“Connected – A film for change” by Paul and Kate Maple

Paul and Kate Maple spent 4 years making “Connected”, a film for change.  The UK couple travelled around Europe, seeking answers to challenges that humans face in our post-industrial, GDP-driven world.   Here’s a summary of the ideas they shared:

Connected. humanity shares one planet.  The ecology unites us all.

Can we build a fair economy?  Can we create a sustainable future?  Can ordinary people influence society?  What kind of future are we going to create for the next generation?

Strategic change– Do politicians move when people move?  The old way of thinking is about profit.  We need a holistic perspective.

Can politicians be visionary?  Politicians could remove the need to be re-elected and substitute for it the need to be remembered.

An alternative economic model for the future – The best things in life are not things.  Greed has overcome our common sense.  Economy is about accumulation of financial wealth at the expense of our environment and our future.  Does an economy have to grow?  Can it grow without using up all the Earth’s resources?

Gross domestic product(GDP) is a recent invention which was coined perhaps as a misinterpretation of what creates happiness.

Gross national happiness looks at the well-being of society.  It is about cooperation, not competition.  Children want human connection, not material possessions.

Everyone they spoke to spoke passionately about the environment.

Ecology disasters are a global issue that forces us all to unite.

We need to start off with a much better understanding of how this planet works.

More green energy, more food security, less waste and more recycling are good things, even if climate change doesn’t take place.

Retailers are moving in the direction that their customers are showing that they want, less packaging for foods and more organic.  Politicians will also follow what the people want.  Buy locally and consume less.  Protect Earth’s water supply.

Nearly everyone they spoke with had a negative perception of mainstream media.  But, many felt that the internet had the potential to change our perception.

Media is losing the key it had to inform society.

Media is changing through people like us.  It’s unbelievable what’s possible.

Through social media we can show that the true power lies within individuals.  The fact that everything is interconnected helps.  Formal structures used to rule the world, but through social media we can break that.

For the first time, you’re not only getting just the views of the top.  Technology has allowed us to ask, what do we want as a society?

It’s us who have that power, if we unite we can bring the change.

“I think it is true that given the choice, we would choose to live in a world where all trade was fair, where violence was irrelevant, poverty a myth and pollution unheard of, given the choice.  Yet has the choice really been taken away from us?” – Paul Maple

Everybody has power.  We are making a difference.  You can live smart by the climate, do the right thing by poverty and join up with millions around the world that feel the way you do and together we can make a change.

Fundamentally, you feel better if you act for society.  Be part of it.

Poverty is a very complex issue but the divide between rich and poor is still growing, but what can we do about it?

We have the money and the means to end poverty.  It is something we will look back on with shame.  The biggest killer of children in the whole world is diarrhea.  All poverty in the world could be eradicated with $60 billion dollars a year.

End poverty with 1% of the worlds’ income.

If we share our knowledge, we can learn from one another.  The Maples have created an online interactive video forum for people to share their ideas.

It’s worth rebelling against apathy and doing things for others and children.  There’s another meaning in life than just surviving it.  In what situations and circumstances do you find meaning in life?  Spend some time in those circumstances.

Who am I and where am I going to?  Ask these daily questions.

Sometimes in human history something changes.  A need arises.  We all have a chance to make a difference.

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Intelligent street lighting saves energy

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Published on 19 Nov 2013

The short video demonstrates the working principle of TVILIGHT Intelligent Adaptive Street Lighting Solution.

The settings shown in the video are only for making the film. In reality each sensor can trigger 5 – 20 lamps around an occupant. The lighting levels and number of lamps are easily adjustable based on user needs.

TVILIGHT delivers intelligent sensor based controls for outdoor lighting. The benefits include:
– Saves 50 – 80% energy when compared to existing (street) lighting system
– Reduces operation and maintenance costs by up to 50%
– Return on investment between 4 – 6 years

For more details, visit: www.tvilight.com

Bee harming pesticides get the go-ahead in U.S.

