Hermione from The DoNation tells the story of her experience of GFN as a venture.....
Warbling about Biosphere Consciousness
The operating system for all life. In the last few hundred years us human folk have lost touch with the natural living world around us. With 3.5 billion years of R&D, the biosphere has innovated more than any business on the planet.It creates the conditions that support and enable everything we do, from life itself, to food and energy, from govt to business. If we don't learn to re-connnect, notice, learn, champion and steward, we're dust, literally.
Shout out to the Good for Nothing Folk to back a Film asking some Big urgent questions
Warbled by Dan Burgess
This film is telling a critical story for our time and our future. The interconnectness of all life, how disconnected humans have become and our utter dependance on the planet earth and what it provides. It's an amazing film that has real potential to start some critical dialogue and land new ideas. Please share widely and help them get this film made by pushing them over their Kickstarter line. A few quid will get you a copy of the film, the soundtrack and all sorts.Support the true innovators
Collaborating for good etc
I was lucky enough to see Tony speak at TEDx whilst studying in Exeter. TonyJuniper believes that Economist's are involved in a "planet scale Ponzi scheme" with regard to Nature and the Biosphere.
His writings and current book on this subject are worth reading. It is a sad state of affairs that this book had to be written at all!
It has been estimated that Nature's services provided each year are worth about double global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature's services for granted, imagining them free and limitless... until they suddenly switch off.
It's tricky to keep people interested when talking about an issue that has little day-to-day direct effect on them, Katya Chistik Hantel analyses the existing data on what 'sticks', and what doesn't:
– Katya Chistik Hantel
Climate change is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, and though cohesive solutions remain elusive, U.S. media attention on climate change is decreasing. This master’s project examines how media attention on climate change solutions has changed over time and makes recommendations on how coverage trends can be influenced.
Watch this movie / documentary! It's still a while until Wild Thing comes out, so turn to No Impact Man for the moment.
When I wasn't nodding vigorously until my neck hurt, I was grunting loud affirmations and sometimes jumping out of my seat and shouting in delight or disbelief.
If you find that you are beginning to care about sustainability (like I have only just begun to), there’s a lot to relate to, and lots of good ideas for experiments. Good stuff for moving from a purely intellectual concern for the environment, to something a bit more hands-on.
There's also an insight into the level of resistance that surfaces when the status quo is challenged in any way. At one point, the family starts receiving hate mail for doing a private experiment to try alternatives to toilet paper. Haters can be such buttwipes.
An opportunity very few of us get to experience. But without doubt a deep profound sense of interconnectedness. Amazing footage, and some awesome wave riding to boot.
Must watch - Upcoming feature length doc with Jeremy Irons on trash fouling up the world.
Love this new citizen science idea from Zooniverse - see if you can spot big game from your computer, and help biologists and zoologists understand animal movements and behaviour in Serengeti in Tanzania
– Project 7
“If people are going to buy things. Lots of things. Then let’s use those things they purchase to help change the world around us. Let’s make everyday products for everyday people to solve everyday problems around the globe.”
“This view of the Earth from space – the whole Earth perspective – is, I think, the true symbol of this age,” says White in the film. “I believe … there’s going to be a greater and greater interest in communicating this idea because, after all, it’s key to our survival. We have to start acting as one species with one destiny. We are not going to survive if we don’t do that.”
Frank White, author 'The Overview Effect'
Brilliant visualisation of climate change from Info is Beautiful and The Guardian
Love well designed, long lasting products... that biodegrade when they do finally stop serving their purpose.
Love your stuff, reduce your reliance of cheap, single use, resource depleting crap.
Why not start with your toothbrush...
Why pants and everything we make needs to be clean. right kids? right on brother.
Just over a week ago, we spent the day at the Natural Childhood Summit organised by the good folk at the National Trust. As part of our ongoing development of Project WildThing we joined a wonderfully diverse gathering of organisations and individuals all linked by one common thread...
The project aims to promote behaviour change around repair and remaking of electronics. They want to become a hub for information but also run workshops/pop up repair stands/restart parties etc. Think it's a really interesting area considering how much electronic waste there is.
Here are a couple of their initiatives:
Repair map + independent reviews: a crowd-generated map and review site of repair shops, second-hand ICT stores and IT repair people.
Restart parties + online support: combining repair types, artists and (h)activists in local “genius clinics” helping out normal people fix their IT problems (and more) with a creative twist.
Project Wild Thing, the campaign that came from all of the work done at the recent Wild Thing gig, visited Shambala festival to gauge interest in the issues around nature deficit disorder. Nice and Serious made this lovely, if slightly mad, film. Check it out.
This is the last weekend of the Project Wild Thing campaign to get more people into nature, running until September 16th.