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Throughout the world, innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs are transforming their communities, making the dream of sustainable living a reality. The United Kingdom's push for sustainable housing developments raises awareness of energy efficiency and promotes eco-friendly home design. Cement alternatives developed in Australia reduce the carbon footprint for concrete production by 60%. Two industrial designers from Colombia are creating fashion items from recycled tires. In the Philippines, the inventor of coconut fiber nets shows how his company helps prevent devastating mudslides in the region and provides employment to locals.
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This ground-breaking series focuses on African innovation, addressing today's and tomorrow's problems with courage and imagination in equal measure. It is a fascinating look at how cutting-edge scientific technology from all over the world is being put to use to alleviate the problems faced by Africans today. The thirteen part series tells stories from all over Africa, and introduces the people who are doing great things -- from fighting the escalating gun crime in South Africa to unearthing and diffusing land mines in Mozambique; from astronomy to medicine; and from large scale engineering infrastructure to homegrown solutions to local problems -- creating a sustainable future for individuals, families, communities and nations. Along the scientific journey through the continent we are also treated to the workings of the largest telescope in the Southern hemisphere, stunning footage from the biggest game park in Namibia and inside information on how African athletes maintain their peak performances and prowess.
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This ground-breaking series focuses on African innovation, addressing today's and tomorrow's problems with courage and imagination in equal measure. It is a fascinating look at how cutting-edge scientific technology from all over the world is being put to use to alleviate the problems faced by Africans today. The thirteen part series tells stories from all over Africa, and introduces the people who are doing great things -- from fighting the escalating gun crime in South Africa to unearthing and diffusing land mines in Mozambique; from astronomy to medicine; and from large scale engineering infrastructure to homegrown solutions to local problems -- creating a sustainable future for individuals, families, communities and nations. Along the scientific journey through the continent we are also treated to the workings of the largest telescope in the Southern hemisphere, stunning footage from the biggest game park in Namibia and inside information on how African athletes maintain their peak performances and prowess.
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Can true happiness and success be measured by material possessions? What is the personal and global impact of our consumer culture? Is there an alternative? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many aspects of the growing "minimalist" movement that is challenging compulsory consumerism and seeking a different path. The authors of two best-selling books on minimalism, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, take viewers on a road trip across America that reveals the core ideas behind minimalism and meets people who share their transformational stories. Millburn and Nicodemus are friends from college who lived the corporate rat race only to find that it never really brought them happiness. Though their paychecks grew, the void in their lives remained the same. Each had their own personal breaking point that moved them away from the consumer lifestyle. From architects, designers, and musicians, to businessmen, authors, and families, the film explores the ways that many different types of people are attempting to live simpler, more meaningful lives, and their varied motivations for doing so. Among the leading voices in the minimalist movement the film visits with are: sociologist/author Juliet Schor, Zen Habit's Leo Babauta, Becoming Minimalist's Joshua Becker, neuroscientist/author Sam Harris, and Colin Beavan, aka "No Impact Man". Each lends their experience living a minimalist life and delves into the environmental, social and psychological wake that is the result of compulsive consumerism.
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Runa Co-Founder's and Co-CEO's Tyler Guage and Dan Maccombie discuss the company's sustainable beverage business with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's 'Taking Stock.'
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The Edmund Rice Sinon Secondary School in the city of Arusha in Northern Tanzania is doing more than almost anywhere in the world to preserve energy, water and raw materials - on a continent that is doing the least to contribute to global warming. The school's herd of 15 cows not only provides milk but also slurry which is supplemented by what's deposited in a toilet block and channelled into a large underground chamber where methane, or biogas, is collected and then pumped to the school's three kitchens. Almost every drop of water is recycled: what goes down the plug in a shower and laundry block is pumped onto the playing field while washing up water is used to create a pond and swamp for science lessons. Headteacher, Frank O Shea, his staff and pupils work hard to ensure nothing is wasted - sawdust from the carpentry workshop fuels another stove and even termite mounds are mixed with cement to build new classrooms.
