Only two weeks to go before the big departure from Fécamp for South America. The crew and the scientific teams are getting ready somewhat feverishly and I’m being asked from all sides – not only by journalists – what on earth there could still be left to discover on this planet in this rather blasé 21st century. But anyway, it sounds like a great adventure, they say. It seems to have been forgotten that our mission this time is about sustainable development, biodiversity, global warming and other such issues … As far as I’m concerned, this definitely includes an element of exploration as well as adventure. But in order to clarify this question, here is an article I wrote three years ago for the magazine “Grands Reportages”; I feel that it is just as pertinent today.