Photothèque Veolia - Jean Marie Ramès

The Environment Book Prize - winners

The Environment Book Prize jury unveiled the 2014 winners. This year, the focus was on the originality and educational nature of the books in the running.

Organized every year by the Veolia Foundation since 2006, the Environment Book Prize (French) is the only literary prize specializing in books covering the major environmental issues. Chaired by Roselyne Bachelot, a former French Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the jury announced the winners on November 8 in Brive, at the Book Fair.

The Environment Book Prize was awarded to Les Abeilles et la Vie, by Didier Van Cauwelaert and published by Michel Lafon. A captivating advocacy for bees, illustrated with photographs by Jean-Claude Teyssier, it plunges us into the mysterious world of a species that is essential to human survival. A real enthusiast, author Didier Van Cauwelaert "invites us to understand bee society and discover the fascinating organization within the hive and the elaborate codes that govern it, reflecting on the place they have in various places in the world in terms of the needs of our own societies.”

The “Youth” prize was awarded to Elisabeth Combres for Les fleuves autour du Monde, published by Gallimard Jeunesse. This children's book author takes us on a journey "navigating" the 22 largest rivers on the five continents (the Mississippi, Ganges, Mekong, Rhine, etc.). It is an educational book, which will help children and adults alike understand not only the natural environment through which these mythical rivers pass but also the critical role they have played in the development of civilizations.

Learn more :

- Environment Book Prize (French)

Main picture: Photothèque Veolia - Jean Marie Ramès

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