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.

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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

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Missing Africa #6

Missing Africa #6

“Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far” Swahili proverb

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We are all connected

We are all connected

WWF South Africa

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

• Everything on our planet works together
• We need to take care of our environment
• Nurture our marine resources
• Advance renewable energy
• Promote responsible farming
• Encourage low-carbon transport
• Develop sustainable business
• Conserve our natural heritage
• Choose ethical labels
• Be wise with our water
• Safeguard our endangered species
• We are all connected

and the waves they wash over me

and the waves they wash over me

Jeremy Loops
Jeremy Hewitt, (born 4 March 1984), known by his stage name Jeremy Loops, is a South African singer and songwriter.

The sun keeps calling
And I’ve been chasing early
So give me the coffee in the morning
A kiss when she leaves me
To get my day started
So I breathe in life
And get to another rhythm and I’m in the flow
Sitting in the backline, waiting for the perfect one

And the waves came, washed over me

Maybe I’ve been stallin’
Baby I just won’t curve it
Just to keep it in your pocket
Kisses when she needs me
Loving and a locket

I want to be water
Skipping rocks in my soul again
Pebbles on Long Beach, slowly turning into sand

And the waves came, washed over me

And the waves they, wash over me
As the riptide pulls me out into the deep
It surrounds me, holds me, follows when I breath
But the air is clear and I am here

And the waves came, washed over me

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Happiness is taking what you can in the moment

Happiness is taking what you can in the moment

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Our world has become so full of daily demands. Helen has found a way to escape this.

“It feels like land has become so cluttered with so much stuff – cellphones, and cars, and appointments. When I’m in the water, it feels like the one place that I can get away from everything” – Helen Walne

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

• I’ve gone through phases
• When is this phase going to end?
• This one is going to stick
• Something so immersive
• Not just physically but mentally as well
• I grew up on a farm
• Far away from the sea
• I’m trying to find my way around water
• Taking what you can in the moment – right now
• Cluttered with so much stuff
• One of the few places that we can get away from everything
• It slows everything down
• It’s magical, it’s truly magical
• There is this entire world that you have never experienced before
• Just floating and looking
• It’s not just underwater it’s under wonder

I go back to remember

I go back to remember

Green Renaissance

“The simple act of walking is meditative. It allows us to clear out the baggage”. – Ivan Groenhof

Ivan spent three months walking in the wilderness, and came back with a new perspective on life.

He the initiator and co-founder of the Rim of Africa trail, the first Mega-Trail in Africa that is located just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. His knowledge of the environment, commitment to conservation, and passion for encouraging a cultural and personal reconnection to nature makes him an inspiring leader.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• I go back to remember
• I don’t think words can do justice
• Walk me, I’m here, I’m waiting for you
• The simple act of walking
• In some form of state
• It allows us to clear out the baggage
• The more attuned we become
• Reconnection happens
• Dirt and grubby
• Healthy and fit
• A shift in my outlook
• This is what it means to be human
• This is what it means to be alive
• The world is a bigger place
• We are born to walk
• Get off your chair and then remember

Dive

Dive

Atlantic Edge Films

Footage taken in FalseBay (South Africa) amongst the Kelp forests. See the variety of Shark species including the Seven Gill Shark and the Stripped Cat Shark.

Atlantic Edge Films specialises in underwater filming, marine logistics and has an extensive stock footage library of 4-8k footage. Based in False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa they have a wealth of marine wildlife right on their doorstep – including numerous species of whales, dolphins, seals, marine birds, fish and of course sharks – lots of sharks!
They are experts at filming Great White Shark behaviour, both above and below the water, whether with or without a cage.
Their work is often featured on the BBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic Channel.  READ MORE 

Discover Africa – LIVE Safari

Discover Africa – LIVE Safari

 

 

#safarilive

Jump onto a LIVE, interactive African safari. Twice a day our expert guides invite you to explore the African wilderness in safari vehicles and on foot. Together, we will search for everything from elephants and lions to flowers and landscapes.

Interact with your guide by asking questions through #safarilive on Twitter or via the chat stream located to the right of the feed on YouTube.

UPDATE: As of Monday, 13th November:
The Sunrise drive runs from 05:00 – 08:30 local time, which means start times of 22:00 EST, 19:00 PST, 03:00 in the UK, 04:00 in Central Europe, and 14:00 Sydney time.
Our Sunset Safari runs from 14:30 – 18:30 local time, which means start times of 07:30 EST, 04:30 PST, 12:30 in the UK, 13:30 in Central Europe, and 23:30 Sydney time.

When safariLIVE isn’t live, you can view the feed from the Djuma Waterhole camera, from the heart of Djuma Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand/greater Kruger National Park area.

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We had the same dream

We had the same dream

Green Renaissance

For the last 18 years, Christopher and Eva Dry have lived and worked on their biodynamic farm. It hasn’t always been easy, but their love for their land, biodynamic farming, and this special way of living keeps them here. As Christopher says – “The light makes no sense without the dark. It needs the dark to have strength.”

