Reframing Environmentalism

A short film to reframe environmentalism: the importance of including all voices in the conversation; the need to look at people as well as things, the fundamental links between Social and Environmental justice. (This film was made by Environmentalists of Color Collective at UCLA.)

Other Useful Links about Intersectional Environmentalism:

Nature For All

Environmentalists of Colour Network

Black-environmentalists you-should-know.

Out for Sustainability

Earthwise Production

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Green Belt Movement

Other environmentalists to check out ( well be doing a spotlight on some of these over the next few months) include: Majora Carter ( Green is the new Black), John Francis ( Planet walker) , Carolyn Finney ( Black Faces, White Spaces) , Wangari Mathai ( The Green Belt. movement), Dr Vandana Shiva ( Oil not soil), Jeanne Kayembe ( Black Queer thought leader), Enrique Penlarosa ( urban green environmental/social transformation in Bogota), Theatre gates ( potter, city planner and activist), MarVynne Betsch, Colonel Charles Young ( park ranger), Brenda Palms Barber ( Sweet Beginnings), Christopher Bradshaw (car-lite advocate).

Spotlight on John Francis – The Planet Walker…

John Francis is the founder of PlanetWalker and he walked for 22 years and was silent for 17 years. Planetwalk’s core mission is the development and coordination of a global network of Planetwalkers. Planetwalk will sponsor walks nationally and internationally with the purpose of promoting environmental education and responsibility and a vision of world peace and co’operation. He has written a nook, has two degrees, and a PHD in oil spills, a company Planet walker, and now works for National Geographic.

WELCOME TO HUBBUB

If you’re looking for inspiration on things you can do that are good for you and the environment, you’ve come to the right place.

Hubbub are a charity that create environmental campaigns with a difference. They design positive and  playful campaigns that inspire people to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices, which more often than not help save money and bring people together.

We concentrate on things people are passionate about and are relevant day-to-day, like fashion, food, homes and neighbourhoods. We keep things simple, offering practical and realistic solutions that help people to cut waste, make clothes last longer, save money and create cleaner spaces to live and work in.

Collaboration is central to our approach. We listen, co-design and are working at many levels, from grass roots to the boardroom. We’re purposeful with clear charitable objectives. We base our campaigns on research and insights from across the UK and the world, and measure everything we do so we know what delivers a tangible, positive impact.

We’re constantly experimenting, learning and evolving. We share results and open source our approaches so others can amplify impact. Our hope is that we create the spark and provide tools for people to do things differently so others can latch on to successful campaigns that can go on to have a life of their own.”

You can subscribe  to the Hubbub blog to get a weekly fix of green lifestyle tips.

Yorkshire Life Aquatic’s current project is ‘The Human Aquarium’ and we are proud to be partnered with The World Cetacean Alliance and Plastic-Free Me, working together to help cetaceans and our environment. The exhibition takes place February 15th-28th at St John’s Centre in Leeds City Centre. If you would like to find out how you could support us. Please contact lucy@yorkshirelifeaquatic.co.uk for more details.


Project created by Yorkshire Life Aquatic C.I.C. (2016)
Twitter @HumanAquariumUK

Spotlight on MaVynne Betsch…

MaVynne Betsch – Singer, environmentalist, activist and survivor was born on January 13, 1935 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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“When I die I’m coming back as a butterfly.”

She was raised in one of the most pre-eminent black families in the South. Since 1975, Betsch made it her full-time mission to preserve and protect American Beach, her great-grandfather’s investment, from development and destruction. She was famously named “Beach Lady,” for her many efforts and dedication to the beach and its inhabitants. MaVynne Betsch insured that the world would know about her families rich legacy in Florida and the accomplishments of her great great grandfather and his partners that were visionaries that founded a Black beach resort not only during segregation, but had it flourishing during the Great Depression.  When MaVynee Betsch entered the world on January 13, 1935, she no doubt entered the world dancing and singing.  As she spent time with her great great grandfather in the sands of Nana which would come to be the center of the beach resort founded in there that same year of MaVynee’s birth, she got the words that she would continue to sing and teach concerning the pride that people of African descent should have about themselves and the contributions that they make and have made to the world. 

