1. Today the Green Renaissance team decided to put up swings in out city.
    Nature inspires us. Go Play
    A short film by greenrenaissance.co.za

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    The critically endangered black rhino continued to expand into its historical range when a founder population of 13 animals was released on to a new home in Limpopo province recently. The animals form the sixth founder population created through the WWF/ Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.

    “All went well with the translocation and release,” said WWF project leader Dr Jacques Flamand. “The new area had a lot of rain soon after we released which means there will be good browse and water. The animals have settled well after spending a few days exploring the area.”

    The recent surge in rhino poaching underlines the importance of conservation initiatives like the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, Dr Flamand explained. “There are two sides to good rhino conservation. One is intensive security for existing populations. The other is managing to make sure that your population grows as fast as possible. If you do not manage for high population growth rate, then effectively over time you are losing a lot of animals that could have been born. Rapid population growth rate can mean the difference between survival and extinction for a critically endangered species.”

    98 black rhino have been translocated through the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project so far, and at least 26 calves have been born on project sites. One site already has 11 calves, and 10 calves have been born in 2010.

    There are currently about 4500 black rhino left in Africa, up from the lowest point of about 2100 in the early 1990s. Black rhino have a reputation for being bad-tempered but in fact are just shy and nervous of strangers. New research suggests they have social structures that were previously not recognised.

    The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project aims to increase land available for black rhino conservation, thereby increasing numbers of this critically endangered species. This is done by forming partnerships with landowners with large areas of black rhino habitat. Usually several landowners agree to remove internal fences in order to create large enough areas to hold a significant population of black rhino. The Project also supports security measures on important black rhino source populations.

    The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is a partnership between WWF and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, and is supported by the Mazda Wildlife Fund.

    This short film was made possible by funding from Mazda:

    Driven by the spirit of commitment Mazda reach out far beyond our vehicles, showrooms and factories, by nurturing our nation's wildlife through the Mazda Wildlife Fund. We are dedicated to protecting and preserving our rich and irreplaceable heritage. Since 1990, we've invested over R26 million into the Fund, and are committed to a future investment of R1,5 million per year, contributing towards a multitude of scientific endeavours critical for the survival of our planet in areas such as education, conservation and research. Currently Mazda Wildlife Fund supports 30 non-government and non-profit organization projects with 30 vehicles, covering aspect of conservation, research and environmental education. This year we have decided to take this commitment a step further by creating media content that profiles our organizations to help generate awareness and support around the admirable work that they are doing.

    Mazda Wildlife Fund - mazda.co.za/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Common&cid=1163402356521&c=DFYPage&site=MSA

    contact Dr Jacques Flamand - jflamand@wwf.org.za

    wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/rhinoceros/african_rhinos/black_rhinoceros/

    or for information about the film production - greenrenaissance.co.za

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  3. The WESSA/ WWF eco-schools programme is an innovative curriculum-based environmental education initiative supported by the national education department. It was launched in South Africa in 2003 to teach future generations about conservation and how it improves all of our lives.
    Eco-schools is an internationally recognized programme operating in over 51 countries. 1200 South African schools, from rural under-resourced schools to private, independent schools are registered ensuring environmental action and responsibility at all levels, in all cultures and in all places.
    Many valuable projects have been initiated by learners including water-wise food gardens, energy saving measures including solar cookers, removal of alien vegetation, cleaning up pollution and designing posters for social issues like HIV/AIDS.

    Schools work toward their green flag through learning in the classroom and taking action around certain local issues they have identified in their schools and communities.
    Once awarded schools need to show that they are sustaining and developing their projects on a yearly basis adding the important element of sustainability.

    This short film was made possible by funding from Mazda:

    Driven by the spirit of commitment Mazda reach out far beyond our vehicles, showrooms and factories, by nurturing our nation's wildlife through the Mazda Wildlife Fund. We are dedicated to protecting and preserving our rich and irreplaceable heritage. Since 1990, we've invested over R26 million into the Fund, and are committed to a future investment of R1,5 million per year, contributing towards a multitude of scientific endeavours critical for the survival of our planet in areas such as education, conservation and research. Currently Mazda Wildlife Fund supports 30 non-government and non-profit organization projects with 30 vehicles, covering aspect of conservation, research and environmental education. This year we have decided to take this commitment a step further by creating media content that profiles our organizations to help generate awareness and support around the admirable work that they are doing.

