Presented during COP 25, “Energy Observer, the Messengers of our Planet” retraces both the human adventure and technological challenges that Energy Observer faced during her navigation from St. Petersburg to Spitsbergen in energy autonomy, and the crossroads with communities committed to preserving biodiversity around the world.
For the first time in history, a vessel powered solely by renewable energies and hydrogen has reached the epicenter of climate change in the Arctic. A challenge that is equal to the greatest challenge of our time: the environment.
As an echo of this journey, the documentary takes us alongside four communities that are experimenting with solutions to protect biodiversity, develop sustainable agriculture, implement new forms of circular economy and relearn how to live better in symbiosis with natural ecosystems.
Through the voices and faces of Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse, but also those they will meet throughout their journeys, the film tells the story of two journeys that intertwine to finally form a unique epic, inspiring and full of hope. Because the great explorers of yesterday were seeking to push the limits of our planet, today’s explorers simply want to save it and share solutions.
« After years of observing our world, especially underwater, I decided to take action. To no longer be a spectator, but an actor. And I am committed to sharing as much as possible this energy, this desire to get involved, to get involved, to participate. » Jérôme Delafosse, Expedition leader and Film Director
Beyond the technological challenge, it is for Energy Observer the opportunity to address the major challenges facing humanity today, and to meet these pioneers who are committed to a just and united ecological transition.
A political message of hope, the documentary is addressed to everyone, to the decision-maker as well as to the citizen. It questions our ability and our individual and collective willingness to engage in the fight against global warming, while time is running out.
“Humanity faces an immense challenge, the greatest rescue operation in its history: that of our planet. “ Victorien Erussard, Chairman, founder and captain of Energy Observer
As the first French ambassador for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Energy Observer’s mission is also to widely disseminate this message during COP 25 and at a time when some countries are questioning their adherence to the objectives set by the Paris Agreement.
” If we have decided to launch Energy Observer, it is above all a civic act. In these troubled times, we want to provide answers to lost hopes, give courage to those who are getting impatient and send a strong political message. Our civilization is going through a key period and our next choices will have a definite impact on the next millennia. So we have to act quickly. And stay positive. Thousands of women and men are involved on a daily basis around the world to show that another future is possible. The crew of Energy Observer, the first vessel powered by hydrogen and renewable energies, has also chosen to join act. To show that less polluting maritime transport is possible. And that a 100% eco-friendly boat can go where no one expects it: in the Arctic, on Spitsbergen Island, at the Climate Change Ground Zero. It is the story of this historical challenge that we want to tell you.” Jérôme Delafosse, Expedition leader and Film Director
Since 2017, CANAL+ has been working with Victorien Erussard and Jérôme Delafosse, the initiators of the Energy Observer project. In 2018, the PLANÈTE+ channel devoted 8 52-minute episodes to the first steps of this incredible human, technological and ecological adventure. This 90-minute documentary in prime time, broadcast exceptionally during COP25, is perfectly in line with the channel’s editorial line and its projects initiated with Energy Observer.
A 90-minute CANAL+ documentary creation produced by Energy Observer Productions and Upside Television directed by Jérôme Delafosse.