|Title||The 4th Revolution: energy autonomy|
|Director(s)||Carl A. Fechner|
|Date released (year)||2011|
|Production company||Fechner Media|
|Length||8mins (trailer to full length feature film)|
|eywords/tags||Energy, sustainability, technology|
|Link to film||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15S-Pz3s3Rg
|Synopsis||We know that we can do something.
Sun, wind, hydro and geothermal energy are natural sources accessible to everyone all over the world without making any difference. And they are renewable, free and available in the long run. Only the widespread knowledge about the possibilities of renewable energy can ignite an international movement and take the absolutely necessary energy transition. We need a quickly enlightening medium that conveys this knowledge comprehensible and compactly. This can be provided by a great documentary. We have made it.
|Reviews/discussion||a great, informative, realistic and well done movie/documentary on the upcoming change/opportunity behind renewable energies. the movie is entirely sponsored/funded by single individuals with no support/influence of any governmental organization whatsoever. it covers a broad spectrum of existing realities and sheds its light on future perspectives: the transformation of currant energetic, ecologic and economic crisis into a process of democratization and global solution. the movie starts in los angeles with hermand scheer, expert of ren. energy, scientist, author and alternative nobel price winner, pointing out critical words to the current model of architecture…. >>
that is not implementing minimally solar and renewable technology on its high-rise buildings and general urban design. It further brings you to the innovative -Nordic Folk Center- in Denmark, where clean renewable energy has been introduced since 30 years successfully providing now a whole region with sufficient energy coming from 100% renewable sources. The Center is today a shining example for the world and many students from all over the world come here to learn and expand their knowledge. Like Malinese Ibrahim Togola, here for one year and now developing, with the support of its government, renewable energy projects into the small rural communities of his country. The Movie continues to Bangladesh with Muhammad Yunu (”The Banker of the Poor” Nobel Price Winner for Micro-Credits) where woman co-operatives started to educate their communities and families introducing solar panel in their villages and gaining so major financial and individual independence from the urban cities. Germany, China, The Amazons – the movie takes various looks at individuals and protagonist as projects, debunking the myth that ‘renewable energy’ is an unrealistic affair so often propagated by media and high corporate ranks that are fearing the loss of power and money behind such a much awaited and inevitable process.
African renewables potential mapped
1 March 2012 |
Some of the best potential for solar power is in the Sahara belt
European Commission Joint Research Centre
Tapping into Africa’s renewable energy could transform living standards across the continent, according to a report that has mapped the potential of renewables in the region.
The report aims to help African governments set up renewable energy plans, and has called for the urgent transfer of relevant knowledge to research and technology partners in Africa.
“Only if much of the research, prototyping, demonstration and large-scale deployment are done by African people, one can accelerate the uptake of renewable energy,” says the report, published by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) last month (8 February).
Renewable energy has particular relevance in remote and rural areas, where around 600 million people live without electricity, and where renewables would be cheaper than extending national grid services, the report says.
The authors used geographical data to map out regions that could generate electricity from the sun, wind, biomass and water. They then identified those regions where using renewables might be cheaper than existing sources such as diesel or electricity grids.
“We found good wind energy potential in North Africa and good solar energy potential in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahara belt,” said the report’s editor, Fabio Monforti-Ferrario.
The report says small hydroelectric power plants would suit Equatorial Africa, where many people live closer to river systems than to existing electricity grids.
Monforti-Ferrario added that “biomass is the ‘green gold’ of Central Africa”, but cautioned against its widespread use on sustainability grounds.
Speaking more broadly, he said Africa’s ability to tap the potential of renewables potential is hampered by reliance on subsidised diesel fuel.
“It is the policy of African countries to keep the cost of diesel low, even though [this policy] is unsustainable. It makes the use of [alternatives like] photovoltaic systems unattractive to consumers,” he said.
This view is backed by Dieter Holm, honorary board member of the International Solar Energy Society based in South Africa. But he said the report had focused too heavily on petrol subsidies, and not enough on the ability of renewable to create jobs.
Holm said that in Africa photovoltaics and wind energy can create 62 and 12 jobs per gigawatt hour of electricity produced respectively, compared to less than one job in the coal industry for the same energy output.