    Mazda Wildlife Fund - mazda.co.za/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Common&cid=1163402356521&c=DFYPage&site=MSA

    For further info on Eco Schools go to:

    eco-schools.org
    wessa.org.za
    wwf.org.za/what_we_do/green_trust/

    For further information in the film production go to:

    greenrenaissance.co.za

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    Help protect and save the Cape Vulture contact vultureconservation.co.za

    Two Paragliders have a life changing experience when they decide to fly with the threatened Cape Vulture in South Africa. Today less than 2900 breeding pairs remain world wide.

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  5. It always amazes me how sentimental we seem to become over things that serve absolutely no purpose in our lives. Faced with the prospect of deciding to dispose of them, suddenly we can't imagine our lives without them. "Sentimental property" by its very nature, it seems, only ever applies to things that have long since given up the ghost, in terms of practical application.

    I'm speaking in particular of the Athlone Cooling Towers, those large concrete eyesores on the N2: useless and outdated monuments to coal power. Mention that they're coming down, and people act as though it's 9/11 all over again.

    Several days before they were scheduled to be demolished, I was discussing the hype with some mates of mine when one of them, a skater, mentioned he'd always wished he'd skated inside one of the towers. Until now, it had never really occurred to me what the inside of the towers actually looked like, but a giant skate park was not exactly what first came to mind. Nonetheless, it gave me an idea - a couple of guys skating in a giant indoor arena, call it a day and skate over to a nearby bridge where they watch the towers, in which they had been skating only minutes before, come crashing to the ground.

    Naturally, it wouldn't be easy. We only had two days to shoot everything, and being Cape Town, weather is always a concern. Luckily, Sector 9 was really keen when we voiced our idea and was more than happy to help us out with boards. Finding skaters to get involved also wasn't a problem, and in no time at all we had a cast, ready to shoot.

    In many ways, the entire commercial hinged on one shot in particular, the shot of the skaters walking away from the towers, and with less than 24 hours to go before blast off, it was going to be tight. The shot of the guys sitting in the foreground, with the towers going down in the background was, obviously, also a pivotal scene and we really wanted this to feel real, so we didn't want to comp it into the shot in post.

    As is the case with most shoots, regardless of how carefully you dot the i's and cross the t's, something invariably will go wrong, and in this case, it was the towers that, famously, came down three minutes early! One of our cameras was being setup at the time and as result, completely missed all the action. Luckily, we were filming another viral ad at the same time with four cameras strategically placed around the tower, so we were able to get everything we needed.

    In order to shoot the skating shots, we rigged a Steadicam to a Segway. The guys from Camera Station were kind enough to let us use their Segway at very short notice. Thanks guys! The Segway worked really well in capturing the skaters’ world. It was important for me to have the shots where I could see the skaters constantly on the move as though I were one of them. We could also get up nice and close and squeeze into tight spaces, which we could not do with a tracking vehicle. For some of the more organic shots, I shot handheld, while skating on a Sector 9 skateboard, in order to get nice and low to the ground. It was a little tricky and risky, but in the end, the shots were well worth it.

    We decided to shoot the entire ad on a 5D and a 7D, but for the steadicam shots we had an EX3 ready to go on the steadicam, as we did not have the time to set up the 5D or 7D on the steadicam.

    It’s illegal to skate inside the towers and impossible to get in there, while they were prepping the explosives for the blasting, so we could not shoot the opening scene inside the cooling towers. Our solution was to shoot that scene in studio: fortunately we had another job already booked in the studio, which enabled us to get a few quick shots in with the Phantom HD Gold at 1000fps, but unfortunately for us we ran very overtime on the other shoot, so we didnt get what we needed. We changed the entire edit to be more of a montage to make more sense, but I think it turned out o.k.

    I hope you enjoy.

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Change is a platform to generate discussion, to garner new ideas and to truly initiate real and sustainable change. In South Africa, one of the most inefficient economies on the globe and the world's 11th largest emitter of greenhouse gases, there is a gap of understanding, we would like to bridge that gap. Environmental programming and content has taken the back seat for far too long in South Africa and more specifically locally produced content. We would like to shift understanding and bring about the much needed social and environmental changes, now begins the revolution...
We can only make a real and sustainable difference if we work together. Through awareness, education and social development we can accomplish change for the better, we can surmount the challenging obstacles that lie ahead and whilst doing this instilling values that seem to be lost to over-consumption, greed and individualization.
There is a great global paradigm shift toward living greener and more sustainably now is the time to change. We believe in affecting change, creating awareness and shifting mindsets. If we work together in collaboration, society altering possibilities await.

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