Documentary Inspires the Queen to Ban Plastic

February 16, 2018 by  
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Ai Weiwei installs huge fences in New York City to challenge Trumps border control measures

October 17, 2017 by  
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Ai Weiwei continues to address the refugee crisis through his latest multi-site, multi-media exhibition in New York City . In a campaign against Donald Trump’s border-control measures, the famous Chinese artist and human-rights activist has enclosed spaces throughout New York with gigantic security fences . The project, titled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, includes a huge golden cage placed in Central Park, and a fence-like enclosure embedded within the Washington Square Arch. In 2016, Weiwei traveled to 23 countries and visited over 40 refugee camps while filming his documentary Human Flow . He chose a proverb from Robert Frost’s poem Mending Wall as the title for this new piece, which continues to explore the theme of borders. Related: Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles The artist worked with New York charity the Public Art Fund to create temporary structures in three locations in New York City. Funded through Kickstarter, the project aims to provoke and further the discussion about Trump’s plans to tighten immigration controls. The large circular gold structure, titled Gilded Cage, was installed on the Doris C Freedman Plaza, just a few minutes away from Trump Tower . The second installation is embedded in the Washington Square Arch as a mirrored passageway in the shape of two joined human figures. In Queens, Weiwei wrapped the Unisphere in Corona Park in mesh netting to create a low-lying fence. The exhibition will run until 11 February 2018, and it also includes several smaller interventions scattered throughout the city. + Ai Weiwei Photos by Jason Wyche via Public Art Fund, NY

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More than 50% of New York Citys public schools now have gardens

October 17, 2017 by  
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There’s a food revolution brewing in over half of New York City’s public schools, and it’s not slowing down. Thanks to the local nonprofit GrowNYC , The Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and Grow to Learn , five boroughs have been established to set up sustainable gardens in public schools. There are now at least 700 gardens across the city, and teachers are witnessing a myriad of changes in the kids who are spending more time outdoors and less time in a “traditional” classroom setting. From container gardens to bottle planters in the classrooms, teachers and the kids are getting creative to grow produce at their schools. Arielle Hartman, School Gardens Coordinator with GrowNYC, said, “I’ve seen teachers grow plants in soda bottles and old shoes or in projector carts with fluorescent lights.” Some of the most popular vegetables and fruit that are being grown include tomatoes , cucumbers, lettuce, eggplant, mint, collard greens, and herbs. At some schools, grapes and strawberries are cultivated, as well. The benefits of school gardening extend beyond the children learning about where their food comes from — which is an important lesson. For many kids, the gardens exist as a place of respite and contemplation. Rodale’s Organic Life reports, “Schools are using these green spaces not only as teaching tools and hands-on laboratories for math and science, they’ve also become arenas for social and emotional growth, particularly for students who may not do well in the traditional classroom environment, as well as serving as a respite for teachers and administrators.” As a result of improved emotional well-being among the student body, teachers are witnessing a reduction in behavioral issues . Julie Walsh, Assistant Director at GrowNYC, said, “Behavioral issues are dramatically reduced when kids are exposed to nature and to this kind of real sensory and experimental learning that the natural world offers.” Research presented at the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition supports this observation. It noted that green schoolyards — which are bursting with nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables — provide children, families and their communities a “healthy environment ” for relaxation and play. Related: The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China Walsh says that by partnering with agencies, such as the Parks Department and the Department of Education, the challenge of introducing gardens into schools was made much easier. “Historically, one of the challenges for successful and sustainable school garden models has been a lack of coordination,” said Walsh. “If you try to do this in a vacuum, you run into bureaucratic impediments. By partnering […], we’re able to help schools run the gauntlet with these agencies so they don’t run into obstacles.” Other schools can easily implement a garden by partnering with the Grow to Learn program. Registered schools can attend free workshops that cover a number of relevant topics, and schools are eligible to receive free garden materials, access to an online resource library and garden network and the tools to apply for mini-grant funding to start or expand a school garden. The future of school gardens is only limited by the creativity of the teachers, parents, administrators, and students. As long as all involved are willing to work together, public school gardens can flourish across the entire city — and perhaps, the entire nation. GrowNYC , + Grow to Learn Via Rodale’s Organic Life Images via  Pinterest , Arielle Hartman, Grow to Learn, Pixabay

