Mother Earth: she’s alive… beautiful… finite… and she needs care
Ulu said, “listen to the air, to the plants, to the animals, the insects, and the trees. These are all parts of her body, as we are part of it; we come from her, the Earth, all of us. None is better than another. None is more important. It’s the web of life you have heard about, and it’s true.”
Lone Journeyman book 3: New Lands by Frank Reliance.
Speaker: Ha-Joon Chang. Animator: Cognitive Media. Producer: Abi Stephenson
This video-clip explains why everyone can and should understand basic economics. It’s created by Ha-Joon Chang, a South Korean institutional economist specialising in development economics and currently a reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge. He pulls reveals the mystifying language of derivatives and quantitative easing, and explains how easily economic myths and assumptions become gospel. Get the facts yourself and get involved in discussions about the fundamentals that underpin our day-to-day lives.
Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard, Louis Fox, and Jonah Sachs; directed by Louis Fox; produced by Free Range Studios
The Story of Stuff looks at the underside of our production and consumption. It connects a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It teaches you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.
This video, in French, helps children to understand why bees are so necessary to us and to the Earth, who their predators are, why it’s dangerous if they disappear, what pollination is … why we need bees so much.
This is the video of a book by Shel Siverstein. It tells the story of an apple tree and her love for a little boy; and the happiness she feels when he visits; and how the little boy changes as he grows up …
This short video, done by Oxfam, a NGO, promotes their “Grow Campaign” and calls the World Bank to react to it. But it also has an interesting narrative and animations that explain simply how big foreign companies invest in poor countries to produce cheap food, and how this affects the local population, takes away peoples’ lands, their jobs, homes and food, and makes them poor.
This short video, made by Oxfam, a NGO, highlights the huge financial gap between the richest and the poor and poverty’s increase in the world. It mentions corruption and lobbying in law-making processes, the fact that inequalities are even worse for women. Finally, it tells us that inequalities are not accidental or inevitable: they are the result of policies taken by the most powerful… But the situation can be changed if we, the people, push governments to adopt fair tax systems and to use public money efficiently, for promoting health and education.
This French documentary, recently made by a teenage boy of 17, Guillaume Thébault. He interviews experts in botany, economics, permaculture, a molecular biologist and expert in GMO, and others, in his search for information to answer the question “can green agriculutre feed humanity sustainably” ?
This is an illustrated version of the famous Danish fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen It’s the story of a young fir-tree which lives in the forest among other fir-trees, pines and small animals and is growing up enjoying sunshine and fresh air. Then one day, the little fir-tree is cut down and set up in a house as Christmas decoration. Quickly after celebrations, it is taken to the attic, where it meets some mice …
This is an illustrated version of a French tale written by Jean Giono. It’s about Elzéard Bouffier, a young shepherd who lives alone in a desolated, desert region. He spends most of his life planting trees. Thanks to his work and persistence, the land becomes alive and lively.