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4Ocean Removes Trash from the Ocean

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4Ocean raises money by selling bracelets made of recycled materials. The funding has enabled 4Ocean to remove nearly 1 million pounds of trash from the sea. Working world wide and employing 150 people, the company is growing and adding more locations for trash extraction. Each bracelet sold pays to remove one pound of trash. www.4Ocean.com

Mardy Murie

A look back at Mardy Murie, advocate for the natural world.

Winner of the Film4Climate competition

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As the human population continues to grow, so does our impact on the environment. In fact, recent research has shown that three-quarters of Earth’s land surface is under pressure from human activity. In this short film, spoken word artist Prince Ea makes a powerful case for protecting the planet and challenges the human race to create a sustainable future. Winner of the Film4Climate competition organized by the Connect4Climate Program of the World Bank (film4climate.net).

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Our Future

Morgan Freeman narrates this hopeful, must-watch short film about the need to solve the climate change problem. Video by the United Nations.

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Chaz Bears: Finding Balance for Wildlife and Roadways in Florida's Nature Coast

This film reveals the challenges the black bear populations faced in the Chassahowitzka and Nature Coast region in the southeastern US. See how the Florida Wildlife Corridor is working to protect habitats and lessening roadway impacts with wildlife through culverts that go below roadways. The Corridor was conceived in the 1990s, and is working to bring back the bear population (and other wildlife) to this Nature Coast region by making safe habitat pathways. This effort is not only made up of local government entities but private parties as well. The Florida Wildlife Corridor organization champions the public and partner support needed to permanently connect, protect and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor – a statewide network of lands and waters that supports wildlife and people. For more information click here.

 

 

Theodore Roosevelt's Conservation Influences

 

Theodore Roosevelt was a great lover of nature long before he became president of the United States in 1901. From boyhood throughout his adult life, Roosevelt's enthusiasm for conservation was encouraged and shaped by several influential figures. Early on, TR's uncle, Robert Barnwell Roosevelt inspired his nephew with his tireless struggles on behalf of conservation policy. Later, Roosevelt would meet the naturalists John Burroughs, George Bird Grinnell, and American Museum of Natural History ornithologist, Frank Chapman. During his presidency, Roosevelt would call upon them as trusted advisors. One of his greatest political allies in the crusade to preserve America's natural beauty was Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

How Algae Could Change the Fossil Fuel Industry

Algae is one of the most powerful sources of energy we have access to on Earth. When dried algae is ground into a powder and refined, oil can be extracted from it. The result is nearly identical to traditional gasoline, but with far more benefits. Not only can algae create biofuel, it can also be used to create animal feed.

 

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Methane Bigger Problem than Carbon
The Environmental Defense Fund is planning to launch a satellite that will monitor methane pollution worldwide. The MethaneSAT will measure methane pollution from oil and gas facilities globally with exacting precision. The data collected will allow for precise mapping of methane-leaking facilities. The evidence should motivate the offending companies to take action to stop the leaks. It will also arm communities with data to take action if the offenders do not police themselves.

 

April 18, 2018

Help Clean the Ocean, Buy a Bracelet

4Ocean offers bracelets made from recycled materials, and every bracelet purchased helps fund Ocean Cleanup programs.

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April 11, 2018

Help Save the Giant Panda

There are only 1864 wild pandas left in the world today. The Giant Panda habitat has been reduced to critical levels as less than 5% of their natural habitat area remains. The Giant Panda’s diet is 99% bamboo but human activity and natural disasters have destroyed much of their critical food source. To help ensure the survival of this endangered animal, China has established several Giant Panda Breeding Centers and Reserves. Pandas International also helps to supports the Chinese Panda Centers with incubators, medical equipment, vaccines, formula, GPS collars, bamboo reforestation, and more. Endangered means we have time – Extinction is FOREVER. Donate today at www.pandasinternational.org.

 

April 3, 2018

For more than 30 years a man by the name of Dick Proenneke lived alone in the Alaskan Bush. His only neighbors were the wolves and grizzly bears and his only transportation was his canoe and a good set of legs.

March 20, 2018

The Intelligence of Elephants

February 20, 2018

Animated Paper Wildlife -- Short Film Showcase
An ordinary desk and typical office supplies are the backdrop for this micro-universe that carries the macro-message of wildlife conservation. While humans are left out of the piece, their impact is still present in a discarded cigarette butt that sparks an imaginary forest fire and an overflowing wastebasket that pollutes a fantastical rolling-chair river. This piece is part of the filmmakers' MOME thesis project, the animation department at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary and was created for WWF Hungary.

February 14, 2018

Our Beautiful Seas

The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s voice to protect the seas, shores and wildlife. They safeguard fish stocks and tackle pollution across the British seas. They influence policy and law beneath the waves. The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading marine charity.

