The Man Who Planted Trees

Someone has uploaded this incredible animated short film to YouTube (3 parts) which I'm embedding below. It's about 30min in length and I highly recommend it. Bob Anderson and I are using the film as part of our new environmental communication course at SFU ("CMNS 388: Environment, Media and Communication"). It's a beautiful film that won an Academy Award and has been translated into several languages.

Apart from its ground breaking animation (a painstaking art form requiring the same patience and commitment that is the subject of the story itself) the story, while originally "fiction," is still "real" as an expression of the human spirit and it has inspired countless real life tree planters, people who have restored environments and made new environments that can support diverse ecological communities.

Despite the long odds we face in building a sustainable society, this story is a reminder that the human spirit is capable of very beautiful things.