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John Allen partage ses rêves à la Terre

7 octobre 2020

Wednesday, October 7th 2020. John Allen, the visionary founder of the Biosphere2 project, expresses his dreams to the Earth on OneHome.

Most astronauts, when they saw the Earth from space, were astounded by its beauty and fell in love with her. This transformation is called the Overview Effect and forever changed their lives. Since April 2020, the OneHome NGO (www.onehome.org) offers the possibility for everybody to experience the Overview Effect and feel home on this planet.

John Allen, inventor and investor, conceived and co-founded in Arizona Biosphere 2 – the world’s first and by far largest laboratory to study global ecology. Biosphere 2 - from 1991 to 1993 - set world records in closed life system work: sealing tightness, 100% waste recycling, and duration of human residence within a closed system (eight people for two years). 

« I have always been inspired by the view of the Earth from space, our spaceshipEarth, to imagine Biosphere 2 and all our other projects. Inhabiting this planet as we all were astronauts taking care of our common life-support-system could change the future. This was one of the main goals of Biosphere 2. I am extremely glad to participate to the OneHome project with our friend Jean-Pierre and his great team. » said John Allen.

To build know-hows required for Biosphere 2 Allen first conceived, invented, co-founded, and managed the start-up of nine other multi-vector projects, from tropical forests to savannahs to desert to ocean to world city, around the planet, based on sustainable biomes (biomes: level of organized complexity of life systems below biosphere). 

He currently serves as Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corporation, which he co-founded, owns and operates innovative sustainable ecological projects of which he was chief designer: restoration of a farm inProvence, a 5000 acre savannah regeneration project in Australia, a 1000 acre sustainable rainforest timber project in Puerto Rico, a London arts, theater, and seminars building in Bloomsbury (www.ecotechnics.edu). 

John also, together with colleagues, designed and built a research vessel, the R/V Heraclitus (www.rvheralitus.org), to sail and study the world’s oceans. Built in1975, the ship has sailed over 250,000 nautical miles, including up the Amazon and into the Rio Napo, and to Antarctica. See www.rvheralitus.org for more information. 

John Allen graduated in Metallurgical-Mining Engineering with honors from Colorado School of Mines, and he holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.Allen has over two dozen publications to his credit, half scientific, the remainder in poetry, drama, essays, short stories, two novels and documentaries. He is the main character of the « SpaceshipEarth » documentary on Biosphere 2, released on April 22, 2020 for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (see www.spaceshipearthmovie.com).

“It is the highest honor for OneHome to host JohnAllen. When I was thirteen years old in 1987, I heard about Biosphere 2 for the first time. I fell in love right away with this vision combining planetary stewardship and science to understand the complex relationship between man and biosphere, with the view to improve our life on Earth and prepare further exploration of the cosmos. This project inspired all my life and subsequent choices.I met John Allen and the Biosphere 2 family in 2009 and it was an immediate friendship. We are extremely proud with this cooperation and that the vision ofJohn Allen could nurture OneHome. His magical text is a legacy for us and an inspiration for all humans.” said Jean-Pierre Goux, President and founder of OneHome.

Jean-Pierre Goux at Biosphere 2 in Arizona, 1999.
Jean-Pierre Goux at Biosphere 2 in Arizona, 1999.

The music of this video “Elegy for a Tempest” was composed by Mark Yaeger (www.markyaeger.com) with the support of Touché Music (www.touche-music.com) and Nausicart (www.nausicart.org). As a film and classical composer residing in Los Angeles, Mark Yaeger has composed, arranged, orchestrated, performed on, and produced the music to over 40Hollywood and independent films. He was in charge of much of the composing and project management on many American and notable French films (Pirates of theCaribbean, Gladiator, Le Petit Nicolas, etc.). Mark and his partners have worked with the OneHome team since the beginning. Mark composed the main soundtrack of the OneHome platform to be revealed early 2021.

During this first launch phase, OneHome offers a unique experience by broadcasting an inspiring video of the latest images of the Earth every day on its social networks (Instagram,  Facebook, YouTube & Vimeo) along with featured inspirational videos with artists, astronauts, philosophers, scientists and activists. OneHome believes that engaging people through deep positive emotions is more effective than fear and that a common collective vision could accelerate the ecological transition.

OneHome web platform - phase 2
OneHome – Phase 2 platform

A la fin de l'été 2020, l'expérience OneHome s'enrichira d'une plateforme révolutionnaire qui nous permettra d'exprimer collectivement notre amour pour notre planète quels que soient le pays, la nationalité ou les origines à travers des messages vocaux qui tourneront autour de la Terre, appelés «love stars» ». Collectionner et montrer l'amour de l'humanité à notre planète nous rassemblera. Plus de détails sur la deuxième phase seront bientôt publiés ainsi que d'autres collaborations avec des artistes, des astronautes, des scientifiques et des philosophes.

