You may not have realized it, but 2011 is the International Year of the Forest. We've discussed the threat of deforestation plenty on TreeHugger, but rarely do we find our points so well made, and accompanied by such a beautiful background, as in this film from Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Edward Norton narrates Of Forests and Men, the official film for the International Year of Forests that will make you want to get leave the computer and go save a tree yourself.
Arthus-Bertrand, the French photographer and filmmaker who made Home, a film of aerial photography, and Norton who loves the High Line and hates shark finning, make a dynamic duo. The film, about seven minutes long, lays out facts and statistics that come down to this: We and many other species depend on forests for survival. Yet we are destroying them at unprecedented and unsustainable levels. Nonetheless, there is hope.
This thesis is driven home by Arthus-Bertrand astounding shots of forests around the globe. See for yourself:
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