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The Man Who Planted Trees

Jean Giono |
Thursday, 5th April 2012

The Man Who Planted Trees tells the story of a solitary shepherd who patiently plants and nurtures a forest of thousands of trees, single-handedly transforming his arid surroundings into a thriving oasis. Undeterred by two World Wars, and without any thought of personal reward, the shepherd tirelessly sows his seeds and acorns with the greatest care. As if by magic, a landscape that seemed condemned grows green again.

This is a film of great beauty and hope, a remarkable parable for all ages and an inspiring testament to the power of one person. It is a 'story of our time', showing us all the potential we all have to transform the world around us.

Story by Jean Geono, 1953
Frédéric Back' s animation, 1987
Société Radio-Canada 

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Lina Cuartas |
Monday, April 9, 2012 - 2:59pm

I LOVED THIS SIMPLE, YET POWERFUL PARABLE OF THE POWER OF THE INDIVIDUAL TO EFFECT CHANGE, ONE SIMPLE TASK AT A TIME...

Steve Hanson |
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 12:56pm

I found this story very moving and inspiring, I even considered using it on our permaculture courses. Then I did some research to see how much difference it had truly made to the area of France it claims, my research found this is just a story not an account of a true event. The writer hoped to inspire the people of the region to do as the shepherd had done to regenerate the now devastated area which is still one of the least inhabited regions of France due to the deforestation and overgrazing. Sometimes it takes more than a story we need real hero’s to plant real trees.

Should we try to make our world a better place by planting trees? Undoubtedly we should and there are many people around the world who are trying to do just that. These efforts are some of the most effective things being done in the world today. My wife and I will have planted over a thousand trees before the end of this year and more than a hundred of those will be fruit or nut trees, stories are great for inspiration but you can’t eat a story.

Be the change you want to see and write your own story.

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