A husband-wife team works to heal their land -- and finds healing for themselves, too.
In 1994, famous Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado returned to Brazil after a grueling job reporting on the genocide in Rwanda. He was keen to return to the childhood land he was taking over for his family — land that had provided him with many happy childhood memories, rich forests that offered an escape from the harsh realities he had witnessed in Africa.
To his horror, however, he arrived back to barren land, bereft of the lush green trees and shrubs and the rich variety of wildlife that used to everywhere — thanks to deforestation.
“The land was as sick as I was – everything was destroyed,” Salgado explained to a group of religious leaders during a summit on climate change in Paris over three years ago. In fact the photographer estimated that only 0.5% of the land was covered in trees when he returned.