Do you know the Greenpeace film festival? This is a very nice initiative by Greenpeace which is making 15 films (or rather documentaries) available from January 13 to 27, 2020. The public has the opportunity to vote for their favorite documentary. The aim is to raise public awareness of environmental issues and to highlight positive initiatives.

Documentary – Living the change

Realized by : Jordan Osmond & Antoinette Wilson
Year of production : 2018
Country : Nouvelle-Zélande

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Living the change – Summary

A documentary in 2 parts: a first where specialists make observations to better understand the second part made multiple positive initiatives to act.
The icing on the cake: it’s set in New Zealand, so the landscapes are pretty cool!
The key element: let’s change the way we eat.

50% of the content of our bins is organic and 30% recyclable

What we retain from the findings

Ourfood system is very vulnerable. This is mainly due to monoculture: growing a plant or raising a single animal. To balance this, growers use pesticides and other chemical derivatives. Biodiversity does not work that way.
We must change our food systemfor humans but also all the other animals on the planet.

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Photo from the documentary Living the change

We need to reduce our energy needs: solar panels, wind turbines etc. are not the solution because they are not sufficient and in any case need fossil fuels in each stage of manufacture. We must leave the energy in the ground: oil, coal, gas and replant forests as much as possible. It’s the only thing that matters.

Healthy food production integrates plants and animals. They interact with each other in many ways. Without animals, we would have to use chemicals.
Yes, we need to eat less meat. Above all, we need to seek out and support producers who take care of the environment and animals.

The economy is building for us to buy, consume, throw away and redeem things.

We no longer have (or few) connections to nature, real connections. Before, men knew what a particular plant was used for (medicinal for example), which song belonged to which bird, people really knew each other in communities, cities, villages (and not superficially), the world consumerist takes us away from any possibility of rediscovering these connections. We compensate for the lack of relationship with what this consumerist society offers us.

When you buy an item, there is packaging you see, but most of the waste is generated for the manufacture of that item.

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Photo from the documentary Living The Change

What we learned from the initiatives presented in Living the change

The concept of local currency is rather simple and interesting: think of the local with a dedicated currency rather than trips to town. It goes especially with human values: mutual aid, exchange, benevolence.

A new community initiative: a repair café, where you can repair these broken things in all areas (sewing, electronic repair, mechanics …) with volunteers who give of their time to help. In addition to the encounters and friendships that can be formed, volunteers have one purpose and this is rewarding – to be useful to others.

The concept of waste did not exist 200 or 300 years ago, we just did not produce it.

Lashes and biodegradable waste represent more than a third of the content of landfills. When biodegradable elements break down into anaerobes, they emit a lot of methane, which is 23 times more harmful than CO2, as a greenhouse gas.
An initiative collects all the waste from companies in the sector in order to be able to compost it and that this waste then enriches the earth – in a virtuous circle in itself.

The healthier we eat, the better our waste will be, and the easier it will be to manage and return to the earth.

Think global, act local!

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