Forty years after the 1972 Club of Rome report, Limits to Growth, we are at a crossroads. Wasteful lifestyles, primarily in the industrialised countries, have caused ecosystem decline, resource constraints and an increasingly unstable climate. Meanwhile, a growing population and much-needed increases of per-capita income in low-income countries are putting further pressure on resources.
The EU legislative proposal, The Circular Economy Package, presented in July 2014, was withdrawn by the Juncker Commission earlier this year under the pretext of deregulation. After heavy criticism and accusations of yielding to Confederation of European Business pressure, the commission has promised the package?s relaunch.
The business community has often seen environmental policymaking as a threat to competitiveness – but there are reasons to view resource efficiency, instead, as an opportunity. This new report considers a number of policy options and investments that would help advance a circular economy and benefit the climate and job market. These include:
Strengthening existing policies in renewable energy, eco-design and emissions trading.
Strengthening recycling and reuse targets to help reduce and process waste and residues, and putting limits on waste incineration. Reducing landfilling in Europe is a priority – but to swap this for rapidly expanding waste incineration is not a solution.
Using public procurement as an incentive for new business models, moving from selling products to selling performance.
Making the circular economy a core part of EU climate policies. Most climate change mitigation strategies are sector-based and focus primarily on energy use. But the Swedish study shows the climate benefits of using products for longer. It also shows that carbon emissions can be reduced significantly by clever design, reuse and recycling.
Launching investments to support the circular economy – both at EU and national level.
Rethinking taxation: lowering taxes on labour, increasing taxes on the consumption of non-renewable resources and removing VAT from recycled materials. Automation means manufacturing requires less manpower than before. On the other hand, all the services around a product in a circular economy – from sustainable design, to maintenance, upgrading, repair and reuse ? require more, rather than less, labour. Shifting taxes would accelerate the transition to a circular economy and help balance the threat of losing jobs in a digitised economy.
The film is directed by the secret son of Orson Welles – allegedly.
Having worked with the Beatles on their recent promotional videos for “Hey Jude” and “Revolution,” American filmmaker Lindsay-Hogg was the logical choice to direct the Get Back project. He arranged an army of cameras to capture the moment from all angles, sending a crew into the street, the adjacent building, and the Apple reception area – not to mention the five cameras on the roof itself. The result is some of the most iconic concert footage in history.
Film prowess may be in his blood. In his 2011 autobiography, Lindsay-Hogg revealed that he believes himself to be the only son of cinema giant Orson Welles. His mother, actress Geraldine Fitzgerald, publicly denied the rampant rumors, but she allegedly acknowledged the truth to family friend Gloria Vanderbilt. When Welles’ oldest daughter supported Lindsay-Hogg’s claim, he submitted to a DNA test. The results were inconclusive.
Read more: Rolling Stone
(http://climaterealityproject.org) If the only news you hear about climate change are headlines about rising temperatures and extreme weather, you could be forgiven for thinking we’re stuck with a bad situation. But here’s the thing: the challenge is urgent but today we’ve got the technology we need to ditch the dirty fossil fuels driving the crisis and the popular will to do it – all a whole lot easier and more affordably than ever before.
What this means is that these days, you don’t need to look into a crystal ball to see a sustainable future taking shape. You just need to look out your window.
So we’re counting down the key 24 developments we’re seeing in areas like clean energy, community action, and international negotiations, with highlights from this year’s 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope.
By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits believes he has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans — and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems. UPDATE: December 2012: The core content of this talk has been challenged on a number of grounds. For details, and for Willie Smits’ response to these criticisms, please see this page.
Willie Smits has devoted his life to saving the forest habitat of orangutans, the “thinkers of the jungle.” As towns, farms and wars encroach on native forests, Smits works to save what is left. Full bio »
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.
This is the story of two life-long musicians who road trip through the heart of America recording their third album. Along the way they collaborate with strangers who force them to reconsider what it means to live a life dedicated to the art of music.
After bringing you Trekkies, filmmaker Roger Nygard roams the globe interviewing spiritual leaders, scholars, scientists, and artists to discover the answer to the oldest question of all – “why are we here?” – in this award-winning documentary.
Dirt! The Movie is an astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glorious and unappreciated ground beneath our feet. Dirt! reveals how repairing our relationship with dirt can create new possibilities for all life on earth.
Focusing on two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, this documentary chronicles the rigorous healing path — including a two-month diet of fruits and vegetables — that both attempt in a bid to rescue their health.
Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
Bypassing politics and fingerpointing, this forward-thinking documentary zeroes in on enterprising individuals — from a wind farmer to a solar-panel retrofitter — who are devising business-minded ways to avert the looming climate crisis.
Transition the movie 🙂
‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humour, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.
In the film you’ll see stories of communities creating their own local currencies, setting up their own pubs, planting trees, growing food, celebrating localness, caring, sharing. You’ll see neighbours sharing their land with neighbours that have none, local authorities getting behind their local Transition initiatives, schoolchildren making news in 2030, and you’ll get a sense of the scale of this emerging movement. It is a story of hope, and it is a call to action, and we think you will like it very much. It is also quite funny in places.
