Cateura is a the small town in Paraguay, build on top of a landfill where families are poor, and kids face challenges such as drugs and gangs. But a few years ago, when orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Favio set up a music program for the children, they soon had more students than instruments. That problem has now resulted in a very special project: instruments made out of garbage. And today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, called The Recycled Orchestra.
A film is being made to shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings. The full movie will be finished in 2014, but please watch the trailer. What an inspiring initiative!
My sister sent me the link of the story of this amazing boy Kelvin from Sierra Leone. He lives in a remote village with hardly any electricity. Kelvins tries to help to move his village forward to a better future. He achieves this by creating electric devices such as batteries and generators by ensembling old bits and pieces that he finds in the dustbin. His next project is to build a wind turbine! From scratch recycling litter! A truly inspiring boy!
And as an inspired mum, I am going to encourage my kids in the Christmas Holidays to ensemble an Ipod from the mess in their room! (and there is so much that I think we can take orders!)
Please take some time to watch this TED talk on slavery. Photographer Lisa Kristine has spent 2 years travelling the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of today's slavery. Her photo's are hauntingly beautiful and illuminating the plight of the 27 million people enslaved worldwide.
I find many TED talks very interesting but this one is one of my favourites!
In this talk Nic Marks introduces the Happy Planet Index. He points out that GDP is not the only way to measure a countries success! Have a look and be surprised which country scores the highest on the Happy Planet Index!
It is hard to believe now that half of Europe is covered in snow and every one is complaining here about the "Antarctic" temperatures that the world is actually getting warmer at an incredable fast speed. Last week NASA reported that 2011 was the ninth warmest year since 1880. I think that doesn't sound even too bad, but the second finding of their results is shocking: "(...) nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological records have occured since the year 2000."
In this video you can see (in just 30 seconds) the rapid change in the Global Temperatures since 1880:
I have been doing a bit more research on Climate change and will post it soon. But with Europe going through a "cold period" for a week, I wanted to share this to keep you hot on Global Warming!
Although it is already 4 years old, this is such an amazing speech of an 14-year old girl that I want to share it with you. It is so true what she states and promising that such a young girl can be so convincing at such a serious topic. Thank god that children are our future!
Although this TED talk is not directly linked to sustainability I do like to share it with you as I found it very inspiring. It shows that in our decision making we are not always as rational as we think we are. And realising that, can change our behavior which is necessary to solve the current (and future!) issues the world is facing. Albert Einstein already noticed that: "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
If you live in the UK, try to go and see this documentary film: Blood in the Mobile. It gives a shocking inside view on the digging and trade of the minerals tin and tantalum in the underground mines of Bisie, Congo. Minerals that are used for many of our electronic devices, most importantly our cell phones. On the website of the documentary it says:
Bisie is one of the largest and most notorious illegal mines in the region. It happens frequently that some of the mineshafts collapse and miners are being buried alive. Child labor, prostitution of under age girls and lack of rights and protection of miners are some of the conditions around the mining operations of cassiterite. The money from the minerals is financing the war in the region.
What an horrible idea that a gadget that gives me so much convenience and pleasure has been produced causing so much misery to others.
MTV has started a campaign, MTV Exit, about freedom and our rights as human beings to choose where we live, where we work, who our friends are, and who we love. Most of us take these freedoms for granted, but hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world have had these basic human rights taken away.
According to the International Labor Organisation (ILO) at this moment at least 12.3 million people are victim of forced labour worldwide, of which 2.45 million as a result of human trafficking. This has to stop. Watch this video “Sold” and see, from the side of the victims, why human trafficking is such an horrendous crime that has to stop now.
While doing research for my previous post, Island in the stream, I found this very inspiring TED talk of Capt. Charles Moore, who discovered the "plastic island" in 1997. I can highly recommend to watch this video!