A love letter to conservation, our changing climate, and the difference one person can make in a great big world. This is the quiet story of Sonam Phuntsho, a forest caretaker in the Kingdom of Bhutan, who has spent the last 60 years planting over 100,000 trees by hand.
A film by Matthew K. Firpo
Produced by Finn Harries
Cinematographer | Jeremy Snell (JeremySnellDP.com)
Editor | Stephen Michael Simon (StephenMichaelSimon.com)
Colorist | Carlos Flores (Flores.film)
Original Score | Gavin Brivik (GavinBrivik.com)
Associate Producer | Jack Harries
Sound Design & Mix | Sean Higgins
Assistant Camera | Gary Bardizbanian
Local Guide | Sangay Wangchuck
Special Thanks | Richard Edwards, Rachel Bloodworth, Tenzin Rabgye, Dechen Dorji, and Nima
British Barrister calls for new Criminal Law
to protect People and Planet
“COP negotiations cannot address climate breakdown until
Ecocide is recognized as an international crime.”
On the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, British Barrister, Polly Higgins says it’s now time for a new Criminal Law of Ecocide to protect the rights of the Earth. As COP24 negotiators squabble and fail to accept the recent IPCC report that they themselves commissioned, Ms Higgins proposes a more muscular approach to the global environmental crisis.
We were very blessed to meet Philip last year and his wonderful project Otepic.
Philip needs some help buying some bricks at 1$ a brick for his amazing project Otepic in East Kenya.
OTEPIC was established in 2008 as a grassroots community project in Kitale, a city in Western Kenya.
From the start, @Philip Odhiambo Munyasia mobilized young people and women’s groups from Kitale’s slums. The aim was to grow their own food, plant trees for reforestation, ensure sustainable water supply, use renewable energies, develop community building and to find peaceful solutions for (tribal) conflicts.
When the Rome Statute, one of the possibly most powerful and important documents in the world was drafted, environmental crimes where on the list of possible crimes against peace and security of mankind.
But it was removed without vote and without any reason given. This was possible because it has not been in the public domain. But these times have changed.
Since the 1970’s Majuli islander Jadav Payeng has been planting trees in order to save his island. To date he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC. His forest has transformed what was once a barren wasteland, into a lush oasis.
Humble yet passionate and philosophical about his work. Payeng takes us on a journey into his incredible forest.
A co-production between:
Polygon Window Productions: polygonwindowproductions.com
Title Media: http://www.titlefilms.be
Tree Conference founder Suzi Martineau talks to Campfire Convention’s Pete Lawrence and reflects on this year’s conference, shifts in thinking, social change, politics and tree hugging. www.campfireconvention.com www.thetreeconference.com
The Tree Conference and associated network provide support to individuals and groups working to take care of trees, reforest the planet, regenerate habitats for wildlife, research emerging tree ecosystem science at this time. Our core aims: 1) Profile the amazing projects and methods globally to meet IPCC pathways for reforestation, afforestation and soil sequestration. 2) Highlight the emerging science and best practice around tree ecosystems in the media and education. 3) To halt deforestation of ancient growth forests through supporting legal advances and forest defenders. Go to www.thetreeconference.com to find out more, explore partnerships, volunteer or join our email newsletter list. The Tree Conference Network is a project under the charitable status of internationaltreefoundation.org and works in close collaboration with TreeSisters.org.
Gandhi said, “If we are to achieve lasting peace, we must begin with the children.” This beautiful video, created by Beverly Woodworth, highlights the heart and soul of Kids for Peace. Kids for Peace is a global nonprofit dedicated to uplifting our world through love and action. You may learn more at www.kidsforpeaceglobal.org
The seeds of a better food system. In Our Hands explores a quiet revolution that is transforming the way our food is produced and distributed. Our current industrial food system is a vast and wheezing giant that is only upheld by a stilted subsidy regime that pays out to landowners and leaves many farmers by the wayside. But from the hedge-rows and by-roads, the fields and furrows can now be heard the stirring of change! Stories from the global South have inspired farmers and food workers in our snug little island, with the idea of food sovereignty and a global movement to take back control of the food system. From the grazier reviving the art of pasture, to the grower erecting a poly-tunnel in the heart of East London or the farmer saving a handful of ancient grain, a new agricultural landscape is emerging. Here rural traditions meet modern innovations in a new food system that will bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato! Throughout the tumultuous summer of the Brexit referendum the Landworkers’ Alliance joined forces with two film-makers, to unearth the farms and faces that are making this change happen. We stand on the brink, the future is uncertain, but the seeds of a better food system are In Our Hands! Contact the In Our Hands team at email@example.com or go to inourhands.film. Credits Producer – Humphrey Lloyd Producer – Holly Black Director – Jo Barker Director – Sylvie Planel Editor – Jo Barker Camera – Jason Brooks Additional Camera – Nick Street Additional Camera – Matthias Ashford Illustrations – Rosanna Morris Animator – Tashina Alam Grade – Jason Brooks Original Score – Ben Osborn Sound Mix and Design – Gary Fawle Archive – Shutterstock Archive – La Via Campesina Archive – The Landworkers’ Alliance
This powerful spoken word poem, performed by youth advocate Jaiia Cerff, is a perfect reminder of the simple things that make our world a better place.
Join us on the International Day of Peace, September 21st, 2013 to create a Moment of World Peace. Hundreds of cities grounding inner peace into the foundation that affects all life systems on earth. Our goal is to catalyze a global synchronized moment of intention in 500+ cites around the world. Last year, 248 cities participated in BeThePeace, and it created a wave that continues to grow. Attend an event in your city or organize your own. Please Invite your friends and family to join you. People are organizing meditation flash mobs, yoga mobs, musical celebrations, qi gong classes, EarthDances and drum circles at 12:00 Midnight GMT all over the world. We invite you to align to the Unified Wave of Peace — get creative and organize something that inspires you! Together, our love and joy will create a Moment of World Peace. UNIFY http://unify.org
“I believe with all my heart that we can create cities and towns that are functioning like a forest. How to really thrive on this planet is all around us.” – Sue Swain Follow more of Sue’s work in the field of biomimicry, at www.biowise.org.za
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