Help for the rivers and oceans

In 1970, disgusted by "the disappearance of water-the-creator, and the shocking way in which humans are polluting the entire world," Frédéric Back made a promise to himself that he would, from that moment on, denounce the squandering and poisoning he saw all around him. In Quebec, with Gilles Vigneault and the Société pour vaincre la pollution (which became in English the Society to Overcome Pollution, or STOP), he opposed the James Bay Project. He then took a stand in defence of the beluga whales wrongly accused of causing the decline of the cod stocks, and joined a whale-adoption program to fund research on belugas affected by pollutants. Antarès, the beluga he adopted with his colleagues at Radio-Canada, would die two years later of liver cancer.

In 1988, the message of The Man Who Planted Trees was enjoying unimagined success, and this motivated Frédéric Back to dive back into his sea of drawings. Five years later, he emerged with The Mighty River, a film tracing the history of the St. Lawrence, "to highlight its magnificence as well as the insane overuse of which it is the victim." The film is both a distress call and a message of hope. "The drama of water is universal", and each of us has the power to stop the waste and take concrete action to bring these providential waters back to life.