Love that animals share
The love that animals share for each other know no boundaries; watch this inspiring clip that will reassure you that humans should share love in the same way
Joshua Mills shares his love for growing
Artist Joshua Mills shares his love for growing his own food and explains that the satisfaction derived from working in the garden is something money cannot buy
Clip courtesy of Green Renaissance films
Footage courtesy of NASA
With fast-forwarded footage courtesy of NASA, watch as the world takes the form of a living creature, moving as one entity, reminding us of how we are all connected.
Survival of an endangered great white shark
Witness the survival of an endangered great white shark after being tangled up in a fishing line that was wrapped around its head. The people of Dyre Island conservation Trust and the Department of Oceans & Coasts saved the shark from a neae death experience.
Snuggle up with Gertjie the baby rhino; a phenomenal animal that has beaten the odds of survival
A set of tiger siblings having a swim
A set of tiger siblings having a swim at the Princess Alia Foundation Sanctuary in Jordan. Just goes to show not all cats are averse to a little dip ever now and then
An amazing video of a whale rescue with a surprising twist at the end.
Turning something very unlikely into melody.
Matt Damon will blow your mind
Matt Damon, a lifelong friend of Howard Zinn and his family, read excerpts from a speech Howard Zinn gave in 1970 as part of a debate on civil disobedience.
This performance was part of “The People Speak, Live!” with Matt Damon and Lupe Fiasco at the Metro in Chicago, on January 31, 2012, produced by Voices of a People’s History (peopleshistory.us) in collaboration with Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival.
Learn more at Facebook.com/VoicesofaPeoplesHistory and on Twitter @VPH.
Living In The Experience of Awe
The experience of awe- jaw dropping, world changing, mind bending awe- is not something that most people get to feel every day. It’s a powerful sensation, one that signifies suspension of belief, a shifting paradigm, a sense of wonder and amazement and it has the power to invigourate our lives.
Jason Silva, a ‘performance philosopher’, inspirational speaker, and host of National Geographic’s “Brain Power” runs a youtube channel dedictated to instilling the wonder of the universe in viewers through inspirational short videos that unpack some of history’s great thinkers, thoughts and ideas.
Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey has proposed that our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive.
Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. New episodes every Tuesday.
The Journey – Green Renaissance
Remind me, how many planets do we have?
We only have one, very beautiful, and quite fragile, planet. Tread lightly on it. Please!
In The Eye of The Whale (Video): High Definition Whale Photography
This beautiful and awe inspiring movie documents the tale of one man and his obsession to capture the grace and intelligence of the earth’s largest animal’s in their natural environment
“In the Eye of the Whale” provides a glimpse into photographer Bryant Austin’s efforts to compose and produce high resolution, life-size photographs of whales to share with global audiences with hopes of creating change.
Design By Nature: Biomimicry SA to host a groundbreaking ecological engineering workshop
Take a look at this video of Dr. Todd discussing the technology:
For more information on the work that Dr. Todd does visit www.toddecological.com.
Hydraulic Fracturing to be described as a ‘controlled activity’ (Money makes the World Go Around?)
Goukamma Nature Reserve: In Dire Straights
Goukamma Nature Reserve on the East Coast of South Africa is one of the countries most valuable Marine Protected Areas. Sadly, the reserve has been making headlines lately after a bulk rice carrier, the Kianai Satu, has run aground releasing, according to moderate estimates, at least 70 tons of oil into the sea.
Watch the video of the spill footage, as compiled by Whitehead below:
Growing Shiitake Mushrooms: A Green Renaissance Video
The latest in the series of DIY videos by Green Renaissance takes a look at the patient art of growing your own Shiitake mushrooms from a log.The team were inspired to discover more about how to grow your own mushrooms at the recent Be Inspired talk, where Gary “the mushroom guy” explained how easy it is. They spent a morning filming with Gary in order to share his knowledge, and inspire others to try growing their own mushrooms.
Show Some Class, Respect The Grass – Grass Whisperer
Leannda Reddy didn’t need to call on her ancestors to recognise a good cause when she saw one. Mindful, though, that they would have been proud of her, Leannda took on her role with grace. She realised that nature feeds many needs – from our spirit to our stomachs – and that drawing attention to this range of often unseen but important roles was something she needed to do, for the past, the present, and the future.
There is a spiritual connection to nature that few can deny. Nature is in fact at the heart of many religions and cultures, particularly those still closely connected to nature. There are many farmers in the grasslands who are the unseen heroes of grasslands conservation. They have been farming their land for generations in a way that sustains the rich biodiversity and important services that their livelihoods depend on. The Grasslands Programme works closely with these partners in the agricultural sector to conserve grasslands biodiversity in the largest land use user in the biome. Cattle-farming is the most biodiversity-friendly land use in the biome. Working towards a brighter, sustainable future means recognising and nurturing our connections to nature. Visit www.grasslands.org.za for more information.
No Laughing Matter: Be A Hero- Save The Grass
We all need a life-saver sometimes, and Chris Mapane is the grassland’s. Grass is in his blood, and in his comedy too. Chris hails from the Free State – maybe that’s where he gets his sense of humour from, and his love for the grasslands. Very pleased that he could use his talents – making people laugh – for a worthwhile cause,Chris wrote the script for this spot.
It is in the grasslands biome where some of the critical trade offs linked to coal mining , energy, food and water production, and biodiversity play out. Wholesale conversion of working, living landscapes by coal mining is not good for our economy (beware the big fish!).While we need coal, we also need healthy, intact ecosystems to enable us to cope with the impacts of climate change. The Grasslands Programme is working towards greener economies by partnering with mining companies who want to be at the forefront of environmentally and socially responsible mining.
Be a hero, save the grass…love the grass
For more information on this and other comedy skits click here
Food For Thought: Permaculture In School’s Documentary
The Afristar Foundation, an organisation focussed on promoting ‘green’ futures around the concept of a nature based economy, recently released a short documentary which examines the rising movement of school gardens nationwide, powered by organisations such as SEED and Food and Trees For Africa that have developed permaculture school programs which facilitate practical learning scenarios for children focussed on a diversity of topics, from soil science to health and nutrition.
View the inspirational video below to find out more: