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Trashback: Recycling Goods and Uplifting Communities

27 February 2012

Informal recycling offers a small percentage of people some form of livelihood, but what if rewards could benefit a greater community?

Trashback is a Cape Town based organisation that rewards the residents of Imizamo Yethu for their recycling, thereby uplifting the community and educating them about the value of recyclable goods.

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Playfulness in Nature: A Snowboarding Crow

26 February 2012

In an urban environment, we aren’t often able to witness the playful side of nature.

This video, filmed in Russia, shows a different side to a common bird though, and that as stated on the Scientific American blog, perhaps birds are more playful than we give them credit for.

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The Runner: Nature is All Around Us

25 February 2012

Living in the city, it’s easy to feel disconnected from nature.

But by taking time out to appreciate your surroundings, you can connect with it, like the character in this film does when he runs.

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Price Per Dozen: A Documentary to Save the Sea Turtle

24 February 2012

Sea turtle numbers have declined rapidly in the past 50 years, and something drastic needs to be done to conserve the species.

This documentary trailer is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but highlights the shocking reality of sea turtle conservation- something Green Renaissance has been involved in by filming turtle nesting in Mozambique.

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The Soul of Surfing: Watching Water

23 February 2012

There’s a soulfulness to surfing that only surfers seem to understand.

This is something that intrigued Jo Tyrell, which is why he decided to make the movie Watching Water, to find out more about this enigmatic sport.

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Photography and Conservation: The Biodiversity Project

22 February 2012

The world is in danger of losing many of our endangered species, but do we even know what they all are?

Joel Sartore is raising awareness about critical global conservation efforts, by taking portraits of our endangered biodiversity.

To view more of his exceptional photographs, visit his website.

Sumatran Rhino

Image Source: Joel Sartore

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Investigating Happiness: Balloons of Bhutan

21 February 2012

What makes people happy? Is it the same thing the world over, or does it differ from place to place?

This is what Jonathan Harris went to investigate in Bhutan- the last Himalayan Kingdom. An interactive portrait of people, this project is an insight into using Gross National Happiness as a measure of success.

Have a look at some of the almost 600 stories on the Balloons of Bhutan website.

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Timescapes: A View of the American Southwest

20 February 2012

It’s incredible how vast the world’s wilderness areas are, evident in film like Timescapes, which gives an epic perspective of the American Southwest.

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Meet Mr. Toilet: The Realities of Global Sanitation

19 February 2012

It might not be socially appropriate to talk about poo, but the reality is that excrement affects all of us, especially in poor rural communities around the world without proper sanitation.

Mr. Toilet, as he is proudly known, is aiming to change people’s attitudes though, by revolutionizing the toilet marketing industry and providing necessary access to clean water.

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Wastelander Panda Prologue: A Post-Apocalyptic Reality

18 February 2012

What would you do if you were the last remaining survivor in a post-apocalyptic wasteland?

Wastelander Panda is a new series that looks at a panda’s quest for survival in a hostile environment- a symbolic representation of the conservation struggle we fight today.

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Finnish Lapland: Appreciating the Northern Lights

17 February 2012

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is a magnificent display of light that can be seen at certain times of the year in the far northern parts of the globe.

This video shows the Finnish perspective of the lights, and is a beautifully filmed clip that effectively promotes tourism to the country.

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Nature’s Version of Vinyl: What If Trees Could Sing?

16 February 2012

Tree rings tell the age of a tree, and are analysed by scientists to find out even more than that.

But could tree rings be nature’s version of vinyl? Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has developed a way of translating tree rings into music- a beautiful experiment in appreciating nature.

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The Need for Speed: BASE Jumping

15 February 2012

Who said humans couldn’t fly?

With specialized BASE jumping equipment it is possible, for the daredevils who choose to do it- those with an inherent need for speed.

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Desktop Travel: Glimpses of the Globe

14 February 2012

Kien Lam set off to travel the world, and took timelapses of the places he visited on the way.

This film is a beautiful visual summary of his epic trip, one which you can read more about on his website Time is Nothing.

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The Whole Pie: Reconnecting With Our Food

13 February 2012

Many people feel that our food system has been broken, and that we’ve lost the connection between the food we eat and where it comes from.

Educational farms like Pie Ranch aim to address this problem though, but providing a platform for learning that contributes to a systemic change in the way we think about food.

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Holland How To: Bicycle Paths and Sustainability

12 February 2012

The Dutch have set the standard for sustainable transport with their implementation of cycle paths, and ubiquitous bicycles.

But surely it wasn’t always this way? This video explains the how, and will hopefully inspire other cities to do the same.

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Another Timelapse: The Beauty of Yosemite

11 February 2012

Yosemite National Park is a celebrated wilderness area in the USA, known for its epic granite cliffs and groves of Giant Sequoia trees.

Here’s another perspective on Yosemite though, in HD, that shows an expansive view of this area’s beauty, even after dark.

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Meet Your Farmer: Farm to Table Living

10 February 2012

An inspiring video about a family-run farm and restaurant in Maine, USA, that highlights the fulfillment that comes with growing your own food and sharing it with others.

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Travel: Train to the Roof of the World

9 February 2012

A perspective from the window of a train of the surrounds on the Qinghai–Tibet Railway, and a view from the Roof of the World.

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A New Movement: A Call for Clean Energy

8 February 2012

This video, created for the Community Environmental Council, reminds us of the importance of making the shift to clean, renewable energy.

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