Friday, 25 August 2017

We'll Never Turn Back - Mavis Staples

La carrera musical de la gran Mavis Staples abarca más setenta años de gospel y rhythm and blues, míles de conciertos y decenas de discos. Una vida intensa marcada por su amor a la música y su compromiso social contra el racismo junto a Martin Luther King. Viendo lo que está pasando en Virginia, sus canciones suenan hoy más actuales que nunca. 
 

Friday, 28 July 2017

Chris Burkard: The joy of surfing in ice-cold water

Traveling to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, C. Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature and promote the preservation and value of wilderness. 

Monday, 26 June 2017

Salish Sea: A Legacy Moment

Since 2014, SeaLegacy has worked with grassroots partners to protect some of the most precious marine environments. Today, together with Salish Sea residents and neighbours, they pledging to protect this inner sea of outstanding universal cultural and environmental value.
 
Salish Sea - A Legacy Moment from Sea Legacy on Vimeo.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Enoughness: Cristina MIttermeier

Have you ever asked yourself how much is enough? Cristina MIttermeier's stunning images of indigenous peoples shine lights on conservation issues, culture and tradition to remind us that we are all part of an interconnected world where happiness is only due to 10% of material stuff.



Monday, 12 June 2017

Brexit

All of Europe’s history since the second world war tells us that the political class on the continent totally reject this view and will fight to the last breath to keep Europe together. Unlike the British Brexiteers, they know that the real alternative to the EU is the centuries-old curse of European civilisation: nationalism. As the former French president, Francois Mitterrand, put it in 1995 in his farewell speech to the European parliament: “le nationalisme: c’est la guerre’. In five simple words, that is the case for Europe.Roger Liddle.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

How Navigation Makes Us Human

Living implies change and thus movement, and since navigation is the art of computing where we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going, it's not an exaggeration to say that navigation in its myriad forms is not only a crucial survival tool but the prime expression of living. Our brains evolved by navigating (...) GPS and similar technologies over the last twenty years have rendered the hard-won navigational skills of individual humans obsolete. For the price of a smartphone or an internet connection, we can be led with astonishing precision to any point on the globe, and we don't need to know a single detail about how it's done. But does such ease come at a cost? Will putting all our faith in GPS and related technologies diminish us in some way? Does the ensuring inability to get lost somehow sap our ability to seek and find new directions geographical and otherwise?

George Michelsen Foy –Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Atlas for the End of the World

"Cartography is never merely about the drawing of maps: it is the making of worlds." — Brian Harley

Coming almost 450 years after the world's first Atlas, this Atlas for the End of the World audits the status of land use and urbanization in the most critically endangered bioregions on Earth. 
It does so, firstly, by measuring the quantity of protected area across the world's 36 biodiversity hotspots in comparison to United Nation's 2020 targets; and secondly, by identifying where future urban growth in these territories is on a collision course with endangered species. 

By bringing urbanization and conservation together in the same study, the essays, maps, data, and artwork in this Atlas lay essential groundwork for the future planning and design of hotspot cities and regions as interdependent ecological and economic systems.



Monday, 5 June 2017

Colombia's Lego Homes

More than 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, yet just a fraction of this is recycled. Most of the waste usually ends up in landfills, waterways and oceans. If we use just 2% of the waste plastic in the world, we can change the lives of millions.

Conceptos Plasticos, founded by architect Oscar Mendez, collects recyclable plastic material, melts it down and moulds it into bricks which are then used to build houses for the local community. The company has already helped to house 42 families displaced by conflict in the town of Guapi, Colombia, recycling 120 tonnes of plastic in the process.

Friday, 2 June 2017

The Boiling River - Andrés Ruzo

At a time when everything seems mapped, measured and understood, this river challenges what we think we know.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Eduardo Galeano: Muros


Los campamentos de refugiados, al sur de Argelia, están en el más desierto de los desiertos. Es una vastísima nada, rodeada de nada, donde sólo crecen las piedras. Y sin embargo, en esas arideces, y en las zonas liberadas, los saharauis han sido capaces de crear la sociedad más abierta, y la menos machista, de todo el mundo musulmán.

Los saharauis esperan. Están condenados a pena de angustia perpetua y de perpetua nostalgia. Los campamentos de refugiados llevan los nombres de sus ciudades secuestradas, sus perdidos lugares de encuentro, sus querencias: El Aaiún, Smara...Ellos se llaman hijos de las nubes, porque desde siempre persiguen la lluvia. Desde hace más de 30 años persiguen, también, la justicia, que en el mundo de nuestro tiempo parece más esquiva que el agua en el desierto. 







Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties. 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Brian Skerry: The ocean's glory — and horror

Brian Skerry is a National Geographic photojournalist who captures images that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea but also bring attention to the pressing issue which endanger our oceans. Using the camera as his tool of communication, Brian Skerry has spent the past three decades telling the stories of the ocean. His images portray not only the aesthetic wonder of the ocean but display an intense journalistic drive for relevance.