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NaturVision Call for Entries!

The 19th NaturVision Film Festival will take place in Ludwigsburg from 16 –19 July 2020. As always, we will showcase the latest films around nature, wildlife and the environment, and in our international film competition the most outstanding documentaries will have the chance to win our prestigious awards and some generous prize money.

Filmmakers, directors and production companies can take advantage of our professional platform to present their films to both an interested audience and numerous visitors from the industry. Don’t miss out on this important industry gathering and popular public festival!

Films that were completed after 1 January 2019 can now be submitted for these festival.natur-vision.de/en/filmfestival/film-competition/competition-categories-and-awards.html

Please register your films via our festival.natur-vision.de/en/filmfestival/film-competition/film-registration.html The closing date for entries is 28 February 2020.

This year again we are offering a winter special for films submitted by 31 December: a 50% discount on the submission fee. So there’s no time to lose! To avail yourself of this special offer, just enter WINTER SPECIAL 2019 in the "Discount" field when you register. Once your registration is verified, you will receive a separate confirmation with the discounted price. There is no submission fee for the category "NaturVision Newcomer Award" (please provide a training certificate).

Website: www.natur-vision.de

Social: facebook.com/NaturVision & instagram.com/naturvisionfilmfestival

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Jackson Wild World Wildlife Day Film Showcase 2020 Call for Entry
from Jackson Wild
26 November 2019

Wildlife films to animate the “biodiversity super year”

World Wildlife Day 2020 Film Showcase announced

The Secretariats of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Jackson Wild announced today that they are teaming up to organize an international film showcase highlighting wildlife as an important component of biological diversity and how its conservation and sustainable use will help reduce the risk of unprecedented extinctions from overexploitation.

The Film Showcase will be one of the global events that will anchor next year’s UN World Wildlife Day (3 March) celebrated under the theme Sustaining all life on earth. The theme encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to the nature. It also underlines the importance of sustainable use of natural resources in support of the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Winners and finalist films entered into the competition will be shown throughout 2020, known as “biodiversity super year” around the world and at various major events.

CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero said: “World Wildlife Day 2020 and the film showcase will embrace the ‘biodiversity super year’. This gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate wildlife as a component of biodiversity in its many beautiful and varied forms, raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people, the threats they are facing and the conservation success stories through motion pictures and story-telling. We urgently need to bend the curve of species and biodiversity loss before we reach the tipping points from which we may not recover, with dramatic consequences for all life on the planet.”

The CITES Secretariat is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the global facilitator for the celebration of the World Wildlife Day each year in collaboration with organizations in the United Nations system.

As noted by Midori Paxton, Head of Biodiversity for UNDP: “Wildlife and biodiversity underpin the well-being, safety, and resilience of all societies. The World Wildlife Day 2020 film showcase will raise awareness of the importance of investing in nature in ways that help accelerate progress across the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme of World Wildlife Day is particularly timely as the UN System, countries, and all partners are preparing for the post-2020 global Biodiversity Framework to be launched in October 2020 in Kunming, China at CBD COP15.”.

“The science tells us that a million species could go extinct if we don’t change the way we live on the planet. Storytelling reconnects people and nature. We hope this event will build the groundswell of support needed to drive the transformation and courage that our leaders need to demonstrate in 2020 to secure a prosperous future for people and nature,” said Susan Gardner, Director for Ecosystems for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

"Rich biodiversity is essential to the health of our planet. The various threats facing wildlife escalate every day. As growing numbers of species edge toward extinction we must act quickly and decisively," agreed Lisa Samford, Executive Director of Jackson Wild. “We believe in the power of story to inspire awe at the wonders of our natural world and ignite the critical changes that will be required to restore and protect it.”

“By protecting animals and plants, we protect the ecosystems that underlie our economies, our social and cultural traditions and human well-being,” said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Officer in Charge of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). “Wildlife is instrumental to global forestry, fishery and tourism livelihoods. Biodiversity in turn keeps ecosystems functional, providing the ecosystem services that allow us to survive. The conservation and sustainable use of wildlife is therefore a critical component of sustainable development, and part of a comprehensive approach to achieving poverty eradication, food security and sustainable livelihoods.”


Call for Entry: World Wildlife Day Film Showcase 2020

Timeline and planned activities

The call for entry will close on 3 January 2020 and finalists will be announced in early February 2020.

Winners will be presented at a high-level event to coincide with the global celebration of UN World Wildlife Day at UN Headquarters in New York on 3 March 2020.

