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A Toy Love Story That Will Make You Cry

26 January 2015

In the age of information and constant communication we do not own our own attention. Headlines, feeds and notifications become the stories we read and inevitably they become the stories we tell.

A Toy Love Story That Will Make You Cry is an emotional reminder of the beauty and simplicity of a good story.

Its simplicity magnifies its meaning. Beautiful.


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Nature Is Speaking – Robert Redford is The Redwood | Conservation International (CI)

12 January 2015

“All of a sudden there were humans and all hell broke loose. They started using the planet like it was put there just for them.”

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11 November 2014

Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at the Plaza Athénée has just re-opened. The Chef tells a more personal and radical story, following a path he initiated twenty-five years ago. He introduces a cuisine of naturality, that revolves around three key elements: fish, vegetables and cereals. A healthier, more sustainable and environmentally-conscious approach.

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Nature Is Speaking – Penélope Cruz is Water | Conservation International (CI)

20 October 2014

Water is literally the lifeblood of this planet. It has been used and recycled for hundreds of millions, if not billions years. It is sacred. There are some humans that take it for granted.

Do you buy bottled water at ten thousand times the cost? What will your life be like when we wage wars over water? What, or whom, will you give up for water?

Nature is speaking, and we can hear her loud and clear. But we do not listen.


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Nature Is Speaking – Julia Roberts is Mother Nature | Conservation International (CI)

13 October 2014

“I don’t really need people, but people need me.” – Julia Roberts is Mother Nature

“When I thrive you thrive. When I falter you falter.” Nature is speaking, and we can hear her loud and clear. But we do not listen.

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Without The Amazon The World Will Not Breathe

8 October 2014

Oil drilling in the Amazon rainforest may be spun as a story of building wealth for the Ecuadorian people; lifting them out of poverty into the western comforts that oil money can buy the Ecuadorian government.

Human Rights vs Economy

The reality is that the oil companies are incredibly skilled at convincing the profit hungry (and the blithely ignorant) to support their claim. Oil drilling in the Amazon will affect the livelihood of the Ecuadorian people, and eventually the whole world. As the Ecuadorian people say, “You cannot justify human rights abuses with economical arguments.”

Trading Our Breath for a Profit

The Amazon rainforest is a sensitive ecosystem that supports the Ecuadorian people, because they have been taking care and respecting it for centuries.

Those of us not living in Ecuador think we remain affected. Many of us don’t think of it at all. But we are blithely wrapped in our own crippling oil comforts until the lungs of the earth are no longer. We’re trading our every breath for a profit we won’t even see.

It’s Not Too Late to Do Something

Citizens from all over the world can help. Go to to learn how you can help protect the Amazon rainforest.

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3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed

1 October 2014

“Brace for impact” – Three words you don’t normally expect to hear on a flight. Ric Elias was a passenger on a plane where he head just that.

Ric’s TEDtalk is not only a little humorous but it’s inspiring, insightful and thought provoking.

To see photographs of that life changing day click here.

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Apple’s Spaceship Could Be The Greenest Building on the Planet

23 September 2014

News of the spaceship-like Apple headquarters is nothing new. The building was designed by Norman Foster and will reportedly cost $5 billion.

The Campus 2 (official name) will boast many earth friendly specs like being fully powered by renewable sources. The company’s approach to the environment is laid out here.

Full article from The Verge: Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be ‘greenest building on the planet’

One particular feature the company mentions is natural ventilation and reminds us of termite ventilation, something the Swedes have been incorporating for decades.

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We Are Dead Stars

12 September 2014

What Are We? Who Am I? Why Am I Here?

These existential questions in relation to our humanity has been around, in some form or another, since human intelligence developed. Philosophers, scientists and theologists alike have pondered and answered these questions many a time before, and they’re often depicted at looking up at a starry night sky for answers.

We Are Dead Stars

NASA astronomer Dr. Michelle Thalle grants an interesting explanation as to where she thinks we come from (we all have different beliefs so her answer isn’t the only answer). What stands out so powerfully is the notion we are all connected to everything. Our life energy is shared by every living thing on this planet.

Quite thought provoking.