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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s riveting new climate change documentary ‘Before The Flood’ for free this week

November 2, 2016 by  
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We’ve reported before on actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s work to raise awareness of climate change . From his role as a United Nations representative to his rousing environmentalist speech at this year’s Oscars , DiCaprio has done everything he can to spread the word. Now, he’s going one step farther and making his new documentary, Before the Flood , available for free on YouTube . If you’re interested in watching it on the small screen, you’ll have to act fast – it’s only going to be online through November 6th. After that, you’ll need to catch it in theaters or on National Geographic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90CkXVF-Q8M The film follows DiCaprio as he travels the globe, exploring the impact of man-made global warming. While it’s true all this travel adds up to a hefty carbon footprint , the actor does his best to offset it with a voluntary carbon tax payment. (If only more of us could afford to offset our plane travel!) Along the way, he interviews a variety of figures, including President Barack Obama , Pope Francis, John Kerry, and Elon Musk . The film is a collaboration between DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens, the documentarian behind The Cove , 2010’s award-winning film about dolphin hunting in Japan. Related: Leonardo DiCaprio delivers passionate speech to the UN on climate change At the European premiere of Before The Flood , DiCaprio explained his purpose in making the film: “We wanted to create a film that gave people a sense of urgency, that made them understand what particular things are going to solve this problem. We bring up the issue of a carbon tax , for example, which I haven’t seen in a lot of documentaries. Basically, sway a capitalist economy to try to invest in renewables, to bring less money and subsidies out of oil companies. These are the things that are really going to make a massive difference.” + Before the Flood Via SlashFilm

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California governor signs measure to end captive orca breeding

September 14, 2016 by  
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Close to six months after SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby said the entertainment company would stop breeding their killer whales , California Governor Jerry Brown made it official. On Tuesday he signed a measure ending the breeding of captive orcas . SeaWorld will no longer be allowed to breed the animals, and the company is tossing out plans to expand their San Diego killer whale habitat. There are SeaWorld parks in San Diego, San Antonio, and Orlando. Although the company ceased plucking orcas from the sea nearly 40 years ago, SeaWorld still owns 29 of the majestic creatures. Five were caught from the wild. The company says the animals they have currently will be the ” last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld .” Related: SeaWorld finally announces plan to stop breeding Orcas In a statement, PETA vice president Tracy Reiman said, “Future generations of orcas will not endure the deprivation, stress, and frustration of being trapped in a tiny concrete tank.” The entertainment company will keep the killer whales currently at their facilities ” under the best veterinary care .” New “natural orca encounters” focusing on education, research, and conservation will replace theatrical programs. SeaWorld had considered plans for “Blue World,” a $100 million expansion to their San Diego killer whale habitat, but now said they won’t move forward with the project. According to SeaWorld , “The killer whale research we conduct has direct benefit for science. The animals in our care allow researchers, biologists, and conservationists to better understand and conserve these remarkable animals in the wild.” The company faced pressure after the documentary Blackfish and the deaths of three orcas during six months at San Antonio last year. Concern followed the revelation the company was still having Tilikum, the subject of Blackfish , continue performing in the midst of a life-threatening sickness . Activists and animal rights organizations criticized the way SeaWorld has treated captive orcas. Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and GreyHobbit on Flickr

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Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm – and it’s flourishing after 3 years