Winning and finalist films will be subsequently showcased extensively throughout the world, through World Wildlife Day screening events as well as at the Jackson Wild Summit and through Jackson Wild On Tour.

Award categories include:

  • Science, Innovation and Exploration
    Awarded to the film that most effectively conveys the values of wildlife as a component of biodiversity, and tells stories about scientific explorations, research and the discovery of species of wild animals and plants in the various ecosystems.
  • Issues and Solutions
    Awarded to the film that most effectively explains the current threats and challenges facing wildlife, the environment, socio-economic consequences and the solutions to ensure their conservation and sustainable use.
  • People and the Wild
    Awarded to the film that best demonstrates the relationship between wildlife and people, especially those who live alongside wild animals and plants.
  • Stories of Hope
    Awarded to the film that most effectively celebrates the work of individuals or groups committed to the restoration and conservation of wildlife and their habitats.
  • Global Voices
    Awarded to a film created by people local to the area or subject of focus addressed by the film.
  • Short
    Awarded to the best film less than 15 minutes in length.
  • Micro
    Awarded to the best film less than 5 minutes in length.

Submission Guidelines

There is no entry fee for submission. Films entered must be completed since 1 January 2017. Both entries that have not yet premiered and entries that have been broadcast or presented prior to submission are welcome. Submissions in all languages are welcomed. Programs in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for presentation to the judges and for the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Biodiversity. Eligible entries must complete an online submission form via www.jacksonwild.org. Entries will be uploaded to a private and secure Vimeo channel for judging.

Visit: jacksonwild.org/biodiversity.html

Call for Judges

Interested in being a preliminary judge for the World Wildlife Day Film Showcase? The commitment is approximately 10-20 hours. You will be invited to the awards celebration at UNHQ and other WWD events planned in NYC, Geneva, Vienna, Washington, DC and other locations. Click here to apply!

About CITES

With 183 Parties (182 countries + the European Union), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) remains one of the world's most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of trade. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by people in their daily lives for food, health care, housing, furniture, handicrafts, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES regulates international trade in over 36,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, to ensure their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people, the global environment and sustainable development in general. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975.

About CBD

Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 196 Parties, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of technologies and good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community.

About UNDP

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

About Jackson Wild

Jackson Wild’s programs promote public awareness and stewardship of wildlife and wildlife habitat through the innovative use of media. For over 28 years, the Jackson Wild Summit has grown a reputation for hosting an extraordinary convening of scientists, conservationists, innovators and media where collaboration and innovation thrive, ideas are launched, and strategic partnerships are forged as participants work together to address critical conservation and environmental challenges facing our planet. The 2020 Jackson Wild Summit will be hosted in Austria: 28 Sept-2 Oct. in the famous Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the United Nations World Wildlife Day

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. World Wildlife Day has quickly become the most prominent global annual event dedicated to wildlife. It is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the various challenges faced by these species. The day also reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

See the full feature here!

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IWFF Call For Entries

IWFF 2020 Submission Dates

Submissions Open: October 15, 2019
Regular Deadline: December 6, 2019
Late Deadline: January 10, 2020
Extended Deadline: February 1, 2020

Festival Dates: April 18-25, 2020

IWFF 2020 New Categories

Films eligible for the International Wildlife Film Festival's juried competition must have a central focus on non-domesticated wildlife species, natural habitats, or conservation. The jury’s chief concerns are scientific accuracy, ethical decisions made during production, and demonstrated efforts toward the betterment of our natural world. IWFF’s judging process prioritizes a robust representation of perspectives in every category. IWFF highlights both the best of this long-lasting genre as well as alternative approaches to storytelling.

Short Short - A short film under 10 minutes in length.

Short - A short film under 40 minutes in length.

Feature - A program 45 minutes or longer in length made for reaching audiences through theaters, the internet, or television.

Student - Any program made while the filmmaker was enrolled in an academic institution - finalists must verify enrollment.

Children’s - Any program that engages a deeper understanding of the natural world and wildlife in younger viewers.

New Vision - Any program that displays an innovative, forward-thinking approach to filmmaking within this traditional genre offering a new vision of what wildlife filmmaking can be and how these stories are told.

Living with Wildlife - Any program that focuses on the complex and interdependent relationship between humans, animals, and the environment.

Animal Behavior - Any program that includes especially notable footage of animal behavior that is rare, impactful in terms of our understanding of the natural world or was captured using innovative techniques.

