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Here’s what popped up on my screen this past week. See if you find some inspiration for your next Climate Warrior Story! And do send stuff my way to include here, either via the contacts page or in the Facebook group, or tag me on Twitter or Instagram, @VeraMark2010 or @The_Ecoptopian.

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29 May 2022

So Cannes is done, and they claim they made the festival itself eco-friendlier. Did they? Let me know. The ‘prix ecoprod’, awarded for the first time for the most eco-conscious production, went to the Tunisian film ‘Under the Fig Trees’.

A great opportunity for screenwriters: the NRDC, the Black List and the Redford Center offer substantial financial support and mentorship to scripts (feature or TV pilot) with new perspectives on climate change.

The WWF runs a really cool campaign on NFAs, Non Fungible Animals: aucitoning off NFTs to acquire art depicting critically endangered species. One token per animal left. All money received goes into conservation. Do take a moment to watch this.

I'll close with this appeal by UN SG Antonio Guterres, delivered to graduates at Seton Hall university: 'do not work for climate wreckers'. And you can do that even after working for them for 11 years, as this Shell safety consultant did. Way to go.


21 May 2022

Short & sweet - after a few day s of intense thunderstorms, I thought I’d offer a water-themed digest. Anyone remember Kevin Costner’s fairly grim ‘Waterworld’? Here’s a sunnier take on things:

Portugal is launching Europe’s biggest floating solar panel array.

Floating cities, developed by Dutch architects in cooperation with the Maldive government.

Solar by day, bioluminescent street lamps by night - seems an obvious combination to me...

Off you go and write your story about innovative dwelling places powered by solar and illuminated by acqua critters!


7 May 2022

A day early - trying to make of for all the omissions over the past weeks... 

I posted about this as ‘in the making’ a few months ago. Well, now it’s made! The Playbook for 'Good Energy Stories'. I've only dipped into it but it seems to offer vast amounts of information and tips for writing climate-positive (my term) stories.

Crows drop rocks on solar panels, falcons chase them off. How is that not a story?! PS apparently no crows are harmed in the making… the falcons merely establish who’s boss.

Mapping plastic waste in the world's ocean - via satellite. A step towards a solution for how to deal with this ghastly problem?

From oceanic problems to solutions:  listen to this beautiful encounter between human and baby whale… nature protection in action. 

Keep going. #ClimateActionNow