Friday, August 17, 2012

'En buena tierra, buena comida' (video)

EN BUENA TIERRA, BUENA COMIDA from Carlo Brescia on Vimeo.

  • Selección Oficial V FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA SOCIOAMBIENTAL, Río de Janeiro/Brasil 2011
  • Selección X MUESTRA DE DOCUMENTAL PERUANO, Lima/Perú 2011

TITULO ORIGINAL: Alli Allpachaw, Alli Miki
AÑO: 2011 / DURACIÓN: 26 minutos / PAÍS: Perú
SINOPSIS.- Entre los años 2008 y 2010, el proyecto “Mejoramiento de la Soberanía Alimentaria en la zona andina de Ancash” se ejecutó en 20 comunidades en los distritos de Carhuaz y de Pamparomás, ubicadas en la Cordillera Negra. Más de 300 familias han instalado biohuertos y se han capacitado en alimentación sana con los objetivos de autoabastecerse en alimentos diversificados y disminuir la desnutrición infantil, que caracterizaba a muchos de los niños. Las madres de familia, principales protagonistas de este proceso de cambio, comparten algunas lecciones de esta experiencia.

Realización, Producción, Cámara y Edición: Carlo Brescia Seminario
Edición Online y Post de Imagen: Javier Becerra Heraud
Intérprete y Traducción: Sandra Paria Salazar
Post Sonora: Carlos Cuya Torres

Las familias de los distritos de Carhuaz y Pamparomás CON EL FINANCIAMIENTO DE
Asociación Andina de Desarrollo Sostenible - ANDES
Junta de Desarrollo Distrital de Pamparomás

La Cooperación Belga al Desarrollo
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Porter & Mykleby: We Need Sustainable National Security (video)

Col. Mark Mykleby (USMC) and Capt. Wayne Porter (USN) present their grand strategy for security in the complex, global, always-on 21st century. Porter and Mykleby, writing under the pseudonym Mr. Y, undertook to update the United States’ national security strategy priorities, recognizing that Containment Theory was no long sufficient to address the strategic challenges of the globalized 21st century. Their findings show that only a national project oriented toward sustainability on all fronts can achieve reliable security in the multilateral relational matrix of these times.

Read their National Security Narrative here: 

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Disappeared in Calama - Photography by Paula Allen (video)

The women of Calama, in the Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, have been looking for their loved ones since 1973, when dictator Augusto Pinochet violently seized power from the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. This project is a book of photographs that trace the journey of these women to unearth the evidence of the men who were taken from them, summarily executed, and disappeared, in the campaign of terror that followed the military coup.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Choropampa: The Price of Gold (Documentary - Peru, 2002)

Documental sobre los efectos venenosos del uso del mercurio en el proceso de minería de oro en Choropampa, Perú.

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A devastating mercury spill by the world’s richest gold mining corporation transforms a quiet peasant village in Peru’s Andean mountains into a hotbed of civil resistance. A courageous young mayor emerges to lead his people on a quest for health care and justice. But powerful interests conspire to thwart the villagers at every turn in this 2-year epic chronicle of the real price of gold.

On June 2, 2000, a truck from the Yanacocha gold mine spilled 151 kg of liquid elemental mercury along a 40 km stretch of highway passing through Choropampa and two neighboring towns. Villagers were not told the mercury was toxic. Assuming it was azogue, an ancient cure-all, they collected mercury in bottles and jars using their hands, sticks and brooms. Children were especially fascinated with the alluring silvery balls of liquid that sparkled in the bright sun; they played with it, spilling mercury on dirt floors and beds, near gardens and animals and inside the local school.
Elemental mercury, or metallic mercury, evaporates rapidly at warm temperatures like those found in Choropampa at the time of the spill. Gregory Camacho, an industrial hygienist at the University of Columbia hospital in New York, specializes in cleaning up mercury spills. “Mercury is very difficult to clean-up on regular floors,” says Camacho in the film, “because it goes into every nook and cranny that
it can find… On a dirt road or dirt surface it would definitely burrow.”
Camacho explains that even after all visible liquid mercury has been cleaned-up, mercury vapors may remain in the air, condensing and evaporating as temperatures rise and fall. Elemental mercury is most toxic to humans in its evaporated, vapor-form. The World Health Organization says that when elemental mercury is inhaled, approximately 80 percent of the mercury remains in the body where it can damage the lungs, kidneys and central nervous system. Chronic exposure may cause birth defects and miscarriages. Symptoms of poisoning can include skin rashes, nausea, muscle and kidney pain, respiratory difficulty and loss of consciousness. Elemental mercury can be transformed into organic mercury or methyl mercury through contact with organic matter in the environment. Organic mercury is extremely toxic to humans because it can accumulate and move up the food chain. 
A World Bank report on the mercury spill in Choropampa acknowledged that “a certain proportion of the mercury that remains in the environment, either in the soil or transported into nearby waterways, can be expected to be transformed into organic methyl mercury.” Chronic exposure may include neurological disorders, severe birth defects and mental illness.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This display of in-motion sand art, by Kseniya Simonova from the Ukraine is one of the clearest examples of how intuition and insight allow an artist to draw forth and propagate the human story that makes both the greatness and the tragedy of our history what they were. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Coal Ash Spill Contaminates Lake Michigan, still No Plan for Clean-up