“Political decision-makers in Africa should be well-informed of the overall potential of renewable energy sources in terms of electricity generation, job creation, and environmental sustainability,” Holm told SciDev.Net.
Link to full report [3.16MB]
|Links to other resources|
|Title||Ubuntu- Global Oneness Project|
|Date released (year)||2009|
|Keywords/tags||Ubuntu, sustainability, justice, community|
|Link to film||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIc24sakT84
|Synopsis||“I am because you are,” is the deep meaning of Ubuntu, a traditional African philosophy recognizing the shared essence within humanity and life. In this film, we visit Dorah Lebelo and the GreenHouse Project, Credo Mutwa, the great Zulu traditional healer and teacher, and the forem Deputy Minister of Health, Nozizwa Madlala-Routledge, to learn more about this fundamental understanding of life and its ramifications on how we treat each other, ourselves, and the earth.|
The Global Oneness Project is a digital, ad-free, bi-monthly magazine. Through stories, we explore the threads that connect culture, ecology, and beauty. Our collection of films, photography, and essays feature diverse and dynamic voices from around the world.
Ubuntu (Zulu/Xhosa pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼú]; English: /uˈbʊntuː/ oo–BUUN-too) or “uMunthu” (Chichewa) and “Botho” (Setswana) is a southern African ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people’s allegiances and relations with each other. Some believe that ubuntu is a classical African philosophy or worldview whereas others point out that the idea of ubuntu is a philosophy or worldview developed in written sources during the second half of the 1900s. The word ubuntu has its origins in the Bantu languages of southern Africa.
|Links to other resources|| Mvuselelo Ngcoya (2009) Ubuntu: Globalization, Accommodation, and Contestation in South Africa.
Jacqueline Church (2012) Sustainable Development and the Culture of uBuntu, De Jure, 45 Volume 2: Download Article in PDF
|Title||How can we build a sustainable world?|
|Date released (year)||2012|
|Location||South Africa, India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia|
|Keywords/tags||Climate change, sustainability|
|Link to film||http://insightshare.org/watch/video/how-can-we-achieve-sustainable-world|
|Synopsis||A short film of voices from India, South Africa, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia, giving their ideas on how we can achieve a sustainable world.|
|Reviews/discussion||Participatory Video (PV) is a set of techniques to involve a group or community in shaping and creating their own film. The idea behind this is that making a video is easy and accessible, and is a great way of bringing people together to explore issues, voice concerns or simply to be creative and tell stories.
This process can be very empowering, enabling a group or community to take action to solve their own problems and also to communicate their needs and ideas to decision-makers and/or other groups and communities. As such, PV can be a highly effective tool to engage and mobilise marginalised people and to help them implement their own forms of sustainable development based on local needs.
|Links to other resources||See Visioning the Future PV blog with videos: http://visioningthefuture.wordpress.com
Global Oneness Project: http://www.globalonenessproject.org
What if we Change? http://www.whatifwechange.org/magazine/
|Title||Wangari Maathai & The Green Belt Movement|
|Director(s)||Landon Van soest|
|Date released (year)||2010|
|Keywords/tags||Environmentalism, deforestation, sustainability, empowerment|
|Link to film||http://youtu.be/BQU7JOxkGvo
|Synopsis||Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmentalist and political activist. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental NGO focused on environmental conservation and women’s rights. In 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to sustainable development, democracy, and peace.|
|Reviews/discussion||The Green Belt Movement (http://greenbeltmovement.org) organizes rural women in Kenya to plant trees, an effort that combats deforestation while generating income for the community and promoting empowerment for women. Since Maathai founded the Movement, over 40 million trees have been planted and over 30,000 women have been trained in forestry, food processing, beekeeping, and other sustainable, income-generating activities.|
|Links to other resources||http://greenbeltmovement.org|
|Title||Earth report: Stolen Fish|
|Date released (year)||2009|
|Keywords/tags||Sustainability, oceans, food, fishing|
|Link to film||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKnFU92gr6s&noredirect=1
|Synopsis||Illegal fishing is a multi million dollar business and one of the most serious threats to global fish stocks. In a 2-part programme Earth Report reveals the pirate fishing trawlers illegally plundering the seas off West Africa. In part one we visit local communities devastated by the activities of pirate vessels and watch as one illegal trawler is boarded and caught red-handed.|
|Reviews/discussion||From the BBC:
“The problem of illegal fishing is enormously widespread,” observes Michael Lodge, an OECD fisheries expert.