“This poetic parenthesis aims to reconnect us to the beauty of our common home, the Earth. A shared vision necessary to form a new vision of the world and then build a new world. These images are yours, use them in schools, events and with decision makers. We want them to spread around the globe and inspire humans to build a desirable future” adds Jean-Pierre Goux.

Texte complet de John Allen

Earth is an extraordinary planet.  A biosphere made its trillion-tonned, fifty-million specied, four-billion-year home here.  It deposited a quadrillion tons of synthesized molecules to improve that home, and it adds ten million more tons of new geological deposits each year, thus greatly altering Earth’s crust by creating rock-destroying roots and hooves, soils, mucks, sedimentary formations like coal and limestone, and liquid oils and natural gases, finally by evolving humans who evolved shore-changing and mountain-leveling technologies.  Ordinarily, planets don’t have biospheres. This biosphere, unique in our solar system and for much farther beyond, allowed and assisted us to evolve and to create what I now call the ethnosphere, the sphere of cultures that manifest differing aspects of human potential.  The biosphere not only grew and evolved, but humanity evolved and developed these varying interacting cultures. 

I designed Biosphere 2 to sustain a one-hundred-year “human experiment” in order to see how humans deal with relatively long-term life systems, and from that data to lay the basis for genuine noospherics.  

My intentions: to create a decisive beginning of biospheric science and engineering; and to create a living evolving biosphere. My aim, my hope: forBiosphere 2 to become more than a set of operational algorithms; a transforming experience for those involved; for it to become a symbol, metaphor, legomenon, an inspiration to assist cultures, including those that would arise on moons and other planets and those existing now and in the future on Planet Earth, for biospheres and cultures to become co/operating partners to help manifest ever-finer tuned, more delightful complexities and beauties. 

At the conference initiating the Biosphere 2 project, astronaut Rusty Schweickart recalled his spacewalk during the Apollo 9 flight when he looked on the Earth, miles below:  “On that small blue and white planet below is everything that means anything to y ou; all of history and music and poetry and art, death and birth, love, tears, joy, games… all on that little spot in the cosmos. National boundaries and human artifacts no longer seem real.  Only the biosphere, whole and home of life” My full dream: Earth’s biosphere will flourish with humanity as its star performer; the technosphere will support the biosphere as its fragile, unique base from which to intellectually and physically explore the universe; the ethnosphere’s cultures will unite to stop destruction of magnificent age-old biospheric systems for evanescent exploiters to squander on conspicuously idiotic consumption. 

Above all, I want present-day and future humans to know what Biosphere 2 existed, worked and was loved by me, my friends, colleagues and those millions of people who came into contact with it.  Humans have the power to create new biospheres as well as to restore what has been ruthlessly plundered in Biosphere I. 

Biosphere2 taught us much about how to build even better biospheres.  As Goethe said,  “Our friends show us what we can accomplish; our enemies show us what we must do” I will continue to watch and participate in the ongoing history of Biosphere 2and its successors.  Let this history enlighten whoever it may.

(extracts from
Me and the Biospheres).

About OneHome 

OneHome is a nonprofit initiative to reconnect humans with the Earth, using the beauty and wonder of our planet from space like astronauts. From the awareness resulting from this experience of overview effect, OneHome wishes to trigger a feeling of belonging, a "home feeling", and lead to a change in individual and collective behavior. 

OneHome is a collective project carried out with artists, astronauts, designers and experts.The project is supported by an advisory board of leading figures in ecology, space sector and planetary stewardship. It is founded by Jean-Pierre Goux, former math researcher, entrepreneur in the energy and environmental sector, author of the Blue Century (“Siècle bleu”) saga, co-founder of Blueturn (supplier of the unique Earth images for OneHome, see his TEDx conference) and president of the association Institute for desirable futures.

OneHome launch press release (April 11th 2020).

Mardi 7 octobre 2020. John Allen, le fondateur visionnaire du projet Biosphere2, partage ses rêves à la Terre sur OneHome.

La plupart des astronautes, quand ils ont vu la Terre depuis l'espace, ont été stupéfaits par sa beauté et sont tombés amoureux d'elle. Cette transformation s'appelle l'overview effect ("effet de vue d'ensemble") et a changé leur vie à jamais . Depuis avril 2020, l'ONG OneHome (www.onehome.org) offre la possibilité à tout le monde de faire l'expérience de l'overview effect et de se sentir à la maison sur cette planète.

