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GoodPlanet Foundation

February 18, 2018

The foundation GoodPlanet opened in 2005 at the Domaine de Longchamp, Paris: this is a huge place lost in the woods where everybody can enjoy a pretty garden, with a lot of work of art.

We visited this foundation a few months ago and were completely moved by this huge testimony of mankind.

“When you enter the foundation, you feel like you’re in a private mansion” Kim said.

Trees as far as the eye can see which hide a huge and bushy forest, white gravel path, and at the end, a beautiful white castle few stairs. Next to the house, a little café, a clearing and at high tower; still another way to be dive in Middle Age. In a word, this area is a true paradise : the architecture and the garden are splendid. And for good reasons, this castle was the house of  Hausmann few centuries ago.

The owner of the place: Yann Arthus Bertrand, a famous ecologist and French reporter who decided to devote his life to ecology and humanism. All his life he has traveled all around the world, with his camera to film the Earth seen from the sky for example. Moreover, he is interested in gardening, animal treatment, recycling, music (a place is dedicated to the musical instruments of the world) and meditation.

In 2005, he decided to dedicate this place to his work as ecologist, reporter and humanist: the entrance is free, you give what you want to help the foundation.Thanks to the creation of the foundation, Bertrand could materialize his project and make them known to everyone.

The aim of the foundation is to raise awareness of  how the humans destroy the Earth and how we can fix it by being more responsible and sensitive to the ecologist action.

Indeed, inside the foundation, you can see some worrying statistics about the education in the world, deforestation, women cause, dictatorship, access to drinkable water and so on.

Recently, he exposed his “behind the scenes” or cut scenes of his recent movie HUMANa movie that you can watch freely on Youtube.

HUMAN is a documentary which deals with people’s lives from every place in the world. Journalists traveled more than 2 years to collect testimonies from women, men, but also mothers, children, criminals, taxi drivers etc. They are talking about their life experience and touchy subjects such as homophobia, poverty, women conditions, global warming, war… Everybody is interviewed against a black backdrop so everybody is on an equal footing; the only thing that we know about people are their name, age and nationality.

The aim of this project is to show the diversity of the world, cultures, religions, people, by talking about environment, justice, science and also agriculture. 

(Here is a link to see a short interview about Yann Arthus Betrand’s project : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlOz0Eh4f2Y&t=323s)

A construction was created to illustrate this huge testimony : the Bing Bang is made of pieces of wood to symbolically represent the diversity of the population.

This piece of wood, made by Étienne KRÄHENBÜHL is also a musical instrument. People can touch it, shake it, compress it in order to make this piece of art breathe. The suspencion enlarges itself, shrinks itself to create everytime a different sound, a different melody.

Jeanne and Kimberley

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