Base Camp 1000 days for the planet, presented by Radio-Canada
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Sophie Tessier

Sophie Tessier

Sophie Tessier
Sophie is back © Photo: Olivier Lamarre/Glacialis Productions

You discovered your passion for nature early in your life?

Yes, nature has always fascinated me and I’ve always wanted to talk about it and get other people excited about it. That’s why I studied biology at the Université de Montréal, where I specialized in ecology. Then, I got a certificate in environmental science from UQAM, where I took a short program in environmental education. This led me to work as a nature guide for various organizations and boosted my communication skills.

What other meaningful experiences in nature have you had?

When I was 20 years old, a friend and I (almost) biked all the way across Canada. Ecology, for me, is a genuine commitment, so the two of us left Montréal, completely independent, and we made it all the way to Vancouver on our bikes. It was quite an experience, but the cause was worthwhile!

What do you enjoy the most in your work as a communicator?

I love sharing my experiences and the knowledge I’ve gained. At Mont-Laurier, I taught college-level classes as part of the Protection and Exploitation of Animal Territories program. I believe that when we get to know nature better, we love it more and we want to help other people appreciate it. That’s why I participated in radio and TV shows and newspaper articles. I wanted to popularize scientific notions that sometimes seem difficult to understand, but actually just need to be explained in a simple and intelligent way to make them accessible to everybody.

You’ve even been a falconer?

Yes, as part of my work as an animal control officer. I worked on a landfill site and I used trained birds of prey.

You are now a Space for Life project manager. What does the 1000 Days mission mean to you?

Being part of the Sedna IV crew for a year is the adventure of a lifetime! It combines my passion for travel and adventure with my passion for ecology and popular science. It’s an experience that puts me directly in touch with our planet’s biodiversity, moment to moment, that I can share with people immediately. For a communicator like me, it’s an extraordinary opportunity!