“The Beach Lady” – MaVynee Betsch shared history and environmental facts with everyone that showed up at American Beach and saw her RV or met her as she laid out on the briar filled grass and sand in her lawn chair.  She wanted this history to continue to be told long after she passed and would no longer be able to tell it like she could walking with her 6 foot long lock that she had grown to get selected for the Guinness World Book of Records cradled in her arm.  She cradled her hair the same way she cradled every person that arrived at American Beach seeking to know more about what had taken place in this space that was a crucial part of Black history since it represented the story of the successful partnerships of Black people as well as the support that we had given one another.   To insure that the story would continue to be told through the numerous articles, photographs, and historical pieces that she had collected regarding American Beach, she started to lobby everyone she knew to help get the American Beach Museum built.  The beginning was founding the “Abraham L. Lewis Historical Society” and after that came the effort to get the land and to raise the money for the building.

MaVynne Betsch gave her life savings, some $750,000, to sixty environmental organizations and causes, ten of which she was a lifetime member, and most of them involved animals. ‘Beach Lady’ was featured on CBS and CNN and in such publications as Coastal Living, Essence, Southern Living, Smithsonian and over twenty-five others. MaVynne Betsch passed away on September 5, 2005 at age 70.

Here is the full article that most of this writing has been taken from – an account honouring her life and environmental work – MaVynne Betsch

“I am the freest person that you will ever meet.”

MaVynne Betsch


Cowspiracy

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

NB: You can watch the full film on Netflix or download it from the Cowspiracy Website.

Yorkshire Life Aquatic and ‘The Human Aquarium’ are proud to be partnered with The World Cetacean Alliance and Plastic-Free Me, working together to help cetaceans and our environment. The exhibition takes place February 15th-28th at St John’s Centre in Leeds City Centre. If you would like to find out how you could support us. Please contact lucy@yorkshirelifeaquatic.co.uk for more details.

Project created by Yorkshire Life Aquatic C.I.C. (2016)
Twitter @HumanAquariumUK

Love the Oceans

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Love the Oceans is a non-profit marine conservation organisation working in Guinjata Bay, Mozambique since 2014. Guinjata Bay, whilst home to a huge host of marine life, has never been studied in depth for any prolonged amount of time. Love The Oceans hopes to protect and study the diverse marine life found here, including many species of sharks, rays and the famous humpback whales. We use research, education and diving to drive action towards a more sustainable future. Our ultimate goal is to establish a Marine Protected Area for the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, achieving higher biodiversity whilst protecting endangered species.

We did a pilot study in 2016 on the humpback whales in Guinjata Bay and in 2017 rolled out our methodology for collecting data on visual behavioural cues, associated surface behaviour, as well as frequency data. With this data we’re hoping to work out why the humpbacks make certain sounds, as well as prove that the frequency of sightings is enough to make this a viable ecotourism driver which could provide a significant amount of income from a renewable resource for the local community.

We offer a cutting edge, ethically sound, volunteer program that gives individuals the chance to work along side our marine biologists and the local community, helping with conservation, through research, education and diving over a 2 – 6 week period.

Love the Ocean Uk
A WCA Partner

Yorkshire Life Aquatic and ‘The Human Aquarium’ are proud to be partnered with The World Cetacean Alliance and Plastic-Free Me, working together to help cetaceans and our environment. The exhibition takes place February 15th-28th at St John’s Centre in Leeds City Centre. If you would like to find out how you could support us. Please contact hello@humanaquarium.co.uk for more details.

Project created by Yorkshire Life Aquatic C.I.C. (2016)
Twitter @HumanAquariumUK

Spotlight on Ethan Carney

We talked with ‘artivist’ Ethan Carney who is bringing his Ocean Plastic Fish-Making Workshop to the Human Aquarium Exhibition this February 2019.  Human Aquarium director Lucy Meredith met Ethan through East Street Arts . Here’s what he had to say…

Do you consider yourself to be environmental activist/ artivist?

I wouldn’t brand my work as ‘artivism’, because I’ve very rarely explored environmental themes in my work before, but I am very conscious as a person about the environment so as I make more work, the environmental message might get stronger.

What do you see as being ‘your cause?

I have so many different causes I support, ranging from LGBT causes, to sustainable food, recycling, poverty and the environment too, I couldn’t pick a main one, but my current focus is on exploring sustainability and the impact of our waste habits on the environment.

Why is this important to you?

I think it’s so important to realise that waste has to go somewhere and recognise the amount of energy required to create new materials and dispose/recycle them. This planet doesn’t have unlimited natural resources or space for waste, so we really need to step up our game to ensure that the next generations aren’t living on a glorified landfill site.