Credit: Lisi Niesner/Reuters. Source: QZ.com

Despite scientific studies that have shown certain neonicotinoid pesticides to be harmful to bees, U.S. EPA continues to approve of their widespread use.  According to a report by Todd Woody, “Environmental groups have identified one culprit,” in the collapse of honeybee populations world-wide as, “US authorities who continue to approve pesticides implicated in the apian apocalypse.

Woody writes:

Case in point: The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) conditional approval in May of sulfoxaflor, a type of agricultural pesticide known as a neonicotinoid. The European Union has banned neonicotinoids for two years in response to scientific studies linking their use to the sudden death of entire beehives, a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Over the past six years, CCD has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives worth $2 billion. Bee colonies in the US are so decimated that it takes 60% of the nation’s bee population to pollinate a single crop, California almonds. And that’s not just a local problem; California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds.

Now environmental and food safety groups are seeking to overturn the EPA’s green-lighting of neonicotinoids in a series of lawsuits that for the first time invoke the US Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect the bees. “EPA inadequately considered, or ignored entirely, sulfoxaflor’s harm to pollinators and the significant costs that harm will impose on the agricultural economy, food security, and natural ecosystems,” attorneys for the nonprofit Center for Food Safety and other groups argued in a legal brief (PDF) filed in December in litigation aiming to revoke the approval of sulfoxaflor.

Another lawsuit filed in March in federal court in northern California by the Center for Food Safety asks a federal judge to overturn the EPA’s approval of two widely-used neonicotonioid pesticides called clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

Both cases argue that the EPA violated the ESA by failing to adequately consider the impact of the pesticides not just on honey bees but on a host of imperiled wildlife listed as threatened or endangered under federal law—from the Ohlone tiger beetle to the Quino checkerspot butterfly.

Read the full report, click here.

“Met Office to offer daily space weather forecasts”

Solar eruption Source: BBC News

According to BBC News report, Met office will begin offering “space weather forecasts” this coming Spring, amidst growing awareness that solar activity can have powerful effects on Earth’s grid.

Here’s more from the report:

The 24 hour service will aim to help businesses and government departments by providing early warnings of solar storms that can disrupt satellites, radio communications and power grids.

The first forecast is expected to be available next spring.

The Department for Business will support the scheme with £4.6m of funding over the next three years.

The Met Office will aim to develop better ways of predicting space weather in collaboration with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

UK partners involved in the project include the British Geological Survey, Bath University and RAL Space.

Space weather is driven by energetic particles from the Sun.

Solar flares and eruptions in the Sun’s atmosphere – known as coronal mass ejections – are powerful sources of potentially destructive solar storms.

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Polyfaces Farm, bringing animals and community back to the land

Polyfaces Farm in Virginia is working to bring sustainable agriculture back to this community.  Here’s more about the trailer for an upcoming film about Polyfaces:

‘Polyfaces’ is a biopic that charts the involvement of the Polyface Farm community of farmers, employees, interns, customers, animals & landscapes in the iconic Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, USA. This short trailer provides the viewer with a sense of the extremely high quality cinematography captured by European filmakers Alex Amengual & Hans Hansen along with up & coming Australian filmakers Isaebella Doherty & Lisa Heenan. Shot exclusively with Canon 5D DSLR cameras this film captures the emotion, beauty & reality of a whole ‘foodshed’ determined to change the current food system for the better.
Credits:
Producer, Director & Writer: Lisa Heenan
Editor/Post Production: Bergen O’Brien
Sound & Cinematography: Alex Amengual, Isaebella Doherty, Hans Hansen & Lisa Heenan
Narrator: Darren J. Doherty
Title: Pearl Doherty
Copyright 2013 Regrarians Ltd. (Australia)

To forget, if only for a second

Mimi Foundation description:

Published on 4 Dec 2013

20 cancer patients participated in a unique makeover experience.
They were invited to a studio. Their hair and makeup were completely redone.

During the transformation, they were asked to keep their eyes shut.
A photographer then immortalized the moment they opened their eyes.

This discovery allowed them to forget their illness, IF ONLY FOR A SECOND.
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