July 18, 2016 by  
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Andrew Martin left the fast-paced business world in order to live a more simple and sustainable life in balance with nature. He and his wife Beth bought five acres in Bay of Plenty, a region on the northern coast of New Zealand’s North Island, and began growing a permaculture farm. In just three years it has turned into a lush oasis featuring a vegetable garden, fruit trees, a pond and wildlife habitats. His story was recently featured as the first segment of the Living the Change documentary film series by Happen Films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=914&v=3jh1481J6qw The path to permaculture for Martin began in 2007 after watching the documentary ” A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash ,” about peak oil and resource depletion. His interest in sustainability continued to rise as he conducted more research into energy and environmental issues and kept seeing permaculture as a holistic solution to modern society’s fragmented and environmentally destructive approach to living. Related: Seattle embraces urban farming at ten acre Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Andrew and Beth’s neighbors say they can’t believe the amount of wildlife and birdlife that the permaculture project attracts, which Martin attributes to letting ecosystems flourish on their own rather than trying to control nature. Martin’s advice is to start growing food. “Once you engage with growing and experiencing nature, then things start to happen. It’s like a flower. It starts growing, getting bigger. And then that leads to something else,” says Martin. They sustain themselves from the hundreds of fruit trees they’ve planted, the garden they tend to with kale, spinach, zucchini and more, eggs from the chicken yard, grapes from the vine and other organic edibles from the farm. Says Martin: “This lifestyle of working on the land and doing permaculture feels more rewarding. With a lot of current society it’s take, take, take. With this sort of lifestyle I feel like this is long term. I’m putting something back.” Via Treehugger Images via Over Grow the System

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Portuguese secondary school renovation brings color and light to the learning experience

July 18, 2016 by  
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Located at the edge of the historical center of Pontinha , Lisbon, the school spans 185,000 square feet. It is comprised of five concrete pavilions turned into one, allowing natural daylight to enter all the different spaces. The modern rehabilitation updated and articulated a variety functional areas, including a gym and outdoor playground. Related: CVDB Arquitectos’ Jarego House is a Naturally Daylit Home in Portugal The new design provides plenty of cool, informal study and socializing areas.  Splashes of color contrast with the grey prefabricated concrete structure, highlighting stairs, windows and desks. The beautiful renovation brings color to the learning context. + CVDB Arquitectos Via Architizer Photos by Invisible Gentleman

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Watch a 3-Mile-Wide Glacier Crash into the Sea (VIDEO)

November 7, 2014 by  
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As part of his documentary film Chasing Ice , National Geographic photographer James Balog travelled around the world using time-lapse cameras to show how the planet’s glaciers are changing in the face of climate change . One day, while filming, the crew witnessed something that has never been seen in living memory – a three-mile section of a glacier collapsed into the sea. Read the rest of Watch a 3-Mile-Wide Glacier Crash into the Sea (VIDEO) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3-mile-wide glacier , calving glacier , Chasing Ice , chasing ice documentary , Climate Change , global warming , greenland , Jakobshavn Glacier , melting glacier , National Geographic , video of glacier collapse

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Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

November 6, 2014 by  
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Sir David Attenborough has added his voice to the campaign demanding U.K. company Soco International stop exploring for oil in Virunga National Park . Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park and home to some of the world’s last mountain gorillas . The iconic filmmaker and naturalist has raised urgent concerns over various threats to the park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the subject of a powerful documentary , to be released on Netflix this Friday 7 November, 2014. Read the rest of Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , conservation , corruption , Democratic Republic of Congo , documentary , elephants , gorillas , habitat destruction , intimidation , mining , oil exploration , resource extraction , Sir David Attenborough , UNESCO , Virunga , Virunga National Park , world heritage site

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Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See”

September 19, 2014 by  
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Cowspiracy Official Trailer from First Spark Media on Vimeo . Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary following a San Francisco filmmaker as he investigates the most destructive industry facing the planet today: large-scale animal factory farming . As he investigates, he encounters a surprising resistance to discuss the subject amongst the very organizations he expected to find leading the charge against the industry. The film then takes a two-pronged approach: exposing the environmental destruction caused by factory farming and investigating just exactly why the world’s leading environmental organizations seem too afraid to talk about it. Read the rest of Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , carbon emissions , cows , Cowspiracy , Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret , documentary , environmental destruction , factory farming , Film , habitat loss , livestock , meat production , methane emissions , natural resources , vegan , vegetarian , water issues

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