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Home Made Berry Smoothie

8 September 2014

Berry smoothies are one of those treats you never have to feel guilty about.

Raw, natural and good for the body.

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Living Filter

16 August 2014

How can you ensure you breathe forest-like fresh air every day? By having the air in your home, business or school filtered by plants.

How we have come to rely on artificial means to clean our air is dumbfounding. The answer doesn’t matter. What matters is that we get into the habit of looking to nature for solutions.

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How to Make Nettle Pesto

11 August 2014

A collaboration between Green Renaissance and Wildcraft

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Filmed at Casa Mori


2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons pine nuts, roasted
2 tablespoons grated Percorino or Parmesan cheese
6-8 tablespoons blanched, chopped nettles
pinch or 2 Coarse Salt
Extra virgin Olive oil to desired level


Toast the pine nuts in a pan.
Blanch the nettles with the nuts in the hot pan.
Put the nut/nettle mixture in a pestle and mortar with the garlic and grind to a pulp, adding olive oil as you go.
Add the cheese and grind some more.

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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

7 August 2014

A sense of connectedness is felt when one knows exactly where your food comes from. You know exactly what you put in your body. The ideal is to grow your own food, but not everyone has the circumstance to do this. So the best alternative is to support your local farmers markets and establishments like Graze Slow Food Cafe.



Recipe – Serves 6:

1 x onion, peeled and chopped
2 x leeks, roughly chopped
2 x large carrots, peeled and chopped
3 sticks of celery, roughly chopped
1 kg of Jerusalem Artichokes washed and / peeled and roughly chopped
1 x bay leaf
1l full cream milk
Salt and pepper
200g butter

Heat butter in a large pot, add the onions, carrots, celery & leeks. Sauté until golden brown. Add the bay leaf and the Jerusalem artichokes, stir through and then add the milk.
Cook for about 30 – 40 mins until the veggies are soft.
Remove the bay leaf and blend soup until smooth. Pass through a sieve and return to the pot. Season to taste and reheat.

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How to Make Lemon Cleaner

31 July 2014

Background: Another in the Green Renaissance DIY series – this film shows us how to make home made surface cleaner using lemons and rosemary. Its really easy and cheap to make.

Inspiration from –

Nikon D800 DSLR

Nikkor 85mm AF0S f/1.4G
Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.4G
Nikkor 35mm AF-S f/1.4G

Lexar Professional

Breezer 100 Light courtesy of

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Listen to Your Body

20 July 2014

“Be aware of what you eating, we don’t always listen to our bodies.” – Skye

Green Renaissance spent an hour with Skye an organics farmer in Cape Town. Farmers like Skye inspire us to change the way we live and eat.

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A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards

14 June 2014

What does it mean to be human?

That existential question has been asked by our collective human heart many a time. We are all different, we have different life situations and desires, so the answer to that question is very personal. It is a question that can evoke a certain kind of despondency.

Cory Richards is a man who turned this despondent disposition into some of the most beautiful photographs of our time.

A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards

“Blue Chalk worked with National Geographic Creative photographer and North Face athlete Cory Richards to create a promotional piece to demonstrate the scope of his work and the passion and athleticism that accompanies him in the field. A Tribute to Discomfort brings the viewer through Cory’s stunning work, his unique sense of humor, and his quest to create photographs that relate a common humanity.”

Created by Blue Chalk Media

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Look Up

4 June 2014

‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

“Be there for your friends and they’ll be there for you too. But no one will be if a group message will do.”

Film by Garry Turk.

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Necessity and Simplicity

21 May 2014

A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap.

David’s ability to live just with what he needs is an inspiring disposition. In some aspects of our lives, we can all apply necessity and simplicity. Sometimes we’re surprised by how much we need it.


4 Year Old Bucket List

12 May 2014

Masaai Warrior Dream

Nkaitole is a four year old boy from Kenya. Like all little boys he has a dream. Though his is very special. He wants to become a Masaai Warrior.

It’s a sad fact that 1 in 5 children in Africa, will not reach the age of 5 due to unsafe drinking water. So waterislife helped him complete his bucket list.

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The SLOWMO quest for Divinity

8 May 2014

Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

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