Before the Flood – Documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio

Before the Flood – Documentary by Leonardo DiCaprio

Producers: Leonardo DiCaprio & Fisher Stevens
Via Before the Flood

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If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent the disruption of life on our planet. Beyond the steps we can take as individuals, the film urges viewers to push their elected officials in supporting the use of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. “We need everyone to demand bold action from their political leaders and to elect representatives who have their best interests at heart, not the interests of corporations to perpetuate a cycle of greed and destruction,” says DiCaprio. “This documentary shows how interconnected the fate of all humanity is — but also the power we all possess as individuals to build a better future for our planet.”

Before the Flood premieres in theaters on October 21st and will air globally on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th in 171 countries and 45 languages. The film is directed by Fisher Stevens and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Fisher Stevens, Jennifer Davisson and Trevor Davidoski with Brett Ratner and James Packer of RatPac Entertainment. It was written by Mark Monroe and Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, Adam Bardach, Mark Monroe, and Zara Duffy. The film is edited by Geoffrey Richman A.C.E., Ben Sozanski, Abhay Sofsky, and Brett Banks. The Director of Photography is Antonio Rossi. The Executive Music Producers are Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross with original music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mogwai and Gustavo Santaolalla.

The carbon emissions from Before The Flood were offset through a voluntary carbon tax. Learn how you can offset your own carbon emissions by going to CarboTax.org

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The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?

Authors: George Jr Pajon, Justin Timberlake, Michael Fratantuno, Printz Board, Allan Pineda, Will Adams, Jaime Gomez
Via YouTube | Uploaded on Jun 16, 2009

 

Music video by Black Eyed Peas performing Where Is The Love?. (C) 2003 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

Where Is The Love?

What’s wrong with the world, mama
People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that’ll bring you trauma

Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin’
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK

But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate, yeah

Madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y’all, y’all

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love) [2x]
Where is the love, the love, the love

It just ain’t the same, old ways have changed
New days are strange, is the world insane?
If love and peace are so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong?

Nations droppin’ bombs
Chemical gasses fillin’ lungs of little ones
With ongoin’ sufferin’ as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin’ really gone

So I could ask myself really what is goin’ wrong
In this world that we livin’ in people keep on givin’ in
Makin’ wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin’ each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin’ on but the reason’s undercover

The truth is kept secret, it’s swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where’s the love, y’all, come on (I don’t know)
Where’s the truth, y’all, come on (I don’t know)
Where’s the love, y’all

People killin’, people dyin’
Children hurt and you hear them cryin’
Can you practice what you preach?
Or would you turn the other cheek?

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)? [6x]
Where is the love, the love, the love?

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m gettin’ older, y’all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin’
Selfishness got us followin’ the wrong direction

Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema

Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity

That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feelin’ down
There’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feelin’ under
Gotta keep my faith alive ‘til love is found
Now ask yourself

Where is the love? [4x]

Father, Father, Father, help us
Send some guidance from above
‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’
Where is the love?

Sing with me y’all:
One world, one world (We only got)
One world, one world (That’s all we got)
One world, one world
And something’s wrong with it (Yeah)
Something’s wrong with it (Yeah)
Something’s wrong with the wo-wo-world, yeah
We only got
(One world, one world)
That’s all we got
(One world, one world)

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Shhhh, We’ve Got a Secret: Soil Solves Global Warming

Shhhh, We’ve Got a Secret: Soil Solves Global Warming

Author: George Spyros
Via Tree Hugger | June 28, 2007

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In the seven-minute video after the jump, QuantumShift.tv turns its lens to the carbon emissions caused by large-scale farming practices used in growing much of the food in the United States, Canada and the UK. According to the video Soil: The Secret Solution to Global Warming, land farmed organically, using such methods as “no-till” and the planting of winter cover crops, absorbs and holds up to 30% more carbon than conventional agriculture. Converting all US farmland to organic would reduce CO2 emissions by 10%. The UK version of the video states that such a conversion would result in a 20% per year reduction in CO2 emissions (although the on-screen graphic still reads 10%, ostensibly because only the voice-over has been changed from the US version). The extra carbon in the soil also increases food nutrients, which could greatly reduce health care costs. Dig a little deeper after the jump.

The land-based carbon cycle works as plants take CO2 out of the atmosphere and convert it to organic material by photosynthesis. The oxygen in the molecule is released back into the air and the carbon becomes part of the plant’s structure and eventually the soil. Plowing churns up this organic matter and introduces oxygen which expedites its decay. That is, the exposed carbon recombines with oxygen and is released into the atmosphere as CO2, a principle greenhouse gas. The organic farming practice of no-till greatly reduces this large-scale break-up of soil by cutting small slits that are just large enough to accommodate the planting of seeds, thereby conserving the amount of carbon stored in the earth. From a policy perspective, it is most accurate and I think effective to refer to such storing as “agricultural carbon sequestration” in opposition to the industrial catch phrase “carbon sequestration” which refers to the business of going to impractical lengths and assuming a high degree of risk to bury CO2 in the earth’s crust. According to the USDA, U.S. agricultural soils have lost, on average, about one-third of the carbon they contained before wide-scale cultivation began in the 1800s, but more on that later. The video also points out that less tillage also decreases C02 emissions from farm machinery since the equipment makes fewer runs over the field. Also, the benefits of no-till sequestration are tripled when combined with the planting of winter cover crops which are used in organic farming to maintain a healthy soil.

