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the organizations

the organizations


In random order (click on the link for more information):

OXFAM INTERNATIONAL: A confederation of 15 organizations working hand in hand in 98 countries to end poverty and injustice. Oxfam works through campaigning and responds to emergencies. The campaigns are health and education for all, agriculture campaign (biofuel crops compete with land for food-crops, meaning food-prices are rising). Trade-campaign, campaign conflict and emergencies and with Tim Gore we talked about Oxfam’s Climate Change Campaign. Climate change effects the world’s poorest individuals and societies the most.

REEFCHECK: Reefcheck’s founder and director Dr. Greg Hodgson (marine ecologist) explains the current situation of the world’s coral reefs as described in the report (2002) the Global Coral Reef Crisis. Their not-for-profit organization was founded in 1996 to, as they say themselves, “empower people to save our reefs and oceans”. Reefcheck has a growing network throughout all tropical seas and helps to preserve and sustain reef eco-systems for instance by creating marine protected areas.

WWF Netherlands: World Wildlife Fund was founded in 1961 with the signing of the Morgus-manifesto and is today the world’s largest independent conservation organization. WWF covers so many territories and projects, that we had to limit our interview by choosing one specific area. Ultimately we talked to Hans Beukeboom, Forest advisor and Lot Folgering, sr. press officer about the current state of forest-affairs in Indonesia.

SEASHEPHERD: Early 2010 Seashepherd volunteer Laurens de Groot had a narrow escape when, during operation Waltzing Matilda, a Japanese Whaler rammed the Ady Gil. Now he is the European coordinator and talks about his passion for the oceans and experiences with Seashepherd, the international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization using direct action tactics to preserve marine wildlife such as dolphins, Bluefin tuna, sharks, whales and seals.

CARMABI: The Caribbean Marine Biological Institute was founded in 1955 to ensure the research and protection of Curacao’s nature. The coral reefs of Curacao are in better shape than any other Caribbean reefs and Dr. Mark Vermey explains why and educates us about coral reefs in general.

RISING TIDE AUSTRALIA: New Castle Australia is the largest coal exporting port in the world and Rising Tide takes direct non-violent action through grass root activism to mitigate the export of coal. Activist Jonathan Moylan talks passionately about what is environmentally going on down under.

GREENPEACE: In the Arctic Greenpeace takes direct action against Cairn energy trying to slow down their off-shore drilling tests. With the Esperanza they performed surveys and research in the Arctic. Pavel Klinckhamer talks about protecting the arctic and the Cairn problem.

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH Netherlands: An environmental organization with more than 90.000 members campaigning globalization, traffic and agriculture. FOE is a grass root activist group who detects and tries to solve environmental problems.

HIER: HIER (Here) is a climate campaign organization. They are about climate change and society and politics to make climate change an urgent social issue through coordinated consumer campaigns, also raising awareness socially with onsite info about climate change facts and how to become carbon neutral.

CAPE FAREWELL: In 2001 artist David Buckland started Cape Farewell and led 7 expeditions to the high Arctic. On these expeditions a number of scientists, communicators and artists were confronted first hand with the fragility of the arctic landscape and ecosystem and the impacts of climate change. The inspiration drawn from the experiences were embodied in a series of artworks and audible art to bring about a cultural shift towards climate change. David Buckland elaborates.

JULIE’S BICYCLE: A UK based organization to support climate responsibility and carbon reduction in the creative industries. They perform research, hand out tools and give advice. Alison Tickell does not only explain the name Julie’s Bicycle, but also the necessity of it.

GREENCHOICE: Green energy is generated by the sun, wind, water, biomass and heat. Greenchoice is the only 100% green energy supplier in the Netherlands and just an example of all the 100% energy suppliers worldwide.

FSC Netherlands: The Forest Stewardship Council is a not for profit organization established in 1993 out of concern over global deforestation. It promotes responsible forestry worldwide which means as much as environmentally appropriate, social beneficial and economically viable management. A conversation with Bart van der Linden, former managing director FSC Netherlands.

RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK: RAN, a San Francisco based environmental organization, founded in 1985, which mainly campaigns for the forests and rainforests through grass root organizing, education and non-violent direct action.

LOWLANDS FESTIVAL:Or a Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise, a three day music festival, not only for music but also literature, film, cabaret, ballet and theater. It distinguishes itself through a wide variety of musical genres. For years Lowlands is going green and carries a Green ‘n Clean award. They say; “Heal the world, Shake the Pllanet”.

CLIMATE COUNTS.ORG: Scores the world’s largest companies on their climate conscious consumption and through the consumer scorecards motivate a deeper awareness among consumers and businesses. They fight climate change by letting consumers use their choices & voices. Companies won’t ignore consumer voices and have to take corporate climate action.

CRADLE TO CRADLE Michael Braungart explains the cradle to cradle (C2C) philosophy as described in the book; “Cradle to Cradle: remaking the way we make things” by Prof. Michael Braungart and the American architect William McDonough. He talks about upcycling and trying to do good instead of less bad.

THE RIBA: The Royal Institute of British Architects, formed in 1834, a member organization with 44.000 members. The building, open to the public, houses a large architectural bookshop and the British Architectural Library. The Riba launched a program of activities to help architects and the public to address the challenge of climate change with the ‘climate change toolkit’ and ‘designing for flood risk’.

PACIFIC ENVIRONMENT: Is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that protects the living environment of the Pacific Rim. They promote grassroots activism, make communities stronger and reform international policies. The Pacific Rim includes Alaska, California, China, Russia and the Arctic. We directed our attention to two regions of PE; the conversations covered the current environmental state and activism in China and Russia.

PEACE PARKS FOUNDATION: Founded on February 1st 1997 by Dr. Anton Rupert, Dr. Nelson Mandela and HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands for the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas aka Peace Parks. PPF aims to create a network of protected areas linking eco-systems across international borders. We talked to Dr. Michiel Smit of PPF South Africa about their climate change program.


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