What’s really in that snack food? Too frequently, the answer is palm oil produced with modern day slavery, child labor, and worker and human rights abuses. Sacrificing the lives, health, and safety of the people who work on palm oil plantations is far too high a price to pay for the cheap palm oil used in snack foods made by companies like PepsiCo.
Held once every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. The IUCN Congress creates good environmental governance, engaging all parts of society to share both the responsibilities and the benefits of conservation.
This piece celebrates 20 years of protecting the Amazon and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples. In the Amazon region of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, Amazon Watch is working directly with indigenous communities to build local capacity and advance the long-term protection of their lands.
We produced this piece for the Trust for Public Land in a partnership with The Friends of the QueensWay. The QueensWay is a community led effort to transform a blighted, 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens into a family-friendly linear park and cultural greenway. The plan to reuse this property as a an iconic park will spark economic and cultural development and improve the quality of life and environment of the adjacent communities.
We worked closely with Rainforest Action Network to create this film as the organization turned 30 years old. The film celebrates three decades of victories in identifying corporate culprits, mobilizing public will, defending human rights, in protecting indigenous land rights and in moving the world’s largest multi-nationals toward corporate accountability and social responsibility.
The Foundation for Newark’s Future is committed to improving educational outcomes for all Newark schoolchildren, ensuring they are college and career-ready by investing in transformative programs that create large-scale change through short-term philanthropy. By supporting and advancing what works, we can help Newarkers achieve the system-wide changes needed for long-term success. Creating lasting impact can only be achieved through comprehensive investments and that includes our public system, our charter system and our community partners and institutions.
Ecodeo produced this piece for The Trust for Public Land for a campaign to protect NY Harbors and its wetlands. Wetland systems proved critical in protecting Staten Island communities during 2012’s Hurricane Sandy by providing a natural buffer from the rising waters. The Trust for Public Land is currently working as quickly as possible to identify and acquire more lands in Staten Island in order to expand a network of wetlands which can help absorb the impact of large storms and protect communities.
Picture a world where the streets of cities and suburbs are free of cars. Transit X is a safe, sustainable, low-cost mass transit alternative is 100% solar powered, carbon free, with zero emissions. Solar panels on the track provide the energy to power electric pods. Transit X is an automated pod network with the cost, capacity, and convenience to supplant cars, buses, trains and trucks. With Transit X, passengers travel in pods suspended from a narrow track. Pods carry up to five passengers. Special pods carry wheelchairs and freight. Tracks run alongside existing roads and highways, so Transit X is minimally disruptive to cities’ existing infrastructure.
This portrait of Heron Wind Manufacturing, was shot and co-produced by Ecodeo’s founder in Northern Michigan, USA while working on the National video team, to showcase how President Obama’s policies have benefited small businesses. President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy has helped to make America more energy independent by reducing dependence on foreign oil and has increased investment in renewable energy. Wind-generated electricity has doubled during President Obama’s office.
Amazon Watch is an international advocacy organization that helps to protect The Amazon Rainforest and Indigenous Peoples. In order to stop climate change, we must to protect the Amazon Rainforest. COP is the United Nations Conference of Parties is the global governments coming together. Amazon Watch went to COP21 to amplify the importance of the People’s in Amazon in the global climate debates. This is that story.
Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences degrees are designed for students interested in a scientific perspective on environmental issues. The degrees involve a research project comprised of laboratory or fieldwork with a faculty member. This video is one of a series of promo videos we produced for the graduate degree programs in Environmental Studies.
Newark Alliance is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the ongoing economic revitalization of Newark, striving to transform our city into a better and safer place to live, learn, work and play. Supported by corporate and community partners, the Alliance has successfully leveraged Newark's competitive assets to generate economic growth for the city, state, region and beyond.
Growing your own food can be simple and beautiful. Cloud Farms makes personal farm systems for year-round growing. Cloud Farms believes in increased access to vegetable-growing through design. Their goal and beautiful products make growing so incredibly simple, enjoyable and accessible that anybody can do it, no matter what climate or where they live.
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement whose mission is to unite people and cities to protect the planet. Earth Hour is an open source movement in more than 172 countries. Earth Hour is about turning off all lights on 25 March at 8:30pm every year in each timezone. Earth Angel, the leading sustainability consultancy servicing film and television production in the US was the organizer of this fun NYC EarthHour event. Starrett- Lehigh Building, an efficiency leader for NYC buildings, committed to reducing its carbon footprint and establishing more sustainability throughout the surrounding West Chelsea neighborhood of NYC hosted the event and continues to help foster energy efficiency across NYC.
Ecodeo created this promo for 350.org for the People’s Climate March in New York City in anticipation of world leaders coming to New York City for the UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. The promo was designed to get folks to take to the streets to demand the world we know as within their reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.