Much of the data in the video is based on a 27-year comparative study conducted by the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvannia which also dispels the myth that chemical fertilizers are needed to provide better yields. Today I spoke briefly with Dr. Paul Hepperly who’s featured in the video in an on-camera interview, and he told me that the data from the study has been taken up by Kyoto Protocol signatories Great Britain, Germany and the Netherlands as a component of their climate roadmaps for reducing atmospheric CO2 levels. Notwithstanding that good news, petitions are available which have the goal of pushing leaders to shift existing agricultural subsidies from conventional to organic farming. Go here to sign for the US, Canada or ROW (rest of world).

Image: YouTube

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Watch This Guy Build a Massive Solar System in the Desert | Short Film Showcase

Authors: Wylie Overstreet & Alex Gorosh
Via YouTube | March 2, 2017

 

The vastness of space is almost too mind-boggling for the human brain to comprehend. In order to accurately illustrate our place in the universe, one group of friends decided to build the first scale model of the solar system in seven miles of empty desert. Watch a beautiful representation of our universe come together in light and space in this extraordinary short film.

About Short Film Showcase:
The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Email SFS@ngs.org to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com

About National Geographic:
National Geographic is the world’s premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what’s possible.

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Viajar hace a las personas mucho más felices que los bienes materiales

Autor: Redacción web
Vía Despierta vivimos una mentira

 

El dinero es escaso, los compromisos son muchos y siempre hay que enfrentarse con el dilema: ahorrar dinero para comprar este o aquel buen material, o gastar el dinero en un gran viaje en las próximas vacaciones.

El psicólogo Thomas Gilovich, estudió en la materia y demostró que los viajes traen más felicidad que la adquisición de bienes materiales. Según él, las experiencias individuales que tenemos cuando viajamos son mucho más placenteras que cuando compramos o adquirimos algún producto.

Es muy difícil comparar los viajes, a diferencia de las cosas
Con los bienes materiales te cansas de las cosas rápidamente, mientras que con los viajes, siempre se enriquecen sus experiencias y abren tu mente.

El gran ejemplo es cuando se adquiere un automóvil. Investigas y comparas en miles de marcas el modelo perfecto para ti. Al principio, te emocionas, deseas mostrarlo al mundo y deseas utilizar todas las características. Unos meses después esa euforia se va desvaneciendo. En seis meses es tan sólo un medio de transporte. Durante un año, posiblemente ya quieras cambiarlo por un modelo más nuevo o porque su vecino se compró un motor más potente.

Un viaje es diferente. Ninguno es igual a otro, e incluso si has estado de vacaciones en el Algarve y su colega en los Estados Unidos, el hecho de que su viaje cueste más no quiere decir que te quedes menos feliz o que no vayas a pasarlo bien.

Viajar aproxima más a las personas y a las parejas, las cosas no siempre
Se puede viajar solo, y sabras relacionarte con muchas personas. Puedes hacer un viaje con tu pareja, después de un momento de crisis, y el escape de la rutina puede borrar las peleas y acercarte a la pareja. Un viaje familiar o un pariente puede ser inolvidable y fantástico, con recuerdos para el resto de la vida.

La adquisición de las cosas no siempre se acercan a la gente. E incluso cuando están cerca, no estarás seguro si es por ti o por el objeto que las personas estén cerca de ti.

Viajar abre la mente y cambia su concepción del mundo
Si trabajas desde hace 10 años en la misma empresa, piensas de la misma manera y no consigues ampliar tus horizontes? ¿Qué tal hacer un viaje? Te pondrás en contacto con nuevas y diferentes culturas y lenguajes, experiencias de vida, lugares que jamás habrías conocido en tu rutina estresante.

La experiencia de un viaje es para siempre, la compra de un bien se vuelve obsoleto
Es posible que haya ido a Disney con sus padres con 12 años, y recordará el viaje con una gran riqueza de detalles y alegría cada vez que se toque el tema. Sin embargo comprar cualquier objeto, por bueno o caro que sea, no te va a despertar tales experiencias.

Dos estudios demuestran esto. Un programa para hablar sobre las experiencias te hace más feliz que hablar de las posesiones materiales. Otro estudio muestra que preferimos oír a la gente hablar de experiencias que han tenido lugar de objetos o cosas que han adquirido.

Aprender a cultivar el desapego de lo que no es necesario en tu vida
Si estás pasando por momentos difíciles, o si deseas salir de la rutina, un viaje puede ser un gran remedio. En las mismas situaciones, realizar una compra en los centros comerciales sólo va a dejarte frustrado en momentos posteriores, y mucho más pobre.

Los viajes ayudan a librarte de la rutina, las adicciones y las relaciones acomodadas. Además, se aprende a desprenderte de las cosas y a convivir con lo necesario.

Imagen: Zach Dischner

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