May 2020

5th Annual Videos Issue

Above – Our 2020 Videos Issue cover features excerpts from Biomimicry Institute’s new 20-minute film introducing biomimicry as a pathway for design inspired by nature, narrated by Co-founder Janine Benyus and produced by Tree Media. See the entire film below.

Welcome to our 5th Annual Videos Issue. We have curated a collection of beautiful, interesting and impactful films featuring a variety of innovators from the interconnected worlds of Impact Investing, Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability. We think you’ll find them as engaging as we do.

As the last several months have redefined stress and chaos, it is understandable if you have missed our March and April editions. Please know you can easily access both the Investing in Indigenous Communities issues and Women and Investing issues in our Past Issues section. We believe the four issues together contain some of our best articles ever, along with several GreenMoney Talks Podcasts.

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"The Promise of Biomimicry"

The Promise of Biomimicry–Resilient Design in a Climate Impacted World

Tree Media – The Biomimicry Institute recently released this new film that introduces biomimicry as a way of living for everyday people and as a pathway for design inspired by nature. Co-founder Janine Benyus walks us through the emerging discipline that takes wisdom from the natural world to transform it into human design. Up-and-coming companies share their vision and inspiration, and viewers are poised to ask how nature would solve a problem.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming | Bioneers

Paul Hawken–Drawdown

Bioneers 2019 – The visionary goal of Project Drawdown, founded by Paul Hawken, is to actually reverse global warming by drawing carbon out of the atmosphere back down to pre-industrial levels. All the practices and technologies documented in Paul’s best-selling “Drawdown” book are already commonly available, economically viable, and scientifically valid. Doing what’s right for the climate means doing the right thing across the board while creating abundant, meaningful jobs and a vibrant green economy.
Treeline (Full Film) | The Secret Life of Trees

Treeline: A Story Written in Rings

Patagonia Films 2019 – Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth, living bridges into our planet’s expansive past. This film celebrates the forests on which our species has always depended—and around which some skiers and snowboarders etch their entire lives. Follow a group of snow-seekers, scientists and healers as they explore the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of BC and the bristlecones of Nevada.

Stephen Ritz on growing something greater: Healthy children, schools and communities

Growing Something Greater: Healthy Children, Schools and Communities

GreenBiz20 – Stephen Ritz is an educator in the South Bronx, where he takes a “whole school” approach to education, rooted in health, wellness and mindfulness. In the poorest Congressional district in America, healthy, fresh food is not always available, he teaches students about growing and preparing their own vegetables in school farms. “Of all the crops I’ve grown,” he says, “my greatest crops have been my students themselves.”
Terry Tempest Williams - Erosion | Bioneers

Terry Tempest Williams–Erosion

Bioneers 2019 – Wind, water and time are agents of erosion evident in the desert. They have shaped the spectacular physical landscape of our nation from the Great Smokies to the Grand Canyon. But Terry Tempest Williams is also seeing another kind of erosion in America: erosion of democracy; erosion of science, decency, compassion, and trust. “What if our undoing leads us to our becoming? We are eroding and evolving, at once.”
Pollinators Under Pressure

Pollinators Under Pressure

Tree Media – This film looks at the plight of pollinators around the world and the actions we can all take to ensure their survival, and that of humans and ecosystems everywhere. Narrated by actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, this short film features expert voices and diverse points of view from representatives of federal agencies, NGOs, and youth who are working in communities to help residents understand the impact of everyday actions on pollinators and their habitats.

Solar for All

This film celebrates the successes and documents the challenges of implementing Solar For All in Washington, D.C., an initiative of Mayor Muriel Bowser to provide 100,000 low-to-moderate income families with the benefits of locally-generated clean energy. This solar energy mandate (#DCSolarStories), shows how using innovation and the concept of equity or “equal access” to local, clean energy can slash resident’s utility burdens and protect underserved communities in the face of the changing climate.
Saving the World’s Coral Reefs, One Virtual Dive at a Time

Saving the World’s Coral Reefs, One Virtual Dive at a Time

Marine biologist Erika Woolsey worked with a team of scientists and storytellers to create IMMERSE, a VR film exploring the beauty of the sea and the ongoing decimation of coral reefs. In this film, take a virtual dive on the coral reefs of Palau. Swim with manta rays, sea turtles, and sharks while exploring beautiful and threatened coral ecosystems and hear from marine scientists and young ocean advocates.
Luxembourg: A financial centre at the heart of sustainable finance

Luxembourg: At the Heart of Sustainable Finance

The Luxembourg Financial Centre today acts as a leading international platform for sustainable finance, supporting a range of activities from responsible investment funds and blended finance to green bond listings and ESG fund labelling. This film, part of the 50 Sustainability Climate Leaders project, explores some of the recent initiatives in the area of sustainable and climate finance that the Luxembourg government has launched.
Temple Grandin on understanding all kinds of minds

Temple Grandin on understanding all kinds of minds

GreenBiz20 – As a leading author, scientist and speaker in the fields of autism and animal behavior, Dr. Temple Grandin has long understood the merits of different types of thinking and the strength of cognitive diversity in the workforce. When we recognize and embrace types of thinking different from our own, we can make breakthroughs that otherwise would be unattainable. Dr. Grandin discusses how to apply new ways of thinking to your work to achieve sustainability goals.

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