bacteria, called “archaea”, were already changing their own environment. The simple functioning of their metabolism has thus contributed to charging the Earth’s atmosphere with 20% oxygen. This transformation of the earth’s space necessary for life, or “terraforming”, then allowed other modern forms of life to emerge.

We, as humans, are indeed life forms modified by other life forms that inhabit our bodies. “In the same way that we, as a species, terraform the Earth, life itself adapts and changes every individual that we are.” A way of remembering that there is not nature on one side and humans on the other, but a whole that passes from one living body to another. And to imply that by destroying the Earth, we are destroying ourselves.


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