africa

No Oil in Virunga. Belle Mellor for the WWF.

Virunga

Virunga National Park is the oldest national Park in Africa. It is home to a very diverse range of species, and is currently under threat of oil exploration from the UK oil company  Soco. So how do you get the word out to help stop the proposed oil exploration in this internationally famous park? You hire director Belle Mellor to illustrate the ecological crisis for your #SOSvirunga campaign.

 

The video above features just 3 colors. Black, white, and green. It shows the contrast between the bright life giving green color, and black represents the potential of what could happen if oil is mined for with in the park. The animation is simple and clean highlighting the native animals as the environment changes color. At the end of the spot, the landscape is made up of, and defined by the signatures of those that have signed the petition to stop the proposed exploration. The final call to action simply asks you, the viewer to become involved. Simple, clean elegant work for the WWF and a great cause.

If you follow the link you are taken to a sign up screen for the petition, and after signing you are redirected to a page where you can follow what is going on through the standard social media channels, and donate to the cause.  So far 144,000 people have signed the petition.

30,000: An African surfing odyssey

Thirty Thousand is a film about two Australian surfers on a thirty kilometer  journey along the West Coast of Africa in search of the perfect wave. Their travels take them through Angola, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Gambia, and the Western Sahara.

The trailer looks stunning with gorgeous cinematography and surroundings as the group takes us on a journey from Casablanca to Cape Town, showing us the wonderfully rich culture, untouched waves and the amazing people of Africa.

About the trip to South Africa

Since I posted the first set of photos from South Africa earlier this week I have received a ton of emails saying  “great vacation pics. Please upload some more.” I want to point out that we wweren’t there on vacation. While not all of the photos are from Motherwell and the school where we built the playground,  the trip had a real purpose. We were there to film a documentary and build a playground at the school.

The purpose of the trip was to call attention to what Mama Nozake is doing with the soup clubs, and how she is helping those that are HIV positive. The purpose of the trip was to show what kind of impact she is having in her community, and how she is fighting against great hardships in an attempt to improve the lives of so many with so very little. I am attaching a number of photos to this post. The reason we went is shown on the faces of the children in many of these photos. If you want more information about Nozake and the film, please go to the official film blog here.