by Claudia Chan | With the world’s demand for energy booming, Enbridge begging for a pipeline stretching from northern Alberta to BC, Kinder Morgan wanting to increase the number of tankers right here in Burrard Inlet, and Haliburton fracking on indigenous land to extract natural gas, British Columbians face a battery of increasingly clear and present dangers to their environmental and physical health. Filmmakers Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher of Fractured Land (fracturedland.com) are trying to tell us this important story through the prism of Caleb Behn, a young First Nations lawyer from northeastern BC who is working to defend his peoples’ land from some of the most intense industrial activity in the world. Having followed Caleb for two years now, the filmmakers are currently raising funds through Indiegogo to complete their documentary ($28,000 raised so far, with a little over a day left in the campaign). Check out the trailer above.
Claudia Chan is an advocate of all things green. Born and raised in Vancouver, she is inspired by the work of local urban farmers, eco artists and policy makers who make this city the most lush and livable to work and play in. Her mission with Scout and her “Greenlight” column is to impart her enthusiasm for bike lanes, community gardens, farmers’ markets and more to her fellow Vancouverites.
The GOODS from Campagnolo Roma
Vancouver, BC | Restauranteurs Tom Doughty and Robert Belcham and Executive Chef Ted Anderson have been working to transform their entire restaurant family (Campagnolo Restaurant, Fat Dragon Bar-B-Q and Campagnolo ROMA) into environmentally friendly, zero waste businesses (the goal of a zero waste business is to eliminate landfill garbage which creates harmful greenhouse gases). Campagnolo ROMA is the first of the three restaurants to complete the transition and has been enrolled in the Recycle – Now! Total Solution program since opening day. Recycle-Now! is assisting Campagnolo ROMA to create zero waste. All waste products created by the restaurant are recycled for reuse. All paper, cardboard, soft and hard plastics, glass and plastic containers are recycled; even food is recycled through composting and local soil production. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
Check out Shelter, an excellent short film on Lloyd Kahn – a societal refugee, home guru and likely master of the freakin’ universe…
Lloyd Kahn claims that shelter is more than a roof over your head. As the author and publisher of over a dozen books on home construction, Lloyd has been grappling with the concept of home, physically and psychically, for over five decades. Situated in the financial and housing crisis, this film profiles Lloyd’s ideas on do-it-yourself construction and sustainability.
It’s just so…yesterday. Try living – like Rishi Sowa does- on an island made of plastic bottles.
From 1998 to 2005, Rishi Sowa hand-built and lived on the first Spiral Island, which floated on over 300,000 recycled bottles. It was destroyed by Hurricane Emily in 2005. Rishi has now built an even better island at Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in a lagoon which offers shelter from bad weather. Rishi will continue to make improvements to the Island, so it will always be a eco-work-of-art in progress…
I suppose it’s easier when you’re a little bonkers and quick to be distracted by “on-usual eeensectz”…
A conservation advocacy group from Santa Monica made this fantastic short film detailing how a “wild” plastic bag “migrates” to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the middle of the ocean. That it’s narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons makes it doubly awesome. If you watch just one thing today, this should be it.
PS. Beware the Yorkie!
Surely this electric-powered Tesla sports car with its eco-smug personalised license plate is on its way to LAX for a private jet joyride (via The Daily What).
via Ad Freak:
It’s bad enough that Greenpeace is a pine needle in the ass and fishhook in the eye of hard-working loggers and whalers worldwide. (Loggers and whalers breaking the law? As if!) Now, the environmental group is exploiting the World Cup with the Australian spot below, which claims, “Every two seconds an area of forest the size of a football pitch is being cut down.” What’s their point? No endangered species inhabits a football pitch, unless you count the U.S. national team. The graphic in the spot shows green match-head trees covering a soccer field. They’re set ablaze, and flames engulf the goal.
Ben Lee’s “Song for the Divine Mother of the Universe” gets loaned to a top drawer ad agency producing on a World Wildlife Fund brief (via TDW): humans send a monkey to space (as we so often like to do) and it comes back decades later to find his home in tatters and his masters gone. Pretty impactful stuff (and much better than the gratuitous Peter Gabriel headline).
Today, if you didn’t already know, was World Water Day, and in its honour we’re putting up this brand new shortdoc, The Story of Bottled Water, for your enjoyment.
The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.
You can count on East Broadway’s Rhizome Cafe to always come up with some pretty solid community-oriented events. This week they’re screening the documentary Blue Gold (by the same producers as “The Corporation.”) which will be followed by a discussion on local efforts to conserve and protect water. It’s all going down in anticipatory recognition of World Water Day on March 22.
In honour of World Water Day, we’ll reflect on organizing successes internationally and locally. What can we do nationally and provincially to protect our commons? We’ll screen the film “Blue Gold”. Information on other WWD events will be available. Proceeds will go to Partners in Health for water support in Haiti.
(Via Sully) Watch this profoundly humanist anti-deforestation ad by Maya Lin. The basic visual arithmetic of loss of habitat + global warming + mass extinctions = you losing your favourite city park might not balance out, but that doesn’t make the final minute or so with the tree felling seen in reverse any less poignant. Can you imagine Stanley Park gone in sixty seconds? I’d rather not. More at WhatIsMissing.net.
The saddest story in the world as of 2pm today comes to us via the Huffington Post:
“A marine biologist says he has discovered a new crab species off the coast of southern Taiwan that looks like a strawberry with small white bumps on its red shell.
National Taiwan Ocean University professor Ho Ping-ho says the crab resembles the species living in the areas around Hawaii, Polynesia and Mauritius. But it has a distinctive clam-shaped shell about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) wide, making it distinct.
Taiwanese crab specialist Wang Chia-hsiang confirmed Ho’s finding.
Ho said Tuesday his team found two female crabs of the new species last June off the coast of Kenting National Park, known for its rich marine life. The crabs died shortly thereafter, possibly because the water in the area was polluted by a cargo ship that ran aground.”
And just like that, the strawberry crab enters and exits. No word yet on what the researchers ate instead.
A new ad brings the high environmental costs of commercial flying down to earth, rather literally.