February 7, 2018

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot
“The Earth is a very small stage in a cosmic arena.” It is hard to believe that Carl Sagan has been gone nearly 22 years. His insight is as fresh today as it was in the 1990s. This film short put to his words reminds us that we are the only stewards of our planet. As Sagan himself said: “There is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”

January 16, 2018

Plastic Ocean

United Nations – Plastic: both a wonderful invention and a scourge on our planet. Over 300 million tons will be produced this year. Most is never recycled and remains on our land and in our seas forever. Our story shows the damage to all creatures who depend on the ocean for their food – from birds… to us.

 

January 9, 2018

Sylvia Earle on the blue heart of the planet

Sylvia Earle shares her thoughts on the "blue heart of the planet" and discusses how the new national ocean policy is a cause for hope.

Protect Life on Earth

We have reached a moment where the actions and decisions we make will determine whether or not our children will live in a world with magnificent animals like elephants, swim in an ocean filled with iridescent corals and marine life, or stroll through a dense forest. The World Wildlife Fund’s PSA series is designed to make people think about the choices they make and how it will affect our planet.

Working Together to Solve Big Problems

More than 40 years ago, during South Africa's bleak and racist apartheid era, two men joined forces to bring the white rhino back from the brink of extinction. These men, a white and black South African, Ian Player and Magqubu Ntombela, went on to found the WILD Foundation to foster international collaboration for the protection of nature and the defense of our wild planet. WILD continues the legacy of its founders, embracing ambitious new solutions that achieve on-the-ground results for wilderness and the natural processes that serve all life. Solutions that include you. Join the movement to defend wild nature!

Jane Goodall – Mother Earth

“Each and everyone of us makes a difference each and every day and we have a choice, what kind of difference are we going to make?”
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.”
Jane Goodall

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Good News

We all know the bad news when it comes to climate change. What most people don’t know is that there is also a lot of good news. In this video we explore some of that good news, like the fact that real solutions exist and that we’re already seeing the benefits of them. Climate Reality Project.

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New film about Thoreau’s “Walden” from Ken Burns

A beautiful film about Henry David Thoreau's book "Walden" produced by Ken Burns with many familiar faces and voices. See it in full now (about 22 min). Thanks to the Walden Woods Project.

LPG Stoves Are a Win – Win

This film from National Conservation Foundation (India) illustrates that in most villages that surround forests, people depend on firewood for their daily energy needs. The harvest of firewood leads to degradation of wildlife habitats and hardships on the villagers, especially women, as they walk long distances to gather the firewood, are susceptible to wildlife encounters and are affected by the smoke from cooking fires. NFC is providing Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stoves to families and the film shows not only the benefits of these new stoves but also the issues that kept potential users from wanting to try the new stoves. NCF is devoted to science-based and socially responsible conservation of India's wildlife and natural ecosystems. NCF is a non-profit organization that believes in carrying out innovative research into conservation issues and translating this knowledge of ecology and society into imaginative and locally-appropriate on-ground solutions.  http://www.ncf-india.org

Between Earth and Sky

This short film shows the signs visible today about how our climate is changing as scientists examine the permafrost layer in Alaska. What can be done to reverse the warming? The full-length film will then automatically load if you want to see more after this short trailer.

The Problem of Farming Wild Animals
Breeding lions and other big game for canned hunting is happening in South Africa and other places. Akin to “puppy mills” many are treated badly, starved, and live in overcrowded conditions. Is there honor in hunting animals that are being raised this way? For more information on the captive lion industry, cub petting and canned hunting, please visit. If you would like to assist the NSPCA Wildlife Protection Unit, please visit

Native american secrets lie buried in huge shell mounds

Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme

Sanjay Gubbi, ILCW member (India) and winner of the Whitley Award is working to protect tigers in India. Noticing that many people were dependent on the local forest for cooking fuel, which was depleting the tiger habitat, Gubbi and IUCN’s Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme provided cooking stoves to the communities. The stoves used alternate energy sources eliminating the need to gather fuel from the forests and the stoves burned cleaner alleviating a lot of the smoke (and lung damage) caused by burning wood. The time saved by not having to gather wood got more children to school on time thus impacting their education in a positive way.

The Power and Promise of Traditional Knowledge | Robin Wall Kimmerer

Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer on Western science and indigenous traditional knowledge. This interview was recorded as part of the Public Lands Gatherings. More at: grandcanyontrust.org/public-lands-gatherings

Sylvia Earle

First Woman Named Chief Scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

TIME has a series of short films celebrating Women Firsts. This one is about Oceanographer and environmental hero Sylvia Earle.

