Globaïa is a non-profit NGO dedicated to fostering planetary awareness, by promoting a science-based, transdisciplinary and unified understanding on the great socioecological issues of our time.
Merging art and science, we create and broadcast new ways to visualize and envision our interconnected world and the ever evolving relationship between human societies, living environments, planet Earth and beyond.
We set to achieve our mission through the exploration of three core themes:
Our primary goals are:
To create and broadcast accessible and appealing works, merging scientific syntheses and visual arts, to raise awareness about our globalized world and about the critical planetary challenges of our time.
To collaborate with social actors of all disciplinary and geographical horizons who share the same ideals and values, to contribute to the awakening of a planetary awareness.
To be a positive agent of change by promoting citizen involvement, adaptation to global change and adoption of sustainable, fair and democratic lifestyles.
To harvest and mobilize the potential of the arts to support a scientific and humanistic culture for all.
Big History is an academic discipline born in 1990 which examines history in its broadest sense, from the Big Bang to present day. It thus covers thirteen billion eight hundred million years of embedded phenomena that it tries to understand in a unified framework, gathering the overlapping stories of the Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity into one coherent and continuous narrative.
Based on the many branches of physical and human sciences, Big History explores human existence as an inclusive, collective and unfolding endeavor. It is the story of our common origins, whatever our cultural, religious or linguistic identities or backgrounds.
GLOBAÏA is a partner of the Big History Institute, located at the Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia.
Life on Earth is unique in the titanic Cosmos. It can exist only under very specific conditions, which are fundamentally associated to our planet. Over the ages, life has co-evolved with the elements that make our living world: the presence of water and air, climate, tectonics, biodiversity. Together, this mosaic forms the Ecosphere, that is the sphere in which life on Earth can exist.
By creating content related to the Ecosphere and its habitability, GLOBAÏA aims at providing a truly planetary general knowledge in order to pave the way for the emergence of a sense of belonging to our rich and biodiverse world. If we manage to inform about the beauty and fragility of the world — and move people in doing so — we will help create a global identity, a planetary citizenship and a visionary consciousness.
Recently in the history of the Earth, technologically-advanced societies have radically transformed the cycles and metabolism of our world through their restless industrial activities. The new epoch it created, now dominated by humanity, is called the Anthropocene. Not only is the Anthropocene a shift in our planet's evolution, it is also a conceptual leap in the manner by which natural and cultural histories are mixed, imagined and told.
People's awareness about the current evolution of planet Earth goes beyond being informed citizens. Awareness is closely connected with cultural background and one's worldview. As such, it is a crucial leverage point that, if influenced and nurtured, can deeply transform institutions and technologies. We have established a reputation of excellence in creating visually stunning and intricately detailed visions of our home planet. We strongly believe that we must, collectively, re-imagine our place in the Cosmos as we've come to know it in order to change how we behave in it.
Linguistic Diversity. Each point represents a unique language spoken on Earth.
Forest Loss. Red areas show forest loss between 2000 and 2012 (here in Indonesia).
Bottom of the Ocean. These are the abyssal plains, the least explored places of our planet.
Water and Air. These are the quantities of water and air available compared to the size of our planet.
Globalized World. A representation of the global transporation system showing air routes, shipping lanes and roads.
We have established a reputation of excellence in creating visually stunning and intricately detailed visions of our home planet. Since 2012, GLOBAÏA's imagery and geovisualizations were presented around the world, in print media, museums and high-level events.
The film Welcome to the Anthropocene was presented by Ban Ki-moon at the opening Rio+20 summit, the largest UN meeting to date. The film Climate Change | The State of the Science is used by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to communicate this issue to a wide audience. Our images make the cover of 3 National Geographic atlases.
We continue our exploration of three themes that are sure to make us busy for decades to come.
Many partnerships have been established over the years, notably with Future Earth, an international hub to coordinate new, interdisciplinary approaches to research on three themes: Dynamic Planet, Global Sustainable Development and Transformations towards Sustainability. GLOBAÏA is co-founder of the Media Lab Future Earth, a satellite agency of Future Earth dedicated to make research accessible to a general audience and decision makers.
Who are we, Humans? Beyond our differences, where do we all come from? In what profound ways are we bound to each others? To our planet? To the stars? How can we enhance, enrich and engage our cosmovisions? How can we become a wiser species? A foreseeing and global-thinking planetary entity? What is the course of actions to preserve and nurture Earth's prodigious diversity and synergies?
There are a few of the questions that we want to explore.
Join us in this journey.
Through collaborative and creative partnerships, let us better understand and safeguard this scintillating biosphere as a long-lasting sanctuary for all life and cultures.