Lessons from Aboriginal people about connecting with nature

Aboriginal people have a profound connection to nature – the land as they often call it.

In Aboriginal cultures around the world it’s an affinity, an understanding and a wisdom that’s been passed from generation to generation. In Australia, it’s something that helped Aboriginal people survive 50,000 years.

These videos begin with Bob Randall, a Yankunytjatjara elder and traditional owner of Uluru (Ayre’s Rock). He explains the idea of living with the land rather than off it. That we don’t own the land. It owns us.

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Richard Louv on ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ (video playlist)

American author Richard Louv has played a leading role in highlighting the growing disconnection between people and nature.

This video series pulls together useful interviews and talks with Richard. He explains ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’, why we should be concerned and some of the solutions to this new challenge.

Why we need to get kids into nature (quotable quotes from Richard Louv)

In his book ‘Last Child in the Woods’, Richard Louv coined the term ‘nature deficit disorder’ to highlight the growing disconnection between kids and nature. In his follow up book ‘The Nature Principle’ he says “the more high tech we become, the more nature we need.”

We interviewed Richard Louv as part of our series on environmental leaders. In researching his story, we found lots of great quotes from Richard – which articulate why we need to get kids into nature.

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Environmental movie trailers: our must-see collection

Here’s a visual treat for you. Over 100 trailers for environmental movies. There’s enough here to get you thinking more deeply about what’s happening on the planet.

To see a list of them, check out ‘100 best environmental films of all time’.

The 100 best environmental movies of all time

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Up until now, it’s been hard to track down the best environmental movies. Sure, there’s the odd ‘top 10’ list here and there. Those lists tend to be somewhat random with their choices.

In this list, you’ll find a comprehensive round-up of the best green films – new and old – here for you in one place. We’re saying 100, but actually, it’s 100 and counting as we keep adding in the best of the new releases.

You’ll see to make sense of this big list we’ve grouped them by topic or genre. These categories begin to give you a feel for the range and depth of green films out there.

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Is global warming speeding up?

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New figures released by NASA have stunned the world’s climate scientists. The average global temperature for February this year has smashed the previous record. A record set only the month before.

This comes on the back of the warmest year on record 2015, which broke the previous record set in 2014.

And if you’ve been following this story, you’ll know already there are other worrying changes – like the Arctic melting faster than all expectations over the last few years.

So are we seeing a speeding up of climate change? And is the long stretch of warm weather we’ve felt here in Sydney linked to the global picture?

The Environment Show caught up with Professor Stefan Rahmstorf, a leading climate scientist from Germany’s Potsdam University. In this podcast he answers those questions and outlines how his own country is getting on with the job of implementing one of the most important solutions – renewable energy.

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Michael Reynolds – inspiring words from the maverick eco architect

Michael Reynolds was the focus of the award-winning film ‘Garbage Warrior’ – a documentary about his 40 year struggle to build sustainable houses.

The Environment Show recently interviewed Reynolds as part of our new series on environment leaders. We found so many great Reynolds quotes in our research, we thought we’d compile them for good keeping. (We couldn’t bear to let them get away.)

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The fall on an environmental leader: Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

Who is Mohamed Nasheed and why does he matter?

Until last week Nasheed was President of The Maldives – a string of 1200 tiny islands in the Indian Ocean where the average elevation is just 5 feet above sea level.

After Nasheed came to office in 2008, he made world headlines when he declared the Maldives was in the market for a new homeland for its doomed population – given predictions of sea level rise due to global warming.

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Compare the cost: more natural disasters v. doing something about climate change

This dramatic video shows the beginnings of Queensland’s “inland tsunami”. This body of water, along with other tributaries, flowed into the Lockyer Valley and killed 14 people last week. From there it went on to inundate Brisbane, the city I grew up in. The worst floods there since 1974.

When I was a kid, they told us the ’74 flood was a once in 100 year event. That was 37 years ago.

Did climate change cause the recent floods here in Australia?

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Why we need a “fundamental shift” to a sustainable economy (and the role of creativity to get there)

Professor Jeff Sachs: "We need to re-think economic development."

Last year I heard a speech by Professor Jeff Sachs which crystalised a lot of things for me. (Sachs is a Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.)

I’m giving a speech myself soon at The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. It’s for Design Week and it’s about ‘the importance of creativity for sustainability’. In preparing I’ve found myself coming back to Sachs’s talk at Sydney Uni.

Reason being Sachs puts the whole damn thing in context. He describes how we got to where we are now, how special our time is, and how we are at a watershed moment in human history where we’re going to have to make a fundamental shift to a sustainable economy.

In this post I’ve included a synopsis of the Sach’s speech and links to a podcast of it. I’ve also posted some notes from my proposition that creativity is going to be key in re-thinking and changing how we live.

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