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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

Recipe:

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

Method:

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:

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

Method:
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 - theyummylife.com

CAMERA USED:
Nikon D800 DSLR

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

MEMORY CARD
Lexar Professional

LIGHTING
Breezer 100 Light courtesy of sunshinecompany.co.za

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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.

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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.

http://www.slomothemovie.com/

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“Save The Bees” Greenbees Protest

5 May 2014

It’s a sad world when bees have to set up campaigns to help us realise that our consumerist culture is slowly destroying nature.

The Greenbees are mobilizing to protest against pesticides sold by agro chemical companies, which endanger not only their livelihood but also food production for the humans. One third of all food production relies on the pollinating role of bees.

Take action to save the bees and agriculture as part of Greenpeace’s international “Save The Bees” campaign.

Sign the #SaveTheBees petition today: http://po.st/SaveTheBees

Read more about why bees need our help at http://sos-bees.org/

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Combining Technology and Compassion to Change Fate

29 April 2014

 Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF’s Sabita Malla

WWF’s Sabita Malla is exploring how Glass can help protect rhinos. When technology and compassion combine we can bring about change. And like Sabita maybe we can help change the human induced fate of the rhino and let them continue to not just survive, but to live.

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The Conditioned Poet Question your Perceptions

23 April 2014

Perception & Deceit

No combination of prose can convey the beauty of this story, so we are going to keep it simple.

Stories have endured the test of time more than anything else because stories grant us an objective perspective of ourselves. Stories help us grow.

Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was a homeless man for nearly 35 years. He lived unshaven, unwashed and wrapped in a garbage bag. He looked no more special than your everyday homeless man. A kind hearted Shalla Monteiro befriended this homeless man to discover his incredibly beautiful poetry.

The lesson in this story? Question your perceptions.

Source Link – http://www.facebookstories.com/stories/53734/the-conditioned

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Made in Tohoku

2 April 2014

Nature Turns into Disaster

Earthquakes, typhoons, thunderstorms, these are all a natural part of the earth. But when the lives of people are tragically affected by nature’s course it becomes a natural disaster. Our recent history is littered with many examples of earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes that have left people homeless and hopeless.

A Brother’s Help Made in Tohoku

In March 2011 an earthquake and tsunami caused great devastation in Tohoku, Japan. The Inoue Brothers traveled to the region to start a project with some of the affected local artisans. The result of this collaboration is their “Made in Tohoku” collection.

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How to Treat the Ladies

24 March 2014

A group of Australian farmers share their thoughts about their ladies. Treat your ladies right fellas.

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Inspired to Inspire

18 March 2014

Passion and Inspiration

Everyone has something they feel they’re meant to do, it’s their passion. That feeling is something that connects people. So few people actually pursue their passion because it’s such a personal thing that failing is just too scary. A way to push past the fear is to be inspired. Imagine that you are a source of inspiration for someone. Imagine someone seeing you do what you love doing and how inspirational and motivational it is. They might just step beyond the fear and into themselves. If you’re inspired you inspire.

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Heart of Africa

3 March 2014

It’s a beautiful thing to be granted perspective. Compared to life in the heart of Africa how does your problems measure up?

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The Weight of Mountains

1 March 2014

This short film is based on the incredible work of British geologist L. Dudley Stamp.

Shot in Iceland, this film beautifully displays the language of geology. The imagery is enigmatic and cultivate a sense of introspection. A viewpoint that can breed a connectedness to nature, which in turn can only benefit your day to day life. Mountains have a lifespan much like our own. They are affected by circumstance much like we are.

Physical geography and geology is an enormous and fascinating subject, and this film only touches upon the surface of the discipline. For those who wish to further advance their knowledge in this field, further reading and research is recommended.

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Rick Rubin: Listen to Silence

6 February 2014

Listen to Silence

Rick Rubin is one of the most respected music producers. Odds are that Mr Rubin has had his hand on one of your favorite songs, be it from Black Sabbath or Lana Del Rey. One would normally equate that world with oppulance and inflated ego. But just listen to how he speaks. His voice alone emanates calmness. Rick Rubin monastically connects music and art to nature.

Meditate

Everyone, on some level, crave that connection with silence. Meditate and drift into it, naturally. The result is not only beneficial to your mind, spirit and your body, but also in your doing. And this spills over into your work, your relationships, your whole life.

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The Gap by Ira Glass

5 February 2014

The truth uttered in this two minute video is the kind of truth that transcends explanation. One of those things that you know is true, but the penny only really drops once you’ve experienced it.

Though it is focused for creative types, the definition of creative should not be boxed into a form of expression. We can be creative in all aspects of our lives. Be it the stay at home mom trying to start a business in Cape Town or the artist living in a closet sized apartment in NYC.

Do the work.

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