John Allen, inventeur et investisseur, a conçu et co-fondé en Arizona le projet Biosphere 2 - le premier et de loin le plus grand laboratoire au monde à étudier l’écologie globale. Biosphere 2 - de 1991 à 1993 - a établi des records du monde dans le domaine des systèmes de vie fermés: étanchéité, 100% de recyclage des déchets et durée de résidence humaine dans un système fermé (huit personnes pendant deux ans).

«J'ai toujours été inspiré par la vision de la Terre depuis l'espace, notre vaisseau Terre, pour imaginer Biosphère 2 et tous nos autres projets. Habiter cette planète, comme si nous étions tous des astronautes prenant soin de notre système commun de survie, pourrait changer l'avenir. C'était l'un des principaux objectifs de Biosphere 2. Je suis extrêmement heureux de participer au projet OneHome avec notre ami Jean-Pierre et sa formidable équipe. » a déclaré John Allen.

Pour construire les savoir-faire nécessaires à Biosphere 2, Allen a d'abord imaginé et géré le neuf autres projets à travers le monde, des forêts tropicales aux savanes en passant par le désert, l'océan, la ville... basés sur des biomes durables (biomes: niveau de complexité organisée des systèmes de vie en dessous de la biosphère). 

Il est actuellement président de Global Ecotechnics Corporation, qu'il a cofondé, possède et gère des projets écologiques durables innovants dont il était le concepteur en chef: restauration d'une ferme en Provence, un projet de régénération de savane de 2000 hectares en Australie, une forêt tropicale durable de 400 hectares, projet forestier à Puerto Rico, un lieu mêlant galerie d'arts, théâtre et séminaires à Londes (www.ecotechnics.edu).

John Allen est diplômé en génie métallurgique et minier de la Colorado School of Mines et titulaire d'un MBA de la Harvard Business School. Allen a plus d'une vingtaine de publications à son actif, à moitié scientifiques, le reste en poésie, théâtre, essais, nouvelles. , deux romans et documentaires. Il est le personnage principal du documentaire «SpaceshipEarth» sur Biosphere 2, sorti le 22 avril 2020 à l'occasion du 50e anniversaire du Jour de la Terre (voir www.spaceshipearthmovie.com).

«C'est le plus grand honneur pour OneHome d'accueillir JohnAllen. Quand j'avais treize ans en 1987, j'ai entendu parler de Biosphère 2 pour la première fois. Je suis tout de suite tombé amoureux de cette vision combinant l'intendance planétaire et la science pour comprendre la relation complexe entre l'homme et la biosphère, dans le but d'améliorer notre vie sur Terre et de préparer une exploration plus poussée du cosmos. Ce projet a inspiré toute ma vie et mes choix ultérieurs, j'ai rencontré John Allen et la famille Biosphere 2 en 2009 et ce fut une amitié immédiate. Nous sommes extrêmement fiers de cette coopération et que la vision de John Allen puisse nourrir OneHome. Son texte magique est un héritage pour nous et une inspiration pour tous les humains". a déclaré Jean-Pierre Goux, président et fondateur de OneHome.

Jean-Pierre Goux at Biosphere 2 in Arizona, 1999.
Jean-Pierre Goux at Biosphere 2 in Arizona, 1999.

La musique de cette vidéo «Elegy for a Tempest» a été composée par Mark Yaeger (www.markyaeger.com) avec le soutien de Touché Music (www.touche-music.com) et Nausicart (www.nausicart.org). En tant que compositeur de films et de musique classique résidant à Los Angeles, Mark Yaeger a composé, arrangé, orchestré, joué et produit la musique de plus de 40 films hollywoodiens et indépendants. Il a été en charge d'une grande partie de la composition et de la gestion de projet sur de nombreux films américains et français notables (Pirates des Caraïbes, Gladiator, Le Petit Nicolas, etc.). Mark et ses partenaires travaillent avec l'équipe OneHome depuis le début. Mark a composé la bande originale principale de la plateforme OneHome qui sera révélée début 2021.

Lors de cette première phase de lancement, OneHome propose une expérience unique en diffusant chaque jour une vidéo inspirante des dernières images de la Terre sur ses réseaux sociaux (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube & Vimeo) ainsi que des vidéos inspirantes en vedette avec des artistes, astronautes, philosophes, scientifiques et militants. OneHome pense qu'engager les gens à travers des émotions positives profondes est plus efficace que la peur et qu'une vision collective commune pourrait accélérer la transition écologique.