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How the arrival of an environment co-ordinator at a Brighton Secondary helped cut carbon emissions and energy bills whilst encouraging green lessons When part-time teaching assistant Stephen Green started an eco club no-one could have predicted the impact he would make at Ringmer Community College, East Sussex. In just a few years the club went from a membership of 5 to more than 200 - that's a quarter of all pupils - and the school installed its first solar panels. The school kept up the environmental momentum by asking Stephen to become a dedicated environmental co-ordinator. Since then a wind turbine, a ground source heat pump and biomass boiler have appeared, at no cost to the school, drastically reducing both carbon emissions and energy bills. The green message has become part of teaching across the curriculum while green projects, such as turning scrap paper into notebooks, have raised money for charity.A finalist in the How Green is Your School Teachers TV competition.
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How one Primary school is embedding environmental issues into the curriculum across the whole year, including eco-themes for each year group and green summit meetings for pupils.St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary, Maidenhead is a centre of excellence for promoting sustainability and helping the environment. The school embedded the environment into the curriculum by introducing annual eco-doorways themes, such as waste, water and energy. The learning culminates in green summits when pupils share knowledge and views. The green policies are supported by a pupil eco-group and a governor with specific responsibility for sustainability. The school demonstrates its concern for the environment nursery and reception classes which are heated by warmth from the ground and insulated by recycled material. It's all part of the school's determination to teach children they can make a difference for the sake of the planet.A finalist in the How Green is Your School Teachers TV competition.
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We challenged one school to go green in one term. Can the head, Clive Owen, and his NQT green champion, Jordan Kelly, get the staff and pupils to stay on track and deliver on the quick wins?For Castle Vale Secondary School in Birmingham being environmentally friendly hasn't been high on their agenda to date, but now, with our help, this is all about to change.In this the final programme we see that the school has managed to make some real changes in the drive to become more sustainable. NQT Jordan Kelly visits a primary school in Oxfordshire that has recently installed a Wind Turbine to find out if Castle Vale should get one too. He works with a group of pupils helping to reduce their carbon footprint, and energy champion Ken Heaton returns to the school to check on progress, discuss their long term objective, and offer some much needed green christmas cheer.
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We challenged one school to go green in one term. Can the head, Clive Owen, and his NQT green champion, Jordan Kelly, get the staff and pupils to stay on track and deliver on the quick wins? For Castle Vale Secondary School in Birmingham being environmentally friendly hasn't been high on their agenda to date, but now, with our help, this is all about to change.In today's episode it seems that attitudes are beginning to chang within the school community. Pupils are charged with the responsibility of switching lights off and recycling paper, and a system of 'naming and shaming' teachers who waste energy is put in place. But it becomes apparent that what seems easy on paper is harder in practice, and after an energy report arrives it's clear they need some guidance before they invest in any energy and water saving measures.
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How one Secondary school has made a national impact with a twin approach to the environment: promoting sustainability and encouraging bio-diversity.Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton has both a sustainability coordinator and a bio-diversity coordinator. Together they've overseen a major environmental project to turn a derelict building into an eco-centre surrounded by managed woodland. The wood, which also has a large pond, provides locations for lessons on bio-diversity. The school has also contoured a stretch of chalk grassland to make a butterfly haven linked to the national Big Butterfly Count. The eco-centre, lit by a sun pipe and heated by solar power, provides opportunities for experiments on insulation. The whole school has gone green from textile classes creating fashions from recycled material to art students painting a huge mural to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity. A finalist in the How Green is Your School Teachers TV competition.
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California is one of the top surf locations in the world but threats to California's coastline have presented new challenges to surfers - and they ve developed their own unique response to sustaining the coastline. The Surfrider Foundation was set up 25 years ago in California and now has almost 60,000 activists and volunteers across the United States, and 80 chapters across the world.Universal Studios is one of the oldest and biggest film studios, and on an average summer's day 30,000 visitors take tours of the studio sets and sound stages, and enjoy rides on themed attractions in the park. Alongside its mission to entertain, Universal has recently adopted a number of environmental initiatives including cleaner, greener rides, like the new Simpsons ride.
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Going Green follows the stories of two schools where dedication and hard work are giving the staff and pupils a chance to help the environment. Both schools demonstrate their own approaches to going green. Kingsmead Primary School in Cheshire has been purpose built to be as sustainable as possible. At Dorothy Stringer High School in East Sussex, pupils and staff converted an unused outbuilding into an eco-centre from which a number of environmental projects are run.