The year is 2065 AD. The Earth is infested with alien spirits, and mankind faces total extinction. Led by a strange dream and guided by her mentor, Dr. Sid, scientist Aki Ross struggles to collect eight spirits in the hope of creating a force powerful enough to destroy the alien presence and pure enough to protect the planet. With the aid of the Deep Eyes Squadron, Aki must save the Earth from its darkest hate and unleash the final spirit. FINAL FANTASY is the groundbreaking new CGI film from the creators of the Final Fantasy Video Game Franchise.
The Story of Solutions, released in October 2013, explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal. In the current ‘Game of More’, we?re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?
Story of Change
Over the past several decades, many environmental and social change efforts have come to reflect the centrality of shopping in our culture, suggesting change can be made – or is even best made – through alterations in our individual consumption patterns. These efforts buy Fair Trade or organic, use a reusable bag, screw in a CFL lightbulb – are a great place to start, but they are a terrible place to stop, ignoring the real source of our power: coming together as engaged citizens.
In The Story of Change, released in July 2012, Annie Leonard argues that it?s not bad shoppers who are putting our future at risk; it’s bad policies and business practices. If we really want to change the world, we have to move beyond voting with our dollars and come together to demand rules that work.
Annie takes viewers through an inspiring exploration of what effective changemaking has looked like through history – from Gandhi in India to the US Civil Rights movement to the environmental victories of the 1970s?and shares the things you?ll find whenever people get together and change the world: a big idea, a commitment to working together, and a whole lot of action. She also let?s viewers know that making change will take all kinds of people, offers a series of changemaker identities and ends the movie with a question for viewers: Which are you?
Story of Broke
The United States isn?t broke; we?re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn?t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ?dinosaur economy? on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money.
The Story of Broke, released on November 8, 2011, calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions?renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more?that can deliver jobs and a healthier environment. It?s time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let?s build it better.
Story of Citizens United v FEC
The Story of Citizens United v. FEC explores the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy. The movie explores the history of the American corporation and corporate political spending, the appropriate roles of citizens and for-pro?t corporations in a democracy and the toxic impact the Citizens United Supreme Court decision is having on our political process. It ends with a call to amend the U.S. Constitution to con?rm that people?not corporations?make the decisions in a democracy.
Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It?ll teach you something, it?ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.
Black Friday Video
This Black Friday, choose family over frenzy.
Let?s opt out of the frenzy this year.
We have a choice this Black Friday to stay put with loved ones, to play board games and eat leftovers and maybe even watch a football game together.
Or we can chose to leave the warmth of our beds before dawn to sit in our cars in a parking lot at some mall searching for low prices on products which we don?t really need and often don?t even want, but getting them is all part of the Black Friday Frenzy.
Story of Electronics
The Story of Electronics, released in November 2011, employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution?s collateral damage?25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill. Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green ?race to the top? where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.
Story of Cosmetics
The Story of Cosmetics, released on July 21, 2010, examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. The seven-minute film reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives.
The Story of Bottled Water
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 virtually free from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry?s 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 for viewers to make a personal commitment to avoid bottled water and support public investment in clean, available tap water for all.
Story of Cap and Trade
The Story of Cap & Trade, released in December 2009, is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution discussed at the Copenhagen 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the ?devils in the details? in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what?s really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you?ve heard about Cap & Trade, but aren?t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the movie for you.
In November of 1999, Seattle broke into a state of emergency as thousands of peaceful protestors gathered in resistance to the World Trade Organization. The city’s mayor, a SWAT cop, his pregnant wife, and four demonstrators are caught in the crossfire
The Future Of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.
A look at the possibility of providing basic rights to every child. The film features the insights of Nobel Peace laureates Muhammad Yunus and Stephen Chu, Willie Nelson and many others. Music by Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Cat Stevens, Explosions in the Sky and more.
Thoughts are stirring on everything from location aware movie experiences (pertaining to festivals) to websites that are apps for location aware features at festivals.
Here comes another festival season, and I am rapidly accumulating festival video. There is last years Wuhnurth and Knollfest, and it is looking like Stable Studios Music Festival, MojoStock, Green Stock, and maybe Rootwireare looming; all to be captured and live edited with the new broadcast rig that will be calling The Mousetrap Bar and Grill home. So I am thinking about a website where you could explore all of these festivals.
But next year I am thinking about the location aware website for the festival. The website where, through the use of your smart phone, you can experience something at a festival that others without phones might not be able to access. A door to some experience not apparent without the assistance of a location aware device.
I am going to leave comments open on this one because I would love to hear from you what your thoughts on this are!
Update: this was a huge success (considering we pulled it together in 3 days). DJ Embry-O kept it going until the late night. AgentBondo got the audience’s attention and kept it. Jefro showed us he will be here for a while. Thanks to everyone, but especially Jeff Brist (Jefro) of Livin Life Productions and the staff at the Mousetrap for helping us to make our first event a huge success! Note: we are working on locking in the artist we were hoping would be here at Celestial Mechanics, for October. This is all hush hush for now, hence no names, but soon we will be locking down the October show. Broad Ripple Unlimited will be your source for the “quiet” announcement!
Broad Ripple Unlimited is proud to be involved with this event. It features several artists we are hoping will join Broad Ripple Records in the near future.
All the Stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns, from its extraction to sale, use and disposal. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between environmental and social issues all around us and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.
Welcome to Broad Ripple Unlimited. We are expecting 2011 to really be our breakout year, and we are eagerly preparing for our formal launch. We focus primarily on web based marketing, but we have a vision all our own.