Category Archives: Conservation

“NO BEES, NO HONEY” NEW PSA, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH, BEE ACTION CAMPAIGN

Newest PSA for Friends of the Earth “Bee Action” campaign. Please take action to protect our food sources around the world, and spread the word!

Starring Nicole Wolf and Austin Nimnicht.

Produced and directed by David Newsom, shot and edited by Will Morrison, soundtrack by Scott Seiver, audio mix by Unbridled Sound.

“LIKE FRUIT? SAVE A BEE” New PSA for Friends of The Earth “Bee Action”

Here we go, folks, the second in a series of three new spots for Friends of the Earth’s international “Bee Action” campaign. The campaign’s goal is end harmful pesticide use and the distribution of plants propagated with those pesticides for home and garden. Already previewed this on Facebook, but this is the spot’s coming out here on Some Day, All This.  Please spread the word, and take action. Produced and Directed by me, shot and edited by Will Morrison, sound design by Unbridled Sound.

“LIKE EARTH? SAVE A BEE” New PSA For FRIENDS OF THE EARTH, “BEE ACTION” Campaign

Happy to present the first in a series of three new spots for Friends of the Earth’s international “Bee Action” campaign. Produced and Directed by me, shot and edited by Will Morrison, sound design by Unbridled Sound.

Grass into Gravel: Frying Pan, Meet Fire

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Two Examples of the New LA: Dead and Deader

ADMISSION: THIS IS AN OPINION PIECE, A RANT, IF YOU WILL

That said, with California stealing headlines, thanks to our historic drought, the LADPW’s offer of grass for cash here in Los Angeles feels like a win-win, no-brainer. Lose your water-guzzling lawn, and get paid handsomely to do it. One could think of it as Saving the Planet With Benefits. But the fact is, tearing up your lawn only to lay down DG and even a few paltry succulents, or worse, a gravel pee-pad, is just “paving paradise to put up a parking lot”, to paraphrase Joni.

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“Wild Ones”- Watching The People Who Watch Animals

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Since the day our daughter came home from the hospital, her world has been virtually overrun with wild things: Gorillas, tigers, lions, chimps, bears, giraffes and whales lead an endless parade of anthropomorphized beasts in the form of books or toys, all focused on helping her get to sleep, learn to read, learn share, play, pee, poop, you name it. My unscientific guess would be that 9 out of ten of people shepherding her to adulthood, one way or another, aren’t people at all, but kindly charismatic mega-fauna, lovingly doling out life’s big lessons. The irony of course, is that nearly all of the cuddly critters populating the pages and injection molded toys of her world are scarce-to-long-gone in reality. And it’s precisely this irony that compelled journalist-and anxious father-Jon Mooallem, to take this brilliant, sometimes disheartening journey into the world of animal conservation. “Wild Ones” is the story of precisely what lengths some people will go to in their attempts to the save the last of God’s great creatures.

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Your House Ain’t Property, it’s Habitat

“We can reclaim biodiversity and habitats within human landscapes.”
– Thomas Rainer

That scaly fellow swaying from our coast rosemary (Westringia) is a San Diego Alligator lizard. He was kicking it in the bush midday, most likely on the hunt for the airborne critters visiting the purple flowers that bloom winter through spring. It’s been cold here for LA, and I suspect food is tricky to come by. The sighting was a victory of sorts. One year ago, our yard was a dirt hole. Now, there’s a lot of things like that lizard creeping, crawling and flying around here. The yard is alive, and I don’t mind saying, I’m proud of that fact. Turning our property into habitat has been a dream since the day we set eyes on the place.  I feel strongly about this. In fact, if I could, I’d make it a law: Anyone lucky enough to own a home with any amount of land should be required to make 50% of that property habitat for the local flora and fauna. That’s right, a law, punishable by death…or…no internet access.

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The Amazing Monarch: A Movie

Shot mostly in our backyard, here’s a little movie about the amazing Monarch Butterfly, why you should care, and what you can do save it from extinction.

Two Killer Tweets From Thomas Rainer That Could Change The World For Better

InHabit Interview: Rainwater Gardens for New York City?

Los Angeles, Please Take Note:

New York’s radical greening is becoming world famous, from the High Line to an overall, pollinator-friendly park’s initiative that is making all 5 boroughs more beautiful and more environmentally sound.  Taking environmentally smart design to a whole new level, here’s an interview @ InHabit.Com with Ate Atema Architects about a bio-design idea  that could radically impact water quality, CO2 emissions, and biodiversity, all in one, not-so-simple but very elegant living machine for the people of New York City.

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