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

Ordinary kind of job
I tried doing nothing for a while
Growing vegetables
There was some value in what you were doing
A biodynamic farm
We had the same dream
Farming activities
Handling cow manure
Digging in the garden
Driving the tractor
Working with the animals
I love getting involved with it
A source of renewal
It makes me feel better
I love the farm and I love being here
Farming is exceedingly difficult
On every front
Somehow we’ve managed to keep going
The children feel that we’re nuts to be here
There will always be materialism
People working towards more idealistic goals
The light makes no sense without the dark
Next lifetime I’m going to be a materialist

I travel for the pictures

I travel for the pictures

  [Marko Roth]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I travel to build up new friendships
  • I travel for the thrill
  • I travel for the pictures
  • I travel to let go
  • I travel for that moment

Intersting Facts :

  • Table Mountain, one of the iconic landmarks of South Africa, is one of the oldest mountains in the world – and has more than 2,200 species of plants, 70 percent of which are endemic.
  • A South African fish migration is so huge it can be seen from space. Between May and July every year millions of small silver fish travel in vast shoals from the cold waters off South Africa’s Cape Point up to the coastlines of the northern Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal. This annual event is called the Sardine Run. The shoals are so big – 15km long, 3.5km wide and up to 40m deep – they can be seen by satellite. In their wake come hundreds of birds, sharks, whales, dolphins, all eager to feast.
  • South Africa has hosted the football (2010), cricket  (2003) and rugby (1995) world cups – it is the only country in the world other than England to have done so.
  • South Africa hosts the world’s largest bicycle race. The 35,000 riders taking part in the109-km Cape Town Cycle Tour race across Cape Town’s south peninsula and along the spectacular, mountainous coastal road called Chapman’s Peak Drive.
  • South Africa is the largest producer of platinum in the world. In 2014 it produced 110,000kg, more than four times the amount of the next biggest producer, Russia.
  • South Africa is known as the Rainbow Nation. Of South Africa’s almost 55 million population (Stats SA July 2015 estimate), around 80 percent is African, about 9 percent is white and just under 9 percent is mixed race.
  • South Africa was once the world’s number one producer of gold – although 2014 reports ranked South Africa sixth in the world, producing around 6 percent (164.5 tonnes) of the world’s precious metal from its 35 mines.
  • South Africa is full of record-breaking animals. It’s where you’ll find the largest land mammal (elephant), the largest bird (ostrich), the tallest animal (giraffe), the largest fish (whale shark), the largest reptile (leatherback turtle), the fastest land mammal (cheetah) and the largest antelope (eland).
source : expatica.com

 

Bulungula

Bulungula

 [Pascal Bennet ]

Situated on one of the world’s most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in the heart of a traditional Xhosa village, the eco-friendly Bulungula Lodge has been described as “spectacular” by the Lonely Planet and “one of the World’s ultimate ethical travel experiences” by The Rough Guide.  read more HERE

Wild Coast – Easter Cape, South Africa

Every single day there is something to be grateful for

Every single day there is something to be grateful for

Green Renaissance

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• I never knew this kind of life existed
• Not even remotely
• Downstairs is our shop, and we live upstairs
• We have a TV, it’s called life
• We lie in the bath at night and watch the stars
• Go visiting
• It’s a quiet life, it’s gentle
• Being a single mom
• It was quite daunting
• I was constantly angry and cross
• I tried to make ends meet
• Giving them an opportunity to actually connect with something that is real
• Add value to their lives
• Every single day is a miracle
• Every single day there is something to be grateful for
• A bread maker
• You spread the load and you’ve got twice as much
• It’s magical
• You can’t explain it
• It’s just a way of being, it’s choice
• We are all one, we are collective

 

 

Faith47

Faith47

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Faith47 is an internationally-acclaimed visual artist from South Africa who has been applauded for her ability to resonate with people around the world. Through her work, Faith47 attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik, in order to advance the expression of personal truth. In this way, her work is both an internal and spiritual release that speaks to the complexities of the human condition, its deviant histories and existential search.  Learn more about Faith47 HERE

Rain must fall

Rain must fall

Joburg Ballet

With #CapeTown reservoir levels plummeting to record lows, the #CapeWaterCrisis has become a major concern for the entire country. We’re proud to present our latest #BiteSizeBallet, a rain dance for the drought-stricken province.

Inspired by Queen Modjadji of the Balobedu people, and shot on location at the near-empty Theewaterskloof Dam, the dance was choreographed and performed by senior soloist @Kitty Phetla.

While we hope it will bring rain, this dance is also an important reminder of the value of water to life on earth, and the necessity to conserve it at all costs. If you’re travelling to the Western Cape this festive season, please make water conservation an absolute priority.

Waves

Waves

 Jeremy Loops
Jeremy Hewitt, (born 4 March 1984), known by his stage name Jeremy Loops, is a South African  singer and songwriter.

 

 

 

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