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In this new environmental series, we look at the impact that our way of living has on people, animals, plant and landscapes around the world. 'Sustainable Futures' shares stories from all parts of the globe, and looks at how our actions have contributed to environmental changes, showing that everything is connected.
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Another gloom and doom film? No! Quite the contrary, this film revels in innovation, invention and creativity. An inspiring road map of successful ways to achieve sustainability through reinventing old business methods and finding new paths to healthy communities, protecting natural resources and attaining a more profitable bottom line.
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By mid-century, 90 percent of the world's commercial fish may be tapped out. But we're not sunk yet. FOOD FORWARD sets sail with a different breed of fishermen who make their living on the water while treading lightly upon it. Meet old school fishermen in the Pacific Northwest reviving the tuna industry, young fishermen (and women) creating Community Supported Fisheries along the Eastern seaboard and the next generation of fish farmers in western Massachusetts.

17. Ripe for change [2006]

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California -- always a fascinating marriage of opposite extremes -- is at a cross-roads in agriculture. Many Californians are struggling to fend off overdevelopment and the loss of farming lands and traditions while embracing innovative visions of agricultural sustainability. At the same time, California is where fast food was born and a center of the biotechnology industry and large corporate agribusiness. The debates raging in California over issues of food, agriculture, and sustainability have profound implications for all of America, especially in a world where scarcity is the norm and many natural resources are diminishing. This fascinating documentary explores the intersection of food and politics in California over the last 30 years. It illuminates the complex forces struggling for control of the future of California's agriculture, and provides provocative commentary by a wide array of eloquent farmers, prominent chefs, and noted authors and scientists. The film examines a host of thorny questions: What are the trade-offs between the ability to produce large quantities of food versus the health of workers, consumers, and the planet? What are the hidden costs of "inexpensive" food? How do we create sustainable agricultural practices? Through the "window" of food and agriculture, Ripe for Change reveals two parallel yet contrasting views of our world. One holds that large-scale agriculture, genetic engineering, and technology promise a hunger-less future. The other calls for a more organic, sustainable, and locally focused style of farming that reclaims the aesthetic and nurturing qualities of food and considers the impact of agriculture on the environment, on communities, and on workers. Ripe for Change was directed by award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori. Producers: Emiko Omori and Jed Riffe Director: Emiko Omori.
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Headteacher Helen Gill is on a mission to make St Mary's Primary School a sustainable school and wants the children to realise their role in caring for the environment. Bridgid Nzekwu and DCSF procurement expert Claire Dicks visit St. Mary's in Hertfordshire to see if they can help the school save money whilst going green. Can it be done? There are major challenges to address, like the energy-guzzling swimming pool and the old boilers. Bowbridge Primary School is further ahead with its green agenda. The school's new building boasts rainwater harvesting, solar panels, wood pellet boiler, sedum roof and a state-of-the-art energy monitoring system with a display panel in the atrium that shows children how much energy the building is using. And the pupils are all on board the green initiative, with eco-monitors in each class. But green energy-saving devices don't always come cheap. Bridgid and Claire return to St. Mary's to tell Helen the results of their research.
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This film tells the story of how going green has helped a Cheshire school to save money as well as inspire a whole new way of thinking.Head teacher Laura Daniels and Sustainability officer Freda Eyden describe how the green initiative at Woodheys Primary School in Sale started small over a decade ago.Within a few years the school had gained Green Flag status and the momentum began to build.Woodheys now has twelve solar panels, pupil energy monitors, a wild garden area and saves thousands of pounds on its energy bills.Every member of the school?s community is now involved in the environmental ethos, which has also won the school awards and brought international acclaim.
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  • Farming with nature : a case study of successful temperature permaculture
  • Aquaculture : the synergy of land and water
  • Terraces and raised beds.
This DVD contains all 3 films on the Austrian 'Agro-Rebel' Sepp Holzer, who simply observes nature and works with it quite successfully. He built one of the biggest functioning permaculture farms in Europe. Included are: Farming With Nature, Aquaculture, and Terraces and Raised Beds.

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