What inspires you?

What inspires you?

National Geographic

Simon Beck is a snow artist who creates huge designs in the snow by simply walking in a pair of snowshoes. He believes that inspiration goes before motivation, and nature’s perfect patterns inspire him to create something new every time out. This short documentary by Flash Studio follows Beck’s preparations for a piece he did in Stryn, Norway, on a day of good snow. Watch and join him as he catches a first glimpse of a masterpiece that, after many steps and calculations, would most likely be covered in two days. Follow Simon on Instagram HERE

 

National Geographic
Every day is a miracle

Every day is a miracle

Green Renaissance

We must teach our children to smell the earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow. Our children have always decided the future. Let them choose one that aligns with our earth.  “Encourage your kids to look for nature everywhere you go. It’s the weed breaking through the pavement, It’s the leaves forming small clumps along the side of the road. It’s the sky at any given time of the day or night. It’s the wind doing what it likes to your hair. Look around, it won’t take long to find it.” ~Penny Whitehouse

We “Green Renaissance”, make these short films as passion projects, to share inspiration. You can help us make more films like this by making a tiny donation, so we can continue this journey with you –  @greenrenaissance

Who is Green Renaissance? We are a tiny collective of 4 passionate filmmakers (Warren, Jacky, Michael and Justine). We live off-grid and dedicate our time to making films that we hope will inspire and share ideas.

Green Renaissance
Every single day I live life

Every single day I live life

Green Renaissance

“Every single day I live life. It is living today. It’s not about ‘someday I’ll do this’… that may never come. You do it now.’

Joel made a decision to move out of the city, and create a more natural way of life for himself. And the positive benefits on his health have been incredible. Take a listen to his story…

We “Green Renaissance”, make these short films as passion projects, to share inspiration. You can help us make more films like this by making a tiny donation, so we can continue this journey with you – @ greenrenaissance

Who is Green Renaissance? We are a tiny collective of 4 passionate filmmakers (Warren, Jacky, Michael and Justine). We live off-grid and dedicate our time to making films that we hope will inspire and share ideas.

Green Renaissance

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• No shortcuts
• It’s hard work it’s not that easy
• My prime years
• Doctor’s rooms
• I changed the whole way of eating
• Allopathic drug
• It’s a holistic situation
• Growing my own food
• Clean water
• My priority
• It’s the air I breathe
• It’s pure free of chlorine and chemicals
• Every single day I live life
• Living today
• That may never come, you do it now
• It’s quite amazing
• Every day I am grateful that I’m here
• But that’s not the word I’m looking for
• It’s an absolute privilege to live out here

How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

 [John  Lewis]

This year’s story is about the power of a gift. And how that gift inspired, changed and influenced the course of a little boy’s life. That little boy just happens to be Elton John. The film begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton’s life right until the moment on Christmas morning when he received the special gift that changed his life.

Your Song Lyrics

It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show
I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one’s for you

And you can tell everybody this is your song
It may be quite simple but now that it’s done
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

Writer(s): JOHN ELTON, TAUPIN BERNARD J P 
Would you care to be my eyes

Would you care to be my eyes

[Be my eyes]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Deal with everyday challenges
  • Play music
  • Go to school
  • Go to work
  • The simplest things can be difficult
  • Through your smart phone
  • A live video connection
  • You can help just be installing the app
  • If you’re in the middle of something
  • Someone else will step in
  • Would you care to be my eyes
  • Find it in the App Store

A new app called Be My Eyes  allows you to donate tiny portions of time to help blind people around the world perform quick, everyday tasks. Now you can volunteer for a good cause while in the queue at the supermarket, says Matthew Sparkes (The Telegraph)

Read more HERE

Change the world with kindness

Change the world with kindness

 [random acts of kindness]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I’m 6 and 3/4
  • I just turned 7
  • Doing a charity project
  • Raise food for the food bank
  • We all want life to be good for people
  • It feels great,  just because it feels great  to help a lot of people
  • Children are basically good people
  • They become better people
  • We pass it on
  • If you be kind to somebody, they’ll be kind to you back
  • To show a good example

When was the last time you were kind to someone?

More Good Deeds
A person is a person because of people – Zulu Proverb

A person is a person because of people – Zulu Proverb

(present perfect film)

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :
Don’t you think they grow up pretty fast
You have to be a grown up sometime
Social isolation
Closely correlated with loneliness
Mental and physical decline
We’ve invited you to come and celebrate happiness with us
Come again, come when you can

Learning how to fly

Learning how to fly

[GoPro]

Learn more about animal conservation and TAKE ACTION HERE

Abandoned by his flock, Bigbird the pelican stumbled ashore after a storm and was taken in by the staff of Greystoke Mahale in Tanzania. Watch as Bigbird learns to fly for the first time.

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video:

He was swimming off the lake after a big storm and he couldn’t fly

He has lost his parents

Come on my boy you are going to go for a fly

Spread your wings, spread your wings

We have actually had to teach him to fly,

By running up and down the beach

Flapping our arms

The power of gratitude

The power of gratitude

Teacher Whitney Cole at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Sacramento knows how powerful gratitude can be, so she has her sixth grade students keep a gratitude journal that is impacting her students beyond the classroom.  [soulpancake.com]

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• Gratitude journals
• 3 Things that you are grateful for
• It forces a happy end to the day
• Everybody can find success in their gratitude journals
• Saying thank you
• Being grateful for what you have
• It might make a hard day turn into an easy day
• I’ve actually changed
• It continues, it starts becoming part of their everyday behavior
• They are still inspired
• They have high hopes for their future
• You get to shape who they are
• Then you get to watch them fly on their own
• She means a lot to me