“We have estimated the problem as being as much as 20% of the global catch.”
Since 2000, the UN has been warning about the grave consequences of overfishing in the world’s seas.
However, the impact of illegal fishing is adding to the strain on the already overexploited oceans.
The skippers of the illegal fishing boats tend to favour the waters of some of the poorest nations, which are often inadequately policed as a result of a lack of resources.
The Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of West Africa, is one of the most fertile fishing grounds in the world.
For centuries, the waters have supported generations of small coastal communities, but as the world’s appetite for fish continues to grow, the rich fishing grounds have attracted the attention of illegal vessels.
Almost half of the boats in the area are estimated to be operating outside the law.
Marine conservationist Helen Bours, who has been tracking illegal and unlicensed boats for more than 20 years, says that it is a hidden world of which very little is known.
“These vessels are at sea for years,” she tells Television Trust for the Environment’s (TVE) Earth Report programme on the BBC World News Channel.
“They transfer their fish on to other vessels, they get refuelled at sea; even the crews are changed at sea.
“So nobody sees what’s happening, and there’s nobody to go there and tell them to respect the rules. It’s another world.”
Fisheries experts from the UK government have attempted in recent years to assess the scale of the problem.
“In 2005, we commissioned a major study of the impact of illegal fishing on developing nations,” said Tim Bostock, a fisheries advisor for the UK’s Department for International Development.
“We were able to derive a total figure for the value of fish stolen from the world each year. This figure was of the order of US $9bn (£6.3bn).
Two inspectors from Guinea, during an expedition organised by Greenpeace and the Environmental Justice Foundation, headed out to sea with a list of the vessels authorised to fish the nation’s waters.
From the air, a group of Chinese trawlers was spotted and after a quick check it was found that one of the vessels was not licensed.
“This vessel is under arrest for fishing without a licence in Guinean waters,” explained Helen Bours.
“They never expect a surveillance patrol to come that far from shore because they know the Guinean authorities don’t normally have the means to come out this far.”
During the month-long expedition, about half of the 92 vessels spotted in the region were found to be fishing illegally.
Many of the unlicensed boats use huge weighted nets with a very fine mesh. These are scraped along the sea bed, scooping up everything in their path.
This method catches a very large amount of juvenile fish, wiping out the chance of these creatures reaching sexual maturity and spawning future generations to replenish the fish stocks.
Not only is the problem threatening the long-term economic opportunities for the region, it is depriving the population of a very valuable source of protein.
“It’s stealing the fish, killing people and endangering the marine environment and the fish stocks; not just here but all over the world,” said Ms Bours.
The precise figure for the number of vessels fishing illegally is unknown, but officials are worried that the size of the unlawful fishermen greatly exceeds most national fishing fleets.
“China is the largest fisher in the world, and the illegal fishers would come second,” says Joe Borg, the EU fisheries commissioner.
“So we are speaking of fishing carried out legally by bodies like the EU, Chile and Peru being outranked by illegal fishing.
“We are speaking of a very, very big problem.”
According to the United Nations, over 75 percent of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, over exploited or significantly depleted. Some species have already been fished to commercial extinction; many more are on the verge.
West African nations have some of the richest fishing grounds in the world; yet their food security is under threat. European and Asian fishing fleets have moved into West African waters over the past 30 years after depleting their own fish stocks. Sub-Saharan Africa is now the only region on Earth where per capita fish consumption is actually falling, partly because foreign fishing fleets have removed so much fish.
|Links to other resources||Greenpeace Africa, Defending Our Oceans: http://www.greenpeace.org/africa/en/campaigns/Defending-Our-Oceans-Hub/
The Global Issues Affecting the World Fish Stocks; http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/newsnight/susanwatts/2010/10/the_global_issues_affecting_th.html
Europe’s Fleets ‘waste’ Africa’s Fish: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1898815.stm