OneHome web platform - phase 2
Plateforme de la phase 2 de OneHome

A la fin de l'été 2020, l'expérience OneHome s'enrichira d'une plateforme révolutionnaire qui nous permettra d'exprimer collectivement notre amour pour notre planète quels que soient le pays, la nationalité ou les origines à travers des messages vocaux qui tourneront autour de la Terre, appelés «love stars» ». Collectionner et montrer l'amour de l'humanité à notre planète nous rassemblera. Plus de détails sur la deuxième phase seront bientôt publiés ainsi que d'autres collaborations avec des artistes, des astronautes, des scientifiques et des philosophes.

«Cette parenthèse poétique vise à nous reconnecter à la beauté de notre maison commune, la Terre. Une vision partagée nécessaire pour former une nouvelle vision du monde et ensuite construire un nouveau monde. Ces images sont les vôtres, utilisez-les dans les écoles, les événements et avec les décideurs. Nous voulons qu'ils se diffusent dans le monde entier et inspirent les humains à se construire un avenir désirable », ajoute Jean-Pierre Goux.

Texte complet de John Allen

Earth is an extraordinary planet.  A biosphere made its trillion-tonned, fifty-million specied, four-billion-year home here.  It deposited a quadrillion tons of synthesized molecules to improve that home, and it adds ten million more tons of new geological deposits each year, thus greatly altering Earth’s crust by creating rock-destroying roots and hooves, soils, mucks, sedimentary formations like coal and limestone, and liquid oils and natural gases, finally by evolving humans who evolved shore-changing and mountain-leveling technologies.  Ordinarily, planets don’t have biospheres.   This biosphere, unique in our solar system and for much farther beyond, allowed and assisted us to evolve and to create what I now call the ethnosphere, the sphere of cultures that manifest differing aspects of human potential.  The biosphere not only grew and evolved, but humanity evolved and developed these varying interacting cultures. 

I designed Biosphere 2 to sustain a one-hundred-year “human experiment” in order to see how humans deal with relatively long-term life systems, and from that data to lay the basis for genuine noospherics.  

My intentions: to create a decisive beginning of biospheric science and engineering; and to create a living evolving biosphere. My aim, my hope: forBiosphere 2 to become more than a set of operational algorithms; a transforming experience for those involved; for it to become a symbol, metaphor, legomenon, an inspiration to assist cultures, including those that would arise on moons and other planets and those existing now and in the future on Planet Earth, for biospheres and cultures to become co/operating partners to help manifest ever-finer tuned, more delightful complexities and beauties. 

At the conference initiating the Biosphere 2 project, astronaut Rusty Schweickart recalled his spacewalk during the Apollo 9 flight when he looked on the Earth, miles below:  “On that small blue and white planet below is everything that means anything to y ou; all of history and music and poetry and art, death and birth, love, tears, joy, games… all on that tittle sport in the cosmos. National boundaries and human artifacts no longer seem real.  Only the biosphere, whole and home of life” My full dream: Earth’s biosphere will flourish with humanity as its star performer; the technosphere will support the biosphere as its fragile, unique base from which to intellectually and physically explore the universe; the ethnosphere’s cultures will unite to stop destruction of magnificent age-old biospheric systems for evanescent exploiters to squander on conspicuously idiotic consumption. 

Above all, I want present-day and future humans to know what Biosphere 2 existed, worked and was loved by me, my friends, colleagues and those millions of people who came into contact with it.  Humans have the power to create new biospheres as well as to restore what has been ruthlessly plundered in Biosphere I. 

Biosphere2 taught us much about how to build even better biospheres.  As Goethe said,  “Our friends show us what we can accomplish; our enemies show us what we must do” I will continue to watch and participate in the ongoing history of Biosphere 2and its successors.  Let this history enlighten whoever it may.

(extraits de
Me and the Biospheres).

A propos de OneHome 

OneHome est une initiative à but non lucratif visant à reconnecter les humains à la Terre, en utilisant la beauté et les merveilles de notre planète depuis l'espace comme des astronautes. A partir de la prise de conscience résultant de cette expérience d'effet de vue d'ensemble, OneHome souhaite déclencher un sentiment d'appartenance, un «sentiment de chez soi», et conduire à un changement de comportement individuel et collectif.

OneHome est un projet collectif mené avec des artistes, des astronautes, des designers et des experts. Le projet est soutenu par un comité consultatif de personnalités de premier plan de l'écologie, du secteur spatial et de l'intendance planétaire. Elle est fondée par Jean-Pierre Goux, ancien chercheur en mathématiques, entrepreneur dans le secteur de l'énergie et de l'environnement, auteur de la saga Siècle bleu, co-fondateur de Blueturn (fournisseur des images uniques de la Terre pour OneHome, voir sa conférence TEDx) et président de l'association Institut des futurs souhaitables.

Communiqué de presse de lancement de OneHome (11 avril 2020).

Contact OneHome

Jean-Pierre Goux
Fondateur & Président
jpgoux@onehome.org