Wildlife Conservation - A program with a strong conservation message that follows the future of a species, highlights newfound biological research, represents the scientific process accurately and presents solutions for the betterment of wildlife sustainability.

Sustainable Planet - A program with a strong conservation message that features inspiring activism in response to our changing planet. Films may address growing public awareness and education, experimenting with innovative solutions or profiling activism toward a more sustainable planet.

IWFF 2020 theme: IGNITE - This category changes year to year with the festival’s annual theme. This can mean to set ideas in motion, metaphorically igniting minds or submissions may focus on the more obvious theme of how fire impacts our natural world.

Submit via: filmfreeway.com/InternationalWildlifeFilmFestival

Visit: wildlifefilms.org/festival Email Director@wildlifefilms.org with questions.

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Richard Brock blogs:

Wildlife Winners and Losers – Japan, typhoon, 13 October 2019

October 13th 2019 was actually a very unlucky day for Japan. Some say they deserve it. Typhoon Hagibis came in and smashed the country. One million Japanese had to move – they were blown away and flooded out. Climate threats perhaps? And that typhoon crashed in from the sea. Some say it was the revenge of whales and dolphins, tortured and killed by the Japanese, in the past and now into the future as whaling and dolphin capture continues..

Will the Japanese never learn the errors of their ways? Or will the sea and climate changes ever change them? Whales and dolphins are probably wiser than their assassins? Why not boycott the Olympic Games to be held in Japan next year 2020. Show them the rest of the world really cares.

See: brockinitiative.org/wildlife-winners-and-losers-japan-typhoon-13-october-2019

What Britain buys and sells in a day

At 9pm on Monday, 7th October, BBC 2 showed a one hour programme called “What Britain Buys and Sells in a Day”, which featured the import and export trade in intensively farmed seafood, including the salmon which inevitably results in disease, lice infestation, and mass mortality.

It was gross, showing the huge overexploitation of marine creatures with comparatively little reference to sustainability into the future. For that one hour we saw an unremitting adulation of all that is wrong with our current, impossibly greedy way of living and trading. Shipping and flying all this marine produce, either farmed (fed on fish!), or from our beleaguered seas, simply emphasized the stupid, short-sighted consumer demand destroying nature and wasting endless aircraft flights across the planet to satisfy the appetite of a doomed species. Us.

See: brockinitiative.org/what-britain-buys-and-sells-in-a-day

Amazon: “Where does this stuff go?”…

As with soya and cattle from the burned Amazon rainforest the question is: “Where does this stuff go?”…The same applies to hardwood timber.

Are other countries importing and selling furniture, for example? So is your lovely chair, table or garden seat linked to an illegal logger in Brazil, Africa or Indonesia? And an indigenous tribe whose home you have stolen?

See: brockinitiative.org/amazon-where-does-this-stuff-go

From Richard's new blog! brockinitiative.org/blog

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FIFTEEN ENVIRONMENTAL NGOs DEMAND THAT SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL WATCHDOG DOES ITS JOB
From – EIA
6th November 2019

As members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the world’s largest palm oil certification system, meet in Bangkok for their 17th annual meeting, the world is in the midst of a climate, biodiversity and human rights emergency.

Global citizens have watched in horror and outrage over the past months as some of the largest remaining forested areas on the planet – from the Amazon to Indonesia – have been on fire.

And the role of palm oil companies and consumer brands — including many RSPO members — in this crisis is no secret.

Last year, RSPO members approved a new set of Principles and Criteria that align with the global ‘No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation’ policies of many of its members.

But the RSPO’s new standard will only be meaningful if it is upheld in a thorough, comprehensive and competent way. The new report Who Watches the Watchmen? 2’, released by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Grassroots this week, exposes the RSPO’s inability to assure consumers and the public that its members can uphold its standard.

A coalition of 15 NGOs released the following statement as the RSPO meeting entered its final day:

“As the world faces a climate, deforestation and human rights crisis, we call on the RSPO and its members to fulfill their promise of sustainability and commitment to ending deforestation, peatland destruction and violation of human rights in the production and procurement of palm oil among its member companies.

“Violations of the RSPO’s standard and procedures remain systemic and widespread and there is little evidence that RSPO members are truly implementing the Principles & Criteria. To the contrary, research has shown no significant difference between certified and non-certified plantations and fire, peatland loss and human and labour rights violations have been repeatedly exposed on RSPO-certified plantations.

