There is still time to “repair what we have destroyed of this nature,” according to Nicholas Vanier

Nature was the common thread in my life. As a child, I would walk around behind my grandfather’s shoes, listening to him tell me about trees, deer, and wooden pigeons. I helped him with the farm work, and we went together to look in a tree at the edge of the plain to watch the animals at nightfall.

From the forests of my birthplace, to the rocky snow-capped mountaintops, to the heart of the northern forest, in the Siberian taiga or even at the water’s edge on Lake Baikal, I have never stopped, since then, fascinated by the wonders of nature. I lived my best feelings there and devoted my whole life to it.

In the footsteps of Saint-Exupéry

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As soon as I graduated from an agricultural high school, I negotiated the rest of my studies and then organized my entire existence to stay faithful to a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry “Make your life a dream and a dream a reality.” A commandment I have respected for forty years, I have been pursuing my dreams.

Forty years of exploration

Climb the Rocky Mountains from south to north for eighteen months, cross Alaska by canoe into the Bering Strait, then venture on a two-year expedition to Siberia. Lapland, the Carpathians, the Kola Peninsula, Manchuria, Canada again, from west to east … In all these highland countries I traveled about 60,000 kilometers on snow or on frozen rivers with my sled dog. In the summer, wild margins crossed on horseback, reindeer, canoe, or even on rafts. Only this slowness, peculiar to natural means of transport, makes it possible to understand and respect these lands.

live in nature

I’ve lived with Indians, Inuit, and nomadic reindeer herders, and I’ve touched with them what is most important to me: this ability to live in and with nature. A semi-love relationship based on reciprocity, where each individual takes their share and returns it, which helps maintain balance.

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This is the life in harmony with nature that I wanted to show in some of my films like “The Last Trapper” or “Wolf”. Montrer comment aujourd’hui des hommes savent encore vivre dans une certaine “sobriété heureuse” – pour reprendre le titre d’un livre du regretté Pierre Rabhi –, des hommes qui peuvent nous réapprendre à conjugule verb pêtô un e peu owns.

“This social project no longer exists”

Because in this desperate flight of growth, we have lost our bearings and sowed so much misery, and caused enormous damage, some of it irreparable as the disappearance of masses of species and, on a larger scale, the dramatic decline in the mass of biodiversity.

“We can no longer thrive on the illusion of endless growth. This is what the latest IPCC report indicates, like previous reports, once again, this sheer urgency to respond to limit the dire consequences of climate change.”

It is impossible to ignore that all lights are red. The noose is narrowing: With the war on our doorstep, the threat of epidemics, weather events and biodiversity collapse, our vulnerability and dependence on energy, minerals, raw materials and food forces us to reduce our needs and replace the dictates of endless growth with another idea of ​​progress, no longer linked only to GDP, but includes other indicators Such as well-being, social cohesion and participation. These very values ​​are those I have learned and understood from those people who still live in nature but today are unfairly the first to be influenced by “Western” ways of life.

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Before us are two scenarios: either we remain under the illusion that we will be able to continue in this reckless rush by always producing and even more in order to have more, despite the limits of the planets, or we finally plan to adopt a way of living compatible with reality: it requires us to rethink our behavior In order to preserve the viability of the planet for our children and grandchildren.

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It’s an enormous challenge, because we live in a world under the influence, doped with fossil fuels, but solutions exist and the adventure promises to be exciting provided we are reactive and able to put all our energy, genius, and creativity into fixing what we’ve destroyed of this nature. Let us remember again, that it does not belong to anyone, and we must ensure that its resources are equitably available to all living things on Earth now, here, there and tomorrow. This would undoubtedly be the only way to avoid conflicts and hope for the preservation of peace. Choose to act now in our lands to live a better tomorrow or suffer tomorrow from our inaction in a world that has become so menacing and dangerous.

So what are we waiting for?

straight ahead !

Nicholas Vannier’s latest movie “Champagne! It will be released in theaters on June 8.

looking for tomorrow

Faced with the scale of the challenges we have to face, between the environmental crisis, social inequality and democratic tensions, it is more urgent than ever to look beyond what divides us to highlight what can bring us together. If inevitable changes in our ways of producing, consuming, living and living together inevitably shake our personal convictions and beliefs, they can also unite us around common interests. On a daily basis, French men and women from all walks of life and from all walks of life are overcoming divisions and already working side by side to meet the social and environmental challenges of our lands. Citizens, local authorities and economic players engage, experiment and implement solutions together to chart a common goal: a world of tomorrow that can be more harmonious with nature, more sustainable, more just and perhaps more general. These initiatives, these collaborations must be able to grow and spread. This is the reason for the group titles France center linked to spark news and 43 titles from the regional press to highlight those who are trying to bring out the world of tomorrow in our lands.

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