To save the forests

In the 1950s, Frédéric Back's paintings show the ravages in Québec. Twenty years later, alarmed by the increasing pace of deforestation, he becomes directly involved working against this assault, joining reforestation campaigns along roads and rivers with the Société pour Vaincre la Pollution (SVP). At the same time, he begins to replant his own land, the Huberdeau farm, with oak, beech, mountain ash, tamarack, walnut, maple, pine, spruce and other species. Within 30 years, he will have planted more than 30,000 trees, healing the landscape and encouraging the return of wild animals and migrating birds. In 1982, he wins the Oscar for his animated film Crac! and is encouraged to keep using his pencil in the struggle to save the trees. For five years, he puts everything he has into making The Man Who Planted Trees, based on the Jean Giono novella. The film's success and the reach of the message are beyond anything he could have hoped. From France to Kenya, Japan to Canada, people are beginning to take action within their own communities and millions of trees are planted.