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"In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply. "
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future
Living the Change is a free feature-length documentary that explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.
Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.
Regenerating Degraded Land
Suzanne Simard | Mother Trees and the Social Forest
YouTube video: "Forest Ecologist Suzanne Simard reveals that trees are part of a complex, interdependent circle of life; that forests are social, cooperative creatures connected through underground mycorrhizal networks by which trees communicate their vitality and vulnerabilities, and share and exchange resources and support.
Simard's extraordinary research and tenacious efforts to raise awareness on the interconnectedness of forest systems, both above and below ground, has revolutionized our understanding of forest ecology. This increasing knowledge is driving a call for more sustainable practices in forestry and land management, ones that develop strategies based on the forest as a whole entity, not on trees as isolated individuals."
They Escaped the City & Make Money Homesteading
YouTube video: "Learn how this family of 8 escaped the city for the country and built a profitable homestead while growing most of their own food. We'll go over many aspects of their farm business and animal systems, you pick flowers and the many things that helped them earn a living from their farm."
Sustainable & Just Systems
Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution
YouTube video: They are not focusing on what is not working, but much more on what is and what we need to do to transform.
10 Permaculture Projects For Your Backyard
YouTube: In this video we take a look at 10 common components often seen in Permaculture Designs that would make great projects to create in your own backyard. In permaculture the overall design is more than the sum of its parts, but here are some of the parts that can help you move toward sustainable food systems on your own property.
He Farms 35 Hours a Week By Himself and Makes 6 Figures
YouTube video: "5 year ago, I met a guy named Andrew at a farm to table dinner. He told me about his market farming operation and we've stayed in touch ever since. Today, I finally got the chance to tour his ~1 acre market farm that he's optimized to give him a work-life balance that many people would dream of.
10 promising ideas to reuse packaging | Circular economy examples
YouTube video: "In this whiteboard animation, I present 10 inspiring ideas to reuse packaging and avoid single-use packaging based on the research and book by the Ellen MacArthur foundation. Circular economy is not only about recycling and reusing packaging is a great way to not have to recycle it."
Sustainable & Just Systems
Sustainability strategy: planning in 4 steps (ABCD)
YouTube video, "In this whiteboard animation, I present a 4-step method to create effective and rigorous strategic sustainability plans. It is inspired from the work of Dr Karl-Henrick Robèrt and The Natural Step. Read more on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Natu... and http://www.naturalstep.org/en/abcd-pr.... It also highlights that the creative tension between the current situation and the vision of success is what generates motion and action toward sustainability."
Recycling revolutionary Veena Sahajwalla turns old clothes into kitchen tiles | Australian Story
YouTube video, "Scientist and NSW Australian of the Year Veena Sahajwalla is a recycling superstar with some bold new ideas about how to save waste from landfill. "
Sustainable & Just Systems
The Illusion of Democracy: Who Really Controls our Lives?
Life is about choice. What we eat, what we read, who we elect; every day we make choices that determine how we want to live. But what if these choices are just an illusion? In an era where regulations and red tape rule every industry, where lobby groups and big business wield more influence than ever before, our daily choices have become increasingly limited. Focusing on key areas such as food, medicine, finance, and media, Freedom From Choice provides viewers with a glimpse at the myriad of ways their lives are being dictated, and tells us who stands to gain.
Director: Tim Delmastro
Original Title: Freedom from Choice (2014)
Localization a Call to Action
This is a great educational resource page Regeneration.org: "Localization reconnects families and communities with nutritious, fair, regenerative, and regionally produced food. For centuries, diverse seasonal crops were grown sustainably to be shared and consumed locally. Industrialism overthrew these local and regional food systems in favor of mass-produced monocultures that"
Searching for Home Finding Grace
A free 300 page e-book journey to support the life path of regenerative farmers/ranchers. This was written by a rancher, Jared Sorenson, who with understanding and support can help you transform your life, your relationships, and inspire you to live your life's mission.