“The planet, affected communities, workers and global citizens can no longer afford to wait for the RSPO to slowly nudge member companies in the right direction, while allowing them to do continual harm both to the environment and people.

“To remain relevant in today’s world, the RSPO must urgently strengthen its assurance systems and make the entire process – certification, monitoring, audits, complaints and enforcement – credible and robust.

“We call on all RSPO members to take up this call to action with the necessary urgency.”

Signatories: awasMIFEE, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Friends of the Earth Japan, Grassroots, Greenpeace, HUTAN Group, IAR Indonesia Foundation (YIARI), Japan Tropical Forest Action Network (JATAN), Kaoem Telapak, Organisasi Penguatan dan Pengembangan Usaha-Usaha Kerakyatan (OPPUK), Rainforest Action Network, Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA), SumOfUs, Verité Southeast Asia & Yayasan Pusaka Bentala Rakyat.


Who's Watching the Watchmen?

A short film to accompany the new Environmental Investigation Agency report Who Watches the Watchmen 2, a hard-hitting expose of major failures in the sustainability guarantee of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

Read and download the new report Who Watches the Watchmen 2 at eia-international.org/wp-content/uploads/WWtW2-spreads.pdf

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Happy 35th Birthday to EIA

Yesterday, 20th November, the three founders of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) came together for the first time in years to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the campaigning organisation they created. This short film was made by Lydia Handford to mark the event. EIA is an independent campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse. Our vision is a future where humanity respects, protects and celebrates the natural world for the benefit of all.


35 Years of the Environmental Investigation Agency

We are HUGE fans of long-time member EIA and wish them every continued success moving forward.

Support their amazing work: eia-international.org/donate

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Interesting New Wildlife Film Book Out:
BBC Wildlife Documentaries in the Age of Attenborough
by Jean-Baptiste Gouyon

This book explores the history of wildlife television in post-war Britain. It revolves around the role of David Attenborough, whose career as a broadcaster and natural history filmmaker has shaped British wildlife television.

The book discusses aspects of Attenborough's professional biography and also explores elements of the institutional history of the BBC-from the early 1960s, when it was at its most powerful, to the 2000s, when its future is uncertain. It focuses primarily on the wildlife 'making-of' documentary genre, which is used to trace how television progressively became a participant in the production of knowledge about nature. With the inclusion of analysis of television programmes, first-hand accounts, BBC archival material and, most notably, interviews with David Attenborough, this volume follows the development of the professional culture of wildlife broadcasting as it has been portrayed in public.

It will be of interest to wildlife television amateurs, historians of British television and students in science communication.

Purchase at Bookdepository.com (with free worldwide delivery!), Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com

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Wildlife Film Books for Christmas!

You know what it's like when some relative asks you what you'd like for Christmas and you can't think of a thing! Well how about suggesting that wildlife film book you've always wanted? Here are a few recommendations with the best prices:

Wild Pages 3 – A complete tool-kit of information for all wildlife film-makers – established and newcomers Listings of wildlife production companies, production services, stock footage and sound libraries, distributors, broadcasters/channels, location managers/fixers, film festivals/competitions, education/training, organisations, equipment sales/hire, publications/resources, freelancers and more, with contact details, weblinks and descriptions. Including answers to those all-important questions such as whether companies take people on work experience or consider co-productions, how to submit proposals etc. Review soundbites: Essential Resource … Its pages lead you to more doors than any other publication of its type … A must have for any wildlife filmmaker … Positively bursting at the spine with information … A fantastic, much-needed wildlife film resource RRP £14.95 but currently available for £13.75 with free delivery worldwide from bookdepository.com/Wild-Pages-3/9781905843114

Also recommended:

Conservation Film-making: How to make films that make a difference – Never has the time been more critical for film-making to help make a difference to the natural world. This book shows you how. A complete ‘how to’ guide, aimed at both film-makers and conservationists who want to use film as a tool for conservation, with a Foreword by Jane Goodall RRP £12.95 but currently available for £11.45 with free UK delivery from booksetc.co.uk/books/view/-9781905843107

Or how about the original that started many life-journies:

Careers in Wildlife Film-making – Guidance and advice for aspiring makers of wildlife films. This is an international book featuring many case studies from all over the world – successful professionals explain how they got started and give hard-won advice. Available for £11.95 with free delivery worldwide from bookdepository.com/Careers-Wildlife-Film-making-Piers-Warren/9780954189938