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We Energy’s Oak Creek coal-fired power plant on the shores of Lake Michigan suffered a bluff collapse that has now spilled massive, as yet undetermined, amounts of toxic coal ash into the lake. There is no known established plan for containment or clean-up, and the company says it has deployed a line of boom and has hired a contractor to plan and carry out the clean-up.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash spills, and the coal industry is now actively promoting the claim that toxic coal ash is in fact not harmful to the environment or to human health. As the Occupy Wall Street movement spreads, and the American people are increasingly demanding comprehensive economic, banking and political-process reform, there is mounting criticism that the Congress is not dealing with the pressing needs of the historical moment. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Richard Wilkinson: How income inequality harms societies (video)

This stunning and eminently relevant TED talk by Richard Wilkinson “charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.” Wilkinson presents data that shows clearly how increased income inequality has a direct, discernible negative impact on the general wellbeing of a society. Economic growth (GDP), still vitally important for developing nations, is no longer as important as economic equality, for developed industrial democracies.

More unequal societies have higher levels of violence, crime, family breakdown, and lower levels of social mobility. The ills of a society with high income inequality are exacerbated and driven deeper into the fabric of society as income inequality widens. It is even demonstrable that more unequal countries are more likely to have capital punishment and justice systems with socio-economic bias problems. There is “general social dysfunction related to inequality; it’s not just one or two things that go wrong, it’s most things.” 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Teacher Layoffs are Hurting Children, Undermining the Work of Building a more Vibrant Future

Teachers across the country are suffering, and the children they teach are seeing their futures limited, by the misuse of budget policy as a blunt instrument to roll back social spending on vital, community-building programs. In the case of Christine Simo, there is a clear correlation between misguided cut-first education budget policy and the real harm to the quality of education students can expect.

The argument is often made that investment in “intangibles”, like education, community-level quality of life, even programs for asset-building and public health, cannot be shown to have material benefit: this is wholly false, and anyone who cares about the quality of their children’s education, or the quality of life in their community, has personally observed evidence of that fact.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Climate Change Testimony (video + transcript)

In this address on the floor of the United States Senate, from October 13, 2011, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) delivers one of the most thorough and committed arguments for immediate comprehensive action to mitigate the effects of human-caused climate destabilization ever heard in the United States Congress.

The following is a transcript of his remarks, from the Congressional Record

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Saturday, October 1, 2011
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Live streaming video from the Occupy Wall Street protests. On Saturday, October 1, day 15 of the protests, thousands of peaceful demonstrators gathered for a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. The video showed police blocking them in, then carrying out apparently indiscriminate mass arrests. The video also appeared to show demonstrators were doing nothing more than walking on a public street.

News of institutional backing came as reports emerged of 38,000 transit union workers voting “unanimously” to support the movement. There were also reports throughout the day of massive gatherings in other cities, including sizeable “general assemblies” in Chicago and Boston, made up of citizens gathering to debate subjects of economic and social policy and to vote for platform positions and protest demands. 

The protests are trending very rapidly on Twitter at #OccupyWallStreet

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance from Kiva on Vimeo.

The map represents every one of the 620,000-plus Kiva loans with a colored dot that flies from the lender’s location to the borrower’s, then back to the lender as the loan is repaid. The activity starts small, with seven loans moving from the United States to East Africa in April 2005. At the end of 2006, when Kiva received its first major media attention, the map explodes into full color as the number of loans balloons into the tens of thousands. The result is beautiful, both for aesthetic value and for what all those colors represent: $240 million in loans, repaid 99 percent of the time.

(Source: GOOD)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gabby Giffords Calling for Major National Investment in Solar Power

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is a leading proponent of aggressively ramping up solar power production. She has consistently championed solar not only as “serious energy” for Arizona, but as “a major contribution to our nation’s energy needs” and a highly scalable resource that can be deployed in any region, for significant economic benefit.

On her website, she lists the following quote, to put the science and the business of solar in perspective: “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”—Thomas Edison, 1931

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Today in Yemen.  A video shot in Hodeidah today shows security forces shooting people in the streets, ending dramatically when one points his gun directly at the camera. Uploaded by YouTube user la7jpress, found via Andy Carvin’s Twitter.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Esperanza Spalding performs “Tell Him” in an incomparable live performance at the 2009 White House Evening of Poetry, Music and the Spoken Word.