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Death of Pierre Rabhi, writer and figure of ecology


Author in particular of Towards happy sobriety, sold more than 460,000 copies, this activist of the environmental cause died of a cerebral hemorrhage, announced his son Vianney.

This pioneer of neoruralism settled in 1961 on a farm in the south of France.

Born in 1938 at the gates of the Algerian Sahara, Pierre Rabhi became one of the pioneers of agroecology – an agricultural practice aimed at regenerating the natural environment by excluding pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

He applied this method in the 1980s in sub-Saharan Africa, where he made many trips.

Admired by several personalities

In him, the Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard saw a brother of conscience. And he was admired by personalities as diverse as the actress Marion Cotillard and the former Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot.

His countless works have each time met with undeniable success. With Cyril Dion – the author of the successful activist documentary tomorrow – he co-founded the citizen movement of Hummingbirds, which calls for local actions, such as shared gardens, educational farms and short supply circuits.

Sometimes presented as a technician, he was interested in the interiority of people. It touched many people.

A quote from Vianney rabhi

Presidential candidate

Reference in the ecologist and alterglobalist seraglio, the one who was the friend of Thomas Sankara, the father of the Burkinabè revolution, or the legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin, had some media exposure in 2002, during a short-lived presidential candidacy, for introduce ecological and human urgency into the debate.

Father of five children, he then divided his time between interviews, animation of his foundations, conferences and writing of books.

Great admirer of Socrates, he said that each human being must try to know himself in order to change himself positively.

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