BRICK is a non-profit school management organization that turns around high-poverty schools by implementing proven systems for all children to be on a positive life trajectory by working to end generational poverty. 1/3rd of all children in Newark live in poverty with 12% of adults attending college. 60% of Newark’s elementary and middle schools have low and stagnant test scores, effectively trapping students in a generational cycle of poverty. BRICK systematically and comprehensively inject the characteristics of the highest performing schools into historically failing public schools in Newark.The result is a tremendous and sustainable model of education that helps end generational poverty.
Ecodeo produced this video with footage shot in Uganda. Bicycles drastically change lives in Africa by providing access to the basic needs of life. Bicycles Against Poverty utilizes bicycles to increase accessibility to critical resources, facilitate community cooperation, and build financial management skills among low-income entrepreneurs. The organizations’ impact is growing in East Africa and hopes to expand across the continent. Even one bicycle can have a huge impact on Ugandan family.
My Very Own Library (MVOL) encourages and supports students’ love of reading by providing them the opportunity to choose brand new, free books to build their own home libraries. MVOL is rooted in research indicating that students foster a life-long love of reading and demonstrate stronger literacy skills as they build home libraries. MVOL is a comprehensive literacy program that could be replicated in other schools and communities.
This video’s goal was to appeal to US college students to come to Honduras to volunteer and help create access to quality education and jobs while helping to end extreme poverty and violence. Honduras has the worst gang epidemic on the planet where 66% of the population live in extreme poverty. Students Helping Honduras aims to reach out to 1,000 villages and build 1000 schools, extra classrooms or restoration of their old schools. Since this video was made, schools, homes and communities have continued to be built, season after season.
Ecodeo produced this piece to showcase the work of The Backpack Farm Agriculture Program (BPF) which is an all-in-one backpack product packaged with all the essential, green agri-tech needed by smallholder farmers. BPF standardizes both the quality and quantity of agriculture production during an annual growing season, to mirror semi-commercial rates of production. Farmers receive hands-on training as well as build their core capacity.The BPF Program provides not just biological farming supplements, but, hands-on training on how to use the backpack tools and complete a 5 phase program ensuring that smallholder farmers increase harvests and improve their quality of life.
Change the Course, a new program from Rainforest Action Network, is an invitation to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future. This series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions is in cities across the country as well as on a online platform. Through this program, we will crowd-source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like—and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there.
A few members of Ecodeo’s team contributed to making this piece happen while working on the National Video team for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. This piece aired at the Democratic National Convention. Sustainability issues were not the highest priority on the campaign platform yet, this piece held an important role in the overall digital campaign. President Obama has since made record investments in clean energy & the US has more than doubled production of renewable energy from wind and solar.
A HatchLab is a new kind of global storytelling workshop. Designed to build creative strategy muscles for nonprofit organizations, HatchLabs facilitate collaborations between filmmakers, movement leaders, scientists/technologists and communities, and offer new tools and opportunities for the voices of those most marginalized to be a central part of creative and social transformation.
The Reef Check Foundation is the worlds largest reef monitoring network. The Reef Check Foundation is a non-profit that started in Southern California in 1996 with a mission to empower local communities through grassroots research, conservation, and education to protect and rehabilitate reefs worldwide. Ecodeo produced this piece when Reef Check won the Katerva 2012 Ecosystem conservation award.
Ecodeo produced this piece to provide an overview of Agua Clara’s incredible Sustainable water treatment systems. AguaClara is a multi-disciplinary program at Cornell University that designs sustainable water treatment systems committed to long-term environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The gravity-powered, electricity-free technology is scalable to fit the needs of any community and currently provides clean water to over 30,000 people.
Ecodeo’s Founder designed, produced and shot the footage for this commercial for AllSteel a few years ago. AllSteel is one of the first corporate leaders in sustainability and it was an honor to film their process with this cradle to cradle product.
Ecodeo produced this video for Echale A Tu Casa in 2013. Echale A Tu Casa is a social housing production company that delivers affordable homes to communities through the implementation of innovations in construction, technology, and finance. Echale A Tu Casa’s model aims to restructure community social networking and brings a systematic solution for the selfbuilder families.
PTG is an incredible sustainable water technology that helps companies in the food processing, beer, and agriculture industries to reduce their water and energy costs. PTG’s award-winning systems provide energy generation with industrial wastewater treatment. Ecodeo produced this overview video of PTG’s work when they won the 2013 Katerva Materials & Resources Award.
Ecodeo animated this overview piece for Telecom for Charity which is an embedded philanthropy model for communications that enables companies to accomplish two things at once: save money on telecom expenses and effortlessly support important causes they love.
Discarded in heaps along roadsides and riverbanks, rice husks are considered waste in many countries heavily dependent on rice as a staple product. However, the Center for Rice Husk Technology (CRHET) has created a rice husk gasifier stove that uses rice husks to provide clean and low-cost fuel. It’s a great sustainable fuel and heat solution for rural communities. Ecodeo produced this piece when CRHET won the Katerva Sustainable Energy and Power award in 2012/2013.