September 12, 2017

Why Patagonia is Fighting for Public Lands
Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia's founder, is standing up for public lands in the US. President Trump wants to sell off the public lands and open them up to development and mineral extraction. Yvon makes a good argument, these lands belong to all of the people in America, not to the corporate interests who would take them from the American people. Patagonia has made a number of short films to enlighten the argument.

Also, watch this next video, “The Truth of Bears Ears National Monument.” What every American and every person concerned with having natural areas saved for future generations should know.

Chasing Coral

Beneath the waves, coral reefs are dying on a massive scale. These scientists and filmmakers are fighting to stop it. Chasing Coral is from Jeff Orlowski the director of Chasing Ice, and shows the dire state that the Great Barrier Reef is in -- 22 percent of it died in 2016. If actions are not taken to halt the warming of our planet we will lose coral ecosystems and in turn, 25 percent of all marine life on the planet. Not to mention the impact on the estimated one billion people who depend on corals for their food and livelihood.  You can watch Chasing Coral on Netflix:

August 15. 2-17

The Hive sculpture at Kew Garde
An open-air structure standing at 17 metres tall and weighing in at 40 tonnes, The Hive encapsulates the story of the honey bee and the important role of pollination in feeding the planet, through an immersive sound and visual experience.

August 8, 2017

Earth is Our Home—Let's Protect It
Humans aren't separate from nature, we're part of it. Let's make our planet proud.
National Geographic Society partnered with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the 2016 World Conservation Congress in making this video.

 

August 1, 2017

New Caledonia's Natural Park of the Coral Sea is the largest marine protected area in the world. This grand commitment protects 1.3 million square km of stunning marine ecosystems, teeming with diverse wildlife, and essential to the wildlife, and essential to the wellbeing of its people.

June 27, 2017

Paul Barton plays the piano for blind, injured and orphaned elepahants at a sancturary in Thailand.
" I wanted to see if the elephants -- and other animals, such as cows, buffaloes and ducks at the sanctuary would listen to music."

July 5

What Plants Talk Abouit

When we think about plants, we don't often associate a term like "behavior" with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

June 21, 2017

Fighting for survival

 A pair of endangered pileated gibbons took their first steps towards a new beginning in the wild in the forest surrounding the Angkor Temple Complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Born to parents rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, the gibbon pair was mother-raised at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center and has been living in a rehabilitation enclosure in Siem Reap since June with limited human presence.

 

June 21, 2017

Under The Canopy (360 video)
Conservation International Journey through the Amazon Rainforest and feel like you are there but without the humidity and bugs. Use your mouse to look up, behind you, and all around. The film is narrated by indigenous guide, Kamanja Panashekung, and actor Lee Pace. You can also view this in virtual reality on any VR headset via the Jaunt VR app

June 6, 2017

Emography

Huh Hwe-tae, the inventor of "emography" or a new art form of painting and calligraphy demonstrates his technique. He has merged the two forms based on the nature of things after 50 years of experience.

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May 30, 2017

How We Can Keep Plastics Out of Our Ocean

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National Geographic short film. Plastic pollution poses one of the biggest known threats to the ocean, influencing all ecosystems from beautiful coral reefs to abyssal trenches, eventually accumulating in our own food. Learn more about how to upend the current system of produce-use-discard, and transition to a system which promotes reuse and repurposing of plastics.

May 23, 2017

Our Future | Narrated by Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman narrates this hopeful, must-watch short film about the need to solve the climate change problem. Video by the United Nations

 

 

May 15, 20167

American Inspiration: Wilderness

The story of 1964 Wilderness Act—its birth, support, and betrayal This film shows the seamy side of big money over the natural world. Pressure from the exploitative Industries, misguided decisions making process within the nature conservation movement and an influx of money is seriously threatening the underlying basic principles of the wilderness act. Man cannot and will not be human without nature.
Produced by Lanny Cotler and Paul Edwards

May 3

The Nature Fix

What Happens When You Spend Just 5 Minutes in Nature?

May 2, 2017

Earth Optimism

celebrating a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope.

 

March 20, 2017

Can 3D Printing Rhino Horns Stop Poaching in Africa?">

If they are going to be selling their artificial rhino horn for 1/10th the price of the real thing, that means they'll be getting approximately $3,000 - $6,000 per kilogram for their cheaply printed product.

 

April 5, 2017

An Amazing Thing About Trees

Trees create immense negative pressures of 10's of atmospheres by evaporating water from nanoscale pores, sucking water up 100m in a state where it should be boiling but can't because the perfect xylem tubes contain no air bubbles, just so that most of it can evaporate in the process of absorbing a couple molecules of carbon dioxide. Now I didn't mention the cohesion of water (that it sticks to itself well) but this is implicit in the description of negative pressure, strong surface tension etc.

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