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History, Time & the Anthropocene

MAN vs EARTH

Who Do You Think Will Win?

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Welcome to the Anthropocene

Data visualisation capturing the scale of humanity and the new concept of the Anthropocene. Produced by IGBP and Globai, this 3-minute film was originally shown at the opening of the UN’s Rio+20 Summit.

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The History of our world in 18 minutes:

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes.

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To Fix Climate Change We Need to Understand Time

As a geologist and a professor, I speak and write rather cavalierly about eons. One of the courses I teach is The History of Earth and Life. It’s a survey of the 4.5-billion-year saga of the entire…

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300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we’re reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we’re in for an exciting ride.

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Interconnectedness

Mother Earth – Jane Goodall

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall

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Education for Sustainable Development

“Education for Sustainable Development empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for environmental integrity, economic viability and a just society, for present and future generations, while respecting cultural diversity.”

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Listen To The Wombat – All is One

Listen to our furry little friend explain how everyone and everything is interconnected.
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How Wolves Change Rivers

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers?
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Systems-thinking

Water Energy Food – Nexus thinking explained

Nexus thinking is a new way of thinking that recognises the crucial interdependence of water, energy and food — a relationship that forms the core of the Environment Nexus project.

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Systems Theory Film

A short film looking at some of the key themes within Systems theory such as the debate surrounding reductionism and holism, the Newtonian paradigm and Systems Thinking.

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Systems Thinking In Pictures

Short image and text video explaining some of the ideas of systems thinking.

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Transformation and Innovation

Moving from “doing less badly” to “sustainability”

It’s time to start thinking about development that benefits both people and the planet. It’s time to talk about transformation, and changing the way we change.

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The Future Starts Now

A film about sustainable development and the journey ahead.

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Dare To Imagine

What will the world look like in 50 years? The problems facing our world are so large that they demand disruptive thinking. We don’t have time to think in incremental terms. It’s time to challenge the status quo, and dare to imagine what we can do.

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SDGs

The Sustainable Development Agenda

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. 

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The Sustainable Development Goal Indicators Website

A robust follow-up and review mechanism for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires a solid framework of indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of all stakeholders.

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The E-Handbook on Sustainable Development Goals

This handbook is targeted towards national statisticians to enable them to monitor progress made in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals based on data produced by national statistical systems.

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UN Sustainable Development Courses Available for Free

In addition to the implementation of the SDGs, 17 various universities have worked to create an initiative to educate learners about the SDGs and how they can contribute to achieving them.

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Tackling the “Hungry Season” in Africa’s Cities

Filling the food gap in African cities isn’t about making sure there are more calories in circulation, but about understanding how poverty expresses itself through people’s relationship with food.

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Transformation is feasible: How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries

The dual adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) together with the Paris Climate Agreement, both in 2015, represents a global turning point. We have never before had such a universal development plan for people and planet.

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Population

DON’T PANIC — Hans Rosling showing the facts about population

This is a free documentary for a fact-based worldview. The visualizations & stories in this film were originally developed by Gapminder.

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Energy, Carbon, the Carbon Budget and “stranded assets”

Unburnable Carbon 2013: Wasted Capital and Stranded Assets – CTI Report

This video tool accompanies our latest global report, Unburnable carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets, allowing you to explore the levels of fossil fuel reserves and resources across the stock exchanges of the world and discover…

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Climate Cartoons #1 – What is a Carbon Budget?

This is the pilot episode for an animated series that explores important parts of climate change science that affects public policy in an effort to help the public understand why this is an important issue.

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Climate Cartoons #2 – What Does the Budget Imply?

Episode 2 of our Climate Cartoons series answers the question of what having a carbon budget means for a society. The short answer is that it’s going to be a challenge, no doubt but we don’t really have much of a choice.
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Climate Cartoons #3 – A Short History of our Energy Grid

Episode 3 of the Climate Cartoons series explains how we got the system we have today from an infrastructure perspective. In 2 min we outline the huge role infrastructure decisions make in all other planning decisions…

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Climate Cartoons #4 – The Difference Between Hard and Soft Path Energy

In 1976 Amory Lovins coined “soft path energy”. A system that he believed should replace the antiquated energy grid we had at the time. 40 years later, too little has changed, and the need for his view of a renewable, localized, and smart power grid is needed more than ever.

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South Africa must end its coal habit. But it’s at odds about when and how

South Africa’s power utility Eskom is in crisis. In recent weeks, this has been brought home to South Africa’s 58 million citizens as major power cuts hit the country. The blackouts have renewed focus on the power utility’s economic and technical problems.

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Sustainability Intelligence and Education for Sustainable Development

The Magic Washing Machine

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day…

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