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14 September 2011
As winter slowly draws to a close in South Africa, and we anticipate the warmer weather, it’s exciting to see the summer experiences that others have had in the opposite hemisphere.
This film is a collection of personal clips that will inspire wanderlust and appreciation for the summertime- a time of the year when nature is most appreciated, all over the world.
13 September 2011
Phone and text applications are plentiful, from the inane to the extremely useful. With regards to environmental applications in particular, a recent phone project development by Amphibious Architecture allows for city citizens to keep tabs on their environment.
Using sensors to monitor the water in nearby urban rivers, New York City residents can track the status and health of their city waterways through text updates, creating an interest in the environment and the fish stocks that populate urban rivers.
13 September 2011
A short film that raises a very real concern with the future of whales, and the state of our oceans in general.
Is nature’s largest and most majestic mammal fated to be an exhibit, like the long extinct dinosaurs?
12 September 2011
Although not technically forests, these portable trucks create a much needed element of greenery in urban centres dominated by steel and concrete.
ParkMobile is a portable greenery service that operates in San Francisco with two towable red dumpsters, adding just a bit of necessary greenness to a city worker’s lunch break.
12 September 2011
A tranquil video to start off the second week of spring, and a reminder of the importance of taking in and engaging with all the different elements of nature, including fallen leaves.
11 September 2011
This video is one of many in the Vimeo DSLR video group- a group of filmmakers that use similar cameras to what the Green Renaissance team does.
The video below is a different perspective on the outdoors from a Finnish point of view, with close-ups and focus changes that remind us of the peaceful and calming effect of nature.
10 September 2011
Forests are absolutely essential to our wellbeing, not only for their aesthetic beauty, but also for their oxygenating function.
Deforestation is a massive threat to our forests though, and if nothing is done to prevent this, we’ll be losing the “breathing” ability of our global green lungs, suggested by the WWF campaign below.
Source: The Inspiration Room
9 September 2011
When using camera techniques like timelapse and stop-frame animation- sometimes you get a greater sense of movement from putting a series of still shots together.
In the video below, which was shot by Next Level Pictures on a Phantom Flex high-speed camera, life can be slowed down even more, which gives us an almost grating sense of each individual movement.
8 September 2011
One of the greatest threats of climate change is rising sea levels, which will affect coastal areas all over the world.
This WWF outdoor campaign cleverly uses the sun and shadows to give a visual representation of sea level rise on a specially designed billboard, to raise awareness about the problems posed by global warming.
7 September 2011
Oscar nominated director Josh Fox, who directed the anti-fracking documentary Gasland, has recently produced a clip in protest against the Tar Sands pipeline in the USA.
The pipeline has been backed by President Obama, and has caused a furore in the States, with prominent environmental activists being arrested for taking part in the protests.
6 September 2011
Hurricane Irene, which hit the east coast of America last week, has done incredible damage, but in a positive spin off, also inspired some ardent surfers to take to the water.
This reverence for big waves is nothing new, and can be seen in woodcuts like Hokusai’s “The Great Wave”, which has cleverly been re-interpreted by artist Bernard Pras- by using only discarded rubbish.
Source: Mother Nature Network
5 September 2011
The Reichenau Mission station in KwaZulu Natal was recently selected as a National Renewable Energy Demonstration Site by Project 90 by 2030, and has received funding to restore its renewable energy ability.
In the past, the mission station has used hydropower to run a mill and generate electricity, so this project is more than just creating a new means of energy- it’s a way to continue a sustainable legacy.
4 September 2011
This Diesel campaign was released a while ago, but it’s interesting to see how relevant this campaign still is, even five years down the line.
Diesel is known for their tongue-in-cheek and satirical campaigns, more recently with their “Be Stupid” campaign. It would be interesting to see their take on the current global environmental situation- or has it only become worse?
3 September 2011
Danny MacAskill is one of the most well known street trial pro-riders, admired for his insane ability to jump, hop, ride over just about any kind of surface.
A city like Cape Town provides even more opportunities to test his riding skills, and is a reminder of the urban beauty of our Mother City.
2 September 2011
The Darwinian concept of evolution completely changed the way we see the world, including our currently endangered wildlife.
This WWF campaigns plays to this idea of gradual evolution, but with a sad twist- is the evolutionary destiny or elephants and tigers extinction, ornaments and fur coats?
1 September 2011
Green Renaissance has just released the third and final video in the Save Mapungubwe series.
This film follows Abraham Ramonwana, the head guide at Tuli Safari Lodge in Botswana, as he takes the viewer through his side of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation area- an area he believes should be preserved for future generations.
31 August 2011
Fundraising needs to be a consistent effort, and is often an extremely challenging aspect of running an NGO or non-profit organisation.
However, public donations can help make this task easier, a message that is put forward in the WWF campaign below- the idea that giving just a few coins can go a long way to helping to preserve the environment.
31 August 2011
How often do you borrow things from your neighbours? It seems that so often we worry about having to buy things for once-off use, when we could borrow them from the person next door.
Neighborgoods is an online collaborative setup that allows you to keep track of what you borrow and lend with neighbors- a way to simplify life and be reduce our carbon intensive consumption.
30 August 2011
Environmental consciousness comes down to even the smallest of choices- including the toilet paper we use everyday.
Paper production is a notoriously environmentally intensive process though, so it needs to be sustainable- like the recently launched Kleenex environmentally-friendly range, launched in association with WWF.
30 August 2011
It is scary to think how disconnected we are from our food- often our only knowledge of where our food comes from the fine print text on food labels.
With Urban Farming Partnerships like Bright Farms however, our relationship with fresh produce can change, by allowing retailers to grow their own produce, and allow us to eat from source within the city.