Many of you go green for the summer holidays, surrounded by countryside. I give you plenty of green throughout the year with my blog posts, photos, and fields of tea undulating gently to the horizon. But at this time of year, when we like a change of scenery, I’m offering you blue instead of green, and I’m taking you to the shores of my favourite lake, Inle (Myanmar). I wish you very happy holidays!
Due to the harvesting of its leaves, a tea plant does not get bigger; instead its trunk thickens. So a tea field looks more like a bonsai forest. But left unchecked, Camellia Sinensis and Camellia Assamica can grow to a height of several metres. Here is Rudra Sharma, the planter at Poobong in India, in front of one of his wild tea plants.
On a visit to a Buddhist monastery, I came across this monk sipping a fizzy drink, his back turned on a store of gas bottles. It made me think of the state of the world. We live as if there is no danger, as if it is possible to draw infinitely on the resources of our planet; we let water flow away, we pollute shamelessly, we don’t care about the rubbish contaminating our oceans… We are leaving future generations to deal with the consequences of our actions without considering the risk that one day, our poor, overpopulated, dried out, lifeless planet will explode in our faces.