If you're looking for fiction, then try this spooky fireside tale about a wildlife film-maker:

Black Shuck: The Devil’s Dog – A supernatural thriller (Shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Awards) set in the village of Blakeney on the North Norfolk coast. For centuries Black Shuck has patrolled the coastal paths of Norfolk - a spectral portent of death. But recent events have allowed the massive phantom dog to evolve, to metamorphose, into something altogether more horrifying. Gaining strength and powers by the day, Shuck has developed a gruesome appetite - a hunger the hell hound sets out to satiate ... Wildlife film-maker Harry Lambert needs a serious rest. His colleague and best friend is dead, his wife has left him and his career has derailed. A spot of bird-watching on the Norfolk coast should help... but when Harry stumbles into Black Shuck's territory, the fearsome beast finds what it was looking for. Available for £7.99 with free delivery worldwide from bookdepository.com/Black-Shuck-Piers-Warren/9781905843015

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'Sea of Shadows' makes desperate attempt to save most endangered whale from Mexican cartels and Chinese mafia

Due to its high demand, the swim bladder of the totoaba fish, called 'cocaine of the sea', is valued higher than gold in some markets.

"The time is now. We have to act." There are less than 15 vaquitas left in the world. The vaquita is the world's smallest and most elusive toothed whale, endemic to the northern part of the Gulf of California, Mexico and it is now on the brink of extinction. The species are so elusive that some fishermen even refuse to believe that the vaquitas really exist. This might soon be a reality with an increasing number of these whales being massacred by the Mexican cartels in the hunt for the "cocaine of the sea" — the totoaba fish.

With no concrete actions taken by the Mexican government to curb the cartels, the vaquitas now have an unusual hope for their possible survival — 'Sea of Shadows,' a National Geographic documentary detailing the level of organized crime and corruption involved in the hunting of the totoaba fish, which has rendered the Sea of Cortez a marine graveyard.

"Nobody wants to kill the vaquita. The real war is being fought for the totoaba," the film's director Richard Ladkani told MEA WorldWide. "For reasons completely unfounded, people in China believe that its swim bladder has medicinal value. I don't think the Chinese understand that the hunt for the totoaba is killing the entire ocean. The nets that they use to catch the totoaba are like walls of death. They kill everything in the sea. They are killing whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea birds, and vaquitas are just prominent victims here. If this doesn't stop very soon we'll have a dead ocean and collapse of an ecosystem."


Sea of Shadows Official Trailer | National Geographic

Read more: meaww.com/sea-shadows-vaquita-totoaba-endangered-whale-fish-mexican-cartel-chinese-mafia

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Sir David Attenborough and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit awarded Chatham House Prize 2019 for ocean advocacy
20 November 2019

The 2019 Chatham House Prize is awarded to Sir David Attenborough and Julian Hector, head of BBC Studios Natural History Unit, for the galvanizing impact of the Blue Planet II series on tackling ocean plastic pollution.

The Chatham House Prize is awarded to the person, persons or organization who is deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year. The presentation ceremony and panel discussion with the winners was livestreamed on Wednesday.

The Blue Planet II series highlighted the damage caused by discarded plastics to the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. It is estimated that there are more than 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans; resulting in the deaths of 1 million birds and 100,000 sea mammals each year.

Dr Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House said: ‘Plastic pollution is one of the gravest challenges facing the world’s oceans, and undoubtedly an international issue. Sir David and the BBC Studios Natural History Unit played an instrumental role in helping to put this issue at the forefront of the public agenda. Blue Planet II spurred a passionate global response and generated clear behavioural and policy change.’

This year the G20 agreed on an international framework to address marine plastic litter, acknowledging the increasing urgency of the issue and the need for an international solution. This follows action from the UK government, including a plan to ban common plastic items and investment in global research.