How long have you been doing this?

The workshop I’m delivering is a new incarnation of a recycled idea (true to form), which I started back in 2015. I used to make stuffed whale-shaped cushions as gifts from an old shirt I had, which progressed to the larger whales I sell today made of old (washed) bedsheets. I realised accidentally I had an environmental message about the wastefulness of the textiles industry and could also be linked to the effect on sea life that our waste habits have. I re-worked these into a workshop which better educates people about ocean plastic and uses more recycled materials than I use normally, which is exciting!

What is the most interesting thing you have done recently?

The most interesting thing recently has been doing my first ever craft fair at the same time as writing my first every workshop proposal- I started feeling like a ‘proper’ artist and really gave me a confidence boost!

What is the most memorable thing you’ve ever done?

The most memorable thing I’ve done and probably my biggest personal achievement was doing my Erasmus placement for 5 months in Maastricht (Netherlands), it was such an eye-opening experience, which pushed me far out of my comfort zone and was really life changing, as cheesy as it sounds. I gained a lot from that experience and I’ll never forget it (and the fact I can constantly brag about it from now on!).

What else would you love people to know about you?

I’d love them to know that even though it looks like I know what I’m doing, I really don’t! I’m just muddling through as best I can, so shoutout to all artists- you don’t have to live up to the fake expectations of places like Instagram- just give everything a go and you’ll have a great time.

How did you hear about and get involved in the Human Aquarium Uk?

I was looking for volunteering as part of my final year of uni and East Street Arts kindly put me in touch with one of the directors, which led to this!

What next?

Next up the most exciting event of the year- my workshop! And 2019 will be full of exciting workshops hopefully, since it’s such an adaptable concept, I’ll be doing different incarnations of it throughout the year at different venues. I already have a second venue in the works, for a similar sewing-based workshop, but that’s all to be confirmed in the New Year!

More about Ethan’s Whale-Making Workshops here!

You can get in touch with Ethan here

Yorkshire Life Aquatic and ‘The Human Aquarium’ are proud to be partnered with The World Cetacean Alliance and Plastic-Free Me, working together to help cetaceans and our environment. The exhibition takes place February 15th-28th at St John’s Centre in Leeds City Centre. If you would like to find out how you could support us. Please contact lucy@yorkshirelifeaquatic.co.uk for more details.

Project created by Yorkshire Life Aquatic C.I.C. (2016)
Twitter @HumanAquariumUK

On the Twelth Day of Christmas…

We bring you sharks and this amazing video from Joe Romeiro. Here he shows, contrary to popular ideas about sharks, they can be in fact beautiful and gentle. About two minutes in watch the shark handler/ diver show his ‘shark-whispering’ quality as he really connects with one shark. It is stunning. A few facts about sharks – They go back to prehistoric times. The oldest known species of living shark is the goblin shark and that has been around for 120 million years. The second oldest is the frilled shark that has been around for 80 million years. Humans kill  about 100 million sharks a year. Most sharks do not like the taste of humans, so they most often just take a bite and swim away disinterested. Yorkshire Life Aquatic and ‘The Human Aquarium’ are proud to be partnered with The World Cetacean Alliance and Plastic-Free Me, working together to help cetaceans and our environment. The exhibition takes place February 15th-28th at St John’s Centre in Leeds City Centre. If you would like to find out how you could support us. Please contact lucy@yorkshirelifeaquatic.co.uk for more details. Yorkshire Life Aquatic and ‘The Human Aquarium’ are proud to be partnered with The World Cetacean Alliance and Plastic-Free Me, working together to help cetaceans and our environment. The exhibition takes place February 15th-28th at St John’s Centre in Leeds City Centre. If you would like to find out how you could support us. Please contact hello@humanaquarium.co.uk for more details. Project created by Yorkshire Life Aquatic C.I.C. (2016) Twitter @HumanAquariumUK

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

Meet one of the Giants of the Ocean..an animal of mystery and of whom we know almost nothing!

Yorkshire Life Aquatic and ‘The Human Aquarium’ are proud to be partnered with The World Cetacean Allianceand Plastic-Free Me, working together to help cetaceans and our environment. The exhibition takes place February 15th-28th at St John’s Centre in Leeds City Centre. If you would like to find out how you could support us. Please contact lucy@yorkshirelifeaquatic.co.uk for more details.

Project created by Yorkshire Life Aquatic C.I.C. (2016)
Twitter @HumanAquariumUK