You can help make a difference this Earth Day by supporting Health in Harmony, an international non-profit dedicated to reversing rainforest deforestation to halt global warming and support local communities. Abbeville Press, in partnership with author Beth Moon and Health in Harmony, will donate a portion of the proceeds from signed copies of Baobab purchased through Earth Day, April 22nd.
Baobab is a collection of stunning—and at times devastating—portraits of Africa’s renown “tree of life” from noted photographer Beth Moon (Ancient Trees). And these ancient giants earn that name, as they provide a renewable source of food, fiber, and fuel, as well as a focus of spiritual life. The oldest baobabs have been carbon-dated to be more than 2,000 years old, but now the largest trees are dying off. Their massive, water-storing trunks have been dehydrated by drought and higher temperatures—they literally collapse under their own weight, the splintered wreckage spanning the length of a football field.
Moon’s photos take us on a journey to document these endangered natural wonders, from Madagascar to Botswana, South Africa, and Senegal. In this oversize volume, she presents breathtaking new duotone tree portraits alongside a moving diaristic text studded with color travel photos. Baobab also includes an essay by Adrian Patrut, leader of a research team that has studied Africa's largest baobabs and alerted the world to the threat these majestic trees are facing.
Health in Harmony (HIH) was founded in 2007 by Dr. Kinari Webb, in response to the devastation she saw in the rainforests of Borneo, Indonesia. The HIH model recognizes the inextricable link between human and environmental health by focusing on the nexus between healthcare and protection of natural resources using our unique “Radical Listening” approach. “Radical Listening” involves local communities in designing and sustaining solutions, which honors and incorporates collective community knowledge, as well as building trust and improving likelihood of future success. HIH is currently on the ground in Madagascar supporting coastal villages that were destroyed by Cyclones Batsirai and Emnati in February 2022, further hardship on a region that has been documented as experiencing the first famine caused solely by climate change. Our forests are essential to our survival, and we need solutions that address the root causes of tropical forest degradation and support historically marginalized communities on the frontlines of climate change.