In the name of the tree

by Sylvain Tesson, Cyril Drouhet, Jacques Rocher

Albin Michel, 224 p., € 39

It is the story of an unequal fight between two peoples. “The first move, the second hold a position. The first have an ax, the second are naked ”, describes Sylvain Tesson. Since the first industrial revolution, the people of men face that of trees, says the writer-traveler in a poetic introduction. The trees are falling as “Man extends his shadow over the surface of his little globe”. Each year, 13 million hectares of forest – the equivalent of Portugal – disappear, threatening the viability of the Earth.

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The observation is harsh but there is no inevitability, the very beautiful photographic book promises us. In the name of the trees, car “The people of the planters” is growing all over the world. This bilingual book (French / English) tells in images the story of these women and men committed to life, through the concrete project of the Yves Rocher Foundation to plant 100 million trees.

Planting a tree, a sign of resistance

The president of the foundation, Jacques Rocher, espoused this cause a long time ago. He recounts in a few lines his first memories in the Breton forest. But it quickly fades to leave all the room for the poetry of the work of nine photographers who have gone to meet the guardians of the trees, in nine different countries.

In Ethiopia, a very poor country where economic growth has nevertheless become exponential thanks to the projects financed by China, planting a tree is an act of resistance. Residents reforest the hills, mountains and the thirsty land becomes fertile again. In India, in France in Mexico in Portugal, in Togo… Young shoots are pampered, venerated, like an invaluable heritage for future generations with a message to be transmitted: “It is the tree that makes the earth. “

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