The Illusion of Progress

Thanks to the success of The Man Who Planted Trees and The Mighty River, Frédéric Back's pleas on behalf of the forests and the St. Lawrence River are now well known. But as a citizen and artist, he also became involved with numerous other causes, such as the fight against high-intensity farming, urban and industrial pollutants, sport hunting, pesticides and overfishing. These "injustices" as he calls them are all interlinked, each the result of a limited understanding of Nature. We only take, giving nothing in return. Current environmental thinking now confirms – as many peoples have shown in the past – that a mutual exchange with our Earth is crucial to a sustainable environmental balance. Yet humans today persist in maintaining a one-way relationship, dominating and exploiting the world around them.