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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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Eating Out: The Possible Elegance of Solar Cooking

7 February 2012

The concept of cooking with solar power is nothing new, but before it always seemed to have a more rustic feel about it.

This video shows that solar powered cooking can also be elegant, and can also conform to our contemporary desire to eat out at restaurants.

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Energy Awareness: Letting Light Go to Waste

6 February 2012

A silent, but poignant visual reminder of how much light we let go to waste.

According to the Sunday Paper write up, the video was made to show light “crying” or “bleeding”, and make a poetic statement about the state of our energy consumption.

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Getting Outdoors: Trail Running in Slow Motion

5 February 2012

Nature enthusiasts with an appreciation for speed will enjoy this video- a slow motion film of trail running at 1000 frames per second.

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Connecting with Nature: A Whale Story

4 February 2012

Human interaction with animals can sometimes be a serendipitous occasion, especially when it comes to large mammals species like whales.

This creatively animated short film describes an encounter with a whale that raises the question of inter-species communication, and that the concept of “thank-you” could transcend species barriers.

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Life Inspiration: The Holstee Manifesto

3 February 2012

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, and feel bogged down by things that depress or upset us.

Something as simple as a manifesto can be a key to changing that though, like the Holstee Manifesto, which is a simple reminder of personal empowerment- expressed in this video through a love of biking.

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Office Space: The Benefits of Pedal Powering

2 February 2012

Making the switch to using more sustainable forms of power is essential in the resource-finite world that we live in, but how easy is it to really disconnect from the grid?

In this short video, powering an office is shown to be as simple as sitting on a bike, with one pedal creating 5 minutes of power.

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Our Blue Canoe: Preserving the Pacific

1 February 2012

In an effort to preserve their Pacific Ocean resources and wildlife, sailors called the Pacific Voyagers from various Polynesian islands are sailing solar powered canoes called “waka” across the seas.

To reinvigorate ancient traditions, and to re-emphasize the importance of conserving our oceans, this documentary trailer gives a sneak peak at the feature film that will be released in 2013.

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Ciclovía: Prioritizing Low-Carbon City Transportation

31 January 2012

We all know that bicycles are a significantly lower carbon form of transport, but what if the infrastructure in your city doesn’t allow for easy biking?

In cities like Bogota in Colombia, the concept of ciclovía, or “bike paths” encourages city residents to ride their bikes by having designated bike lanes, and days when roads are blocked off exclusively for bicycle use.

Is this something we could do in South Africa too?

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White Trees: What Happens to Leaves in Winter

30 January 2012

Maybe it’s our close association with air-conditioning in the summer heat, but we’ve been attracted to images of winter lately- perhaps in an effort to cool ourselves down mentally.

Here’s another video about winter, but instead of outdoor sports, it focuses on the frosted beauty of leafless trees.

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Diving in Palau: The Creatures Under the Surface

29 January 2012

The ocean around the Pacific island of Palau is a Marine Protected Area (MPA), and is home to some bizarre and interesting creatures, like the ones in the video below.

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