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Water and Rocks, New Zealand

12 March 2012

This little film does nothing but display the absolute wonderment of nature in South Island, New Zealand.

Metron takes us from ground into a hot air balloon and presents the landscape of New Zealand in unmatched beauty.

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Timelapse: 3 Years 1 Place

11 March 2012

We’ve all seen a lot of time-lapses and they are normally very beautiful. What’s great about this one is it’s authenticity. This time-lapse was taken over three years in a single location. It chronicles the deconstruction of a building and the construction of its replacement.

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Snow Circles

10 March 2012

Sonja Hinrichen embarked on a project to draw circles in the snow. An excellent idea, executed perfectly and the result is stunning.

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Guerrilla Gardening: Holes of Happiness

9 March 2012

What is natural about breathing in exhaust fumes on your way to work? What’s natural about spending a day in a mall, surrounded by artificial light and shameless consumerism? What’s natural about spending most of your life in a world of concrete? Nothing.

Holes of Happiness is a short and touching documentary about guerrilla gardening. Nature lovers find the cracks in the concrete and tar within a city and beautify it with miniature gardens. Just a touch of nature in such a harsh environment makes it so much more livable and makes people smile.

Maybe that little something like an unexpected miniature garden is exactly what you need to get you through the day. And sometimes there’s nothing more infectious than a heartwarming smile.



8 March 2012

No matter how old you are you know you’d really like to live in a tree house.

 Treehuggers is a series concept developed by Ronin Media House based on the revolutionary company called 02Treehouse and they build tree houses. Their mission:

 to inspire humanity to reconsider how we can more
harmlessly co-exist with nature

02treehouse’s focus on sustainability, the outdoors and human connection with the environment is a commendable  business trait that should be supported by everyone.

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Food: Healthy, Fresh and Urban

7 March 2012

Urban agriculture is becoming a necessity in our recession riddled lives. The ‘New York Farm City’ is short film by Guy Buttery and tells the tale full of inspiring people who are trying to farm in the mighty New York City. These people are  everyday you-and-I people who garden where they find the space. Some use windy rooftops, some don’t use pesticides so they have to manually remove pests from their produce.

Is there any reason why we don’t do more rooftop farming in Cape Town?

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Timelapse: Incredible Iceland

6 March 2012

Iceland is a volcanically and geologically active country that’s home to about 320 000 people. In 2011 Iceland was ranked in the top 20 most developed countries in the world.

Rapid human development is sometimes synonymous with the destruction of nature. Lets hope Iceland remains as beautiful and untouched as this incredibly filmed video by Greg Kiss shows.

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The Sound of Trees

5 March 2012

Nature is a an orchestra unlike anything man can create. There is a undeniable sense of rhythm when the wind brushes through the trees on a spring day and the crickets singing in tune with a crackling fire.

Diego Stocco found a way to bring technology and nature together by making music from a tree.

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‘200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes’

4 March 2012

The current economic crisis is effecting the entire world and some countries more than others.

Lets take a look at this fun and clever way to present an infographic that helps us understand where we’ve started and how far we’ve come.

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Precious Forest

3 March 2012

Forests are the lungs of the earth. They provide homes for countless species of animals. There is a certain majestic quality that resides within forests. Forests inspire and can bring out the dreamer in anyone.

Unsustainable resource consumption has desecrated many of the worlds forests and destroyed the fragile ecosystems that reside within, now lost forever. So lets use a little less paper, unsubscribe all your junk mail, don’t purchase three-ply toilet paper, get your bills and books electronically and don’t purchase magazines that cannot be recycled. Do something small and remind yourself of how beautiful and precious forests are.

This short film by Jesse Rosten beautifully captures the Redwood forest of Northern Carolina.

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Think Tap

2 March 2012

The convenience of bottled water contributes to 1 360 777 110 kg of waste. If it takes three times the amount of water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it, where is the ecological sense?

Bottled water has become part of the culture of conveniencea culture that breeds lazy habits which in turn effects our planet. What effects our planet effects our livelihood. Drink tap water.

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Light: The Hidden Magic

1 March 2012

‘The Arctic Light’ is magical short film that takes you into the very heart of light and nature and will leave you breathless.

Thanks to Terje Sorgjerd’s unrelenting sacrifices in his search for astounding landscape beauty we are given the chance to witness a natural phenomenon. This short film will leave you inspired and appreciative of the beauty of our world.

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Fjords and Walls: Appreciating Nature in Norway

29 February 2012

At the northern end of the world, Norway is not a very common destination for South Africans.

But thanks to the internet and timelapse photography, we can still appreciate it’s awesome natural beauty, including the fjords and the view from Trollveggen (Troll wall).

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In Omnia Paratus: Save the Sharks

28 February 2012

Madison Stewart is passionate about shark conservation, especially in areas like the Great Barrier Reef where over 600 tonnes of sharks of removed every year- legally.

Made for the WWF Life. Nature. You. Make the Connection competition, this film shows how even we can form a bond with even the most misunderstood predators.

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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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