March 7, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) In a rare act borne out of the increasingly urgent need for human and societal change, major French publisher Actes Sud is releasing a groundbreaking series of books in English in the U.S. and Canada.
On the heels of the 2016 César-winning documentary Tomorrow (Demain) written and directed by French notables Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds)-which The New York Times called "infectious", and Variety touted as"incisive, and surprisingly instructive"-Actes Sud has translated the accompanying books into English, bringing a granular, hope-inspiring view of each of the film's topics to the English-speaking world.
Known collectively as "The Tomorrow Books", these four works demonstrate a trailblazing approach to solving the knotted ecological, economic and social issues we face in the 21st century.
Across the series, their rallying cry reads:
"The profound crisis affecting our societies is crystal clear. Ecological disturbances, social exclusion, the rampant exploitation of natural resources, the frenetic and dehumanizing quest for profit and widening of inequalities lie at the heart of our contemporary problems.
Nevertheless, men and women everywhere are coming together around innovative and original projects with a view to opening up new prospects for the future. There are solutions. Novel proposals are being made all over the planet, often on a small scale, but always with the aim of bringing about real change in our societies."
The books capture the essence of the film that has changed hearts and minds, showing optimism through community, and the power of achievable, grass-roots acts to turn cynicism into admiration and finally into inspiration.
In Vandana Shiva: Creative Civil Disobedience, acclaimed French author and journalist Lionel Astruc interviews Shiva about the origins of her epic fight against multinational seed corporations and how each of us can become that "little nobody" who can reverse current trends.
The Transition Starts Here, Now and Together follows Transition Movement founder Rob Hopkins on his journey to transforming cities into models for engaging people and communities against the effects of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected. Today the Transition Movement encompasses 1,200 cities in 47 countries, including 167 locations in the United States.
In The Power of Restraint, beloved Franco-Algerian poet and environmentalist Pierre Rabhi argues that it's time to recognize that our affluent societies have more than enough to meet their essential material needs, and that the logical response is to embrace, individually and collectively, the power of restraint. He offers a form of simplicity and gratitude which gives meaning to existence.
It all began when French writer and activist Cyril Dion learned about a joint Berkeley-Stanford study forecasting the extinction of a large part of humanity by the year 2100, and did something about it, resulting in the documentary Tomorrow. The book Tomorrow- the first in the series, published in 2017-arising from the documentary, echoes its message and the spirit of this collection: Men and women everywhere are coming together around innovative and original projects with a view to opening up new prospects for the future. There are solutions. Novel proposals are being made all over the planet, often on a small scale, but always with the aim of bringing about real change in our societies.
More information about each book and author is available on the attached overviews.
Praise for the Tomorrow series:
Of The Power of Restraint, "Pierre is one of my idols. His books have guided me for years. In him, I've discovered a man who gives full meaning to the word 'generosity,' a farmer, a moving poet." -Marion Cotillard, actrice (Inception, La Vie en Rose), activist
Of Vandana Shiva: Creative Civil Disobedience, "An inspiring book." -Elle
Of The Transition Starts Here, Now and Together, "Hopkins is leading by example – within reason. His approach is practical." -The Guardian
Of Tomorrow, "Worried about a sustainable tomorrow? There's hope." -The New York Times
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