Read more: chathamhouse.org/news/2019-11-19-sir-david-attenborough-and-bbc-studios-natural-history-unit-awarded-chatham-house & chathamhouse.org/file/chatham-house-prize-2019-sir-david-attenborough-and-bbc-studios-natural-history-unit


Chatham House Prize 2019: Sir David Attenborough and BBC Studios Natural History Unit


Sir David Attenborough Awarded Chatham House Prize by The Queen

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David Attenborough on the Variety and Resiliency of Nature

In the nineteen-thirties, in Leicester, England, a future knight of the realm named David Attenborough developed an obsession with finding fossils. He would ride his bicycle to old iron quarries and knock on rocks with a little hammer—some would fall apart and reveal an ammonite shell, perfectly preserved, unseen for a hundred and fifty million years. “That mine were the first human eyes to fall on it? Well, that’s thrilling!” he told The New Yorker, in an interview. Sir Attenborough, who is now ninety-three and going strong, never lost his deep well of wonder, his drive to find the unseen, or his electric sense that the world out there contains magic. Luckily for the rest of us, he wanted to share this joy, and had the style, command, wit, and voice—the voice!—to do so incomparably. “I don’t make these programs out of some kind of proselytizing view that people ought to be interested in them,” he has said. “I do it because I’m interested in them and it gives me huge pleasure.”

More here: newyorker.com/culture/video-dept/david-attenborough-on-the-variety-and-resiliency-of-nature

From: video.newyorker.com/watch/david-attenborough-on-spiders-with-personalities


Brock Initiative

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Malaysia and the Broken Global Recycling System – Greenpeace

Greenpeace Malaysia has been conducting field investigations into the broken global system of recycling, and how Malaysia has become a dumping ground for the unwanted trash of 19 other countries.


Malaysia and the Broken Global Recycling System

Reduce, reuse, recycle. In that order. greenpeace.org/international/act/lets-end-the-age-of-plastic

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Anthony Roberts – ZED Creative Showreel - 2019

Anthony of Zed Creative says: "An eclectic montage of some of my work over the last few years.

I get involved in many different types of project, each with its own unique requirements and therefore its own unique style, but I like working this way.

As a multi-disciplinary designer, most of my work is in Motion Graphics, 3D Modelling and Animation, Photography and Video, and I have covered examples here. Some sequences are taken from published projects, but because of the nature of my work, I cannot show everything in its original form, so some sequences are personal projects and some are live projects that I have adapted for my own purposes - so much work gets produced and never leaves the “cutting room” floor."


ZED Creative Showreel - 2019

Visit: www.iamzed.co.uk

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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The Game Changers is now on Netflix!

The Game Changers is streaming around the world on Netflix — and subtitled in 30+ languages!

In less than a week the film become the bestselling doc of all time on iTunes ... Now watch on Netflix ... Tell your friends!


The Game Changers | Official Trailer

Watch it here: netflix.com/watch/81157840

The Green Hub Project

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DOG WAR: The Fight to End the Dog Meat Trade

A team of American special ops veterans employs commando tactics to stop the powerful and brutal dog meat trade in Korea. In post-production. dogwarfilm.com


DOG WAR: The Fight to End the Dog Meat Trade

We wondered if the film-makers and operatives in this film are vegan ... i.e. that they extend the same morality to pigs, cows, chickens and such? We've asked the question and are awating a response.

You can support the film here: gofundme.com/f/dog-war-film

Conservation Film-making - How to make films that make a difference


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SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET: WHY THE FUTURE IS ON OUR PLATE

Who could fail to be captivated by the brilliance of Sir David Attenborough’s latest series, Seven Worlds: One Planet?  The title itself sums up beautifully the interconnectedness of life on Earth. How we all depend on each other. How the living world around us is the very life support system for humanity.

What I think particularly important about Sir David’s latest series is how it shows the all-encompassing impact of global warming.

One of the big contributors to global warming, of course, is our global hunger for meat and dairy.

Despite governments signing up in Paris to limit runaway climate change, precious little has been done to reduce emissions from our food.

Farm animals already contribute 14.5 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions, more than all the world’s planes, trains and cars put together. Already, 74 billion farm animals are reared for food every year. As things stand, tens of billions more animals will soon be reared and slaughtered each year for meat.

The UN predicts a doubling in demand for meat globally by the middle of the century.

The UN warns that global warming must be kept within 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century or the consequences will be catastrophic.

Those two predictions are incompatible. Things are going the wrong way to save the planet. To stop mass wildlife extinctions and a collapse of the living world around us.

Meat, milk, eggs put out far more greenhouse gas emissions per unit of protein than plant products such as grains, vegetables and pulses. A recent Chatham House study underscored the point that global temperature rise is unlikely to stay below 2 degrees Celsius without reducing consumption of meat and dairy.

That is why one of the most important things we can all do to help safeguard the future of life on Earth is to eat more plants, less and better meat and dairy. And by better, I mean not from factory farms. Instead, from more humane and environmentally friendly farming systems like pasture-fed, free range or organic.

Scientists tell us we have but a decade to solve climate change or leave a deeply impoverished planet as a legacy for our children.

We can all play a big part in shaping a better future three times a day through the food we choose.

The choice is yours.


Planet Earth: How mankind is threatening life on earth

A special documentary explaining what is going wrong with our food systems and how our desire for cheap meat is driving species to extinction.

Visit: ciwf.org.uk/factory-farming

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Land of the Jaguar

A film highlighting the plight of the jaguar in Brazil because of loss of habitat due to land development for soya and beef.


Land of the Jaguar from Compassion in World Farming

Read: Caring About Jaguars Means Caring About Chickens – ciwf.com/blog/2017/08/caring-about-jaguars-means-caring-about-chickens


Eating Chickens is Killing Jaguars (Dead Zone #2)

Around the world, intensive animal agriculture is driving many of our most cherished wild species—from jaguars to bison to bees—to the brink of extinction.

Find out how to help at ciwf.com/active-campaigns

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Dr Adam Levy ... AKA Climate Adam – A science filmmaker and presenter, having made everything from documentary to animation for Nature.

He's also a climate scientist and communicator, and have created his own YouTube channel dedicated to explaining climate change in playful and engaging ways.


Clarifying Climate Confusion – Playlist

Visit his website: www.climateadam.co.uk & youtube.com/ClimateAdam

Follow on facebook.com/ClimateAdam, twitter.com/ClimateAdam & instagram.com/climate_adam

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Gil Arbel – A wildlife filmmaker, above & underwater cameraman & a wildlife film expedition leader.

For the last 20 years Gil has traveled the world documenting the most beautiful, rare & remarkable wildlife on Earth. From Israel to Tonga, Africa & South America.

Working with the BBC, National Geographic & Discovery channels, he has brought to the screen some of the most unforgettable wildlife scenes.


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Visit Gil's website: www.gilarbel.com

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Jason Roehrig – A bourgeoning award winning natural history filmmaker and photographer, Jason Roehrig applies his passion for conservation and adventure to create media that not only tells a story, but ensnares, educates, and enthralls his audience.

After graduating with a degree in biology, Jason worked as a field biologist mapping and protecting endangered habitats, wetlands, and water systems as well as a nematologist at a major agricultural research firm. Once realizing that he could use his background to make a larger splash in conservation efforts in conjunction with media, Jason enrolled in the MFA program Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. Since then, he has journeyed across continents and oceans, using his knowledge, skills, and adoration for the natural world to share all the wonders that are worth saving. From endangered toads in Death Valley to bioluminescent glowworms in the South Pacific, Jason believes that everything has a story to tell, and by sharing them, promotes their longevity.

Working alongside other very talented and passionate filmmakers, Jason has had the pleasure of working for the BBC Natural History Unit, National Geographic, PBS, History Channel and a wide range of other independent production companies based worldwide.

Special Skills Include

  • FAA Certified Drone Pilot - Phantom 4 Pro with knowledge of Inspire 2
  • High-speed Cameras – Phantom 4K Flex, etc
  • Specialist Camerawork – Macro, Night-vision/Thermal & Motion Control Timelapse

Visit his website: www.jasonroehrig.com

Follow on facebook.com/JasonRFP & instagram.com/jasvanroe

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Elliot Connor – a Sydney, Australia-based budding wildlife film-maker, assistant/runner, wildlife photographer and conservationist looking to use his skills to help the natural world.

He says: "Stepping off a Qantas aeroplane in the Sunshine Coast airport of Queensland, AU, I paused and the happiest moment of my life washed over me. I had been invited by the legendary photographer Steve Parish to attend a weekend masterclass of his (for free), lodging in his studio over the weekend. For a young aspiring photographer of 15, it doesn't get much better than that!! In a mere 48 hours, my skills received the upgrade of a lifetime, and I left with an inspiration that still burns within me.

Several years hence and I'm rapidly gaining recognition as a stills photographer and wildlife conservationist, continuing my mentorship journey with the best as I forge my own path into the filmmaking industry. Building on my deep-set love for and appreciation of the natural world, I seek always to capture the essence of the wildlife that shares our planet, to illustrate its longstanding connection with us as human beings, and in doing so create a new meaning for the words 'Human Nature.'"

Visit his website: www.elliotconnor.com

Follow Elliot on twitter.com/eco_elliot & instagram.com/elliotconnor.eco

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