Category Archives: Films

Boat Schools : A Floating Future

School boat, Bangladesh. Photo source: ©© The advocacy Project


Every year millions of school children in Bangladesh miss countless school days when their schools are flooded. But now local NGO have come up with a simple solution, building schools that float.

WATCH: from The Gathering Storm Series: BOAT SCHOOLS: a IRIN Video Documentary

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A floating future, IRIN
The air is so heavy with humidity that you can scarcely breathe. But the giggling children, mostly girls wearing salwar-kameezes, the typical tunic and trousers of Bangladesh, waiting along the bank of one of the several rivers that feed Chalan Beel, an oxbow lake in the marshlands of northwestern Bangladesh, seem unaffected.

Images: Hope Floats—and Soars—in Bangladesh, The Pulizter Center

Boat Schools Bring Education to Girls in Flood-Prone Bangladesh, PhotoPhilanthropy

Bangladesh: Finding Sustainable Ways to Cope with Sea Level Rise, IRIN

Riverboat libraries in Bangladesh. Young girls board a mobile riverboat library in rural Bangladesh. Captions and Photo source: ©© Gates Foundation

Beach Erosion, Western Australia

A 9Perth News Video: Uploaded on Youtube, November 15th, 2013


Residents living near a popular northern suburbs beach say it’s in danger of disappearing completely.
Quinns Rocks locals say while governments argue over whose problem it is ….. the beach continues to erode…

Read Full Article, 9News

Featured image: Quinns Beach, Perth, Western Australia. Photo source: Hayythere

Let’s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona

WATCH: “Let’s talk about sand: Denis Delestrac at TEDxBarcelona,” TEDxTalks, published on Youtube Nov.27, 2013.
Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac


Denis Delestrac made his debut in non-fiction filmmaking in 2001 and signed a number of hits including IMAX blockbuster “Mystery of the Nile” and “Pax Americana and the Weaponization of Space”, his first feature documentary. His latest feature documentary, “Sand Wars” is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand!

In his talk he explains us where sand comes from and where it ends up. Our perception is that the ressource sand will always be available for us but thanks to his investigations we realize that this is not true and that sooner or later we will be running out of sand – and consequently won´t have beaches anymore…

Original And Learn More

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac
Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations…? This investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “Sand Wars” have begun…

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP Report, GEA March 2014


Sea Level Rise in Metro Miami, Video

Miami’s skyline. Photo source: ©© Ines Hegedus-Garcia


Prepared as part of the High Water Line | Miami project/movement, this video depicts sea level rise in greater metropolitan Miami at one-foot intervals, ranging from one foot to ten feet (in the introductory section at the beginning) and one foot to six feet (throughout the remaining sections).

The raw sea level geospatial datasets were produced by Climate Central and shared with High Water Line | Miami.

WATCH: High Water Line | Miami- Sea Level Rise in Metro Miami, Uploaded on Youtube, October 30th 2013.

Learn More, Climate Central

Sand Wars: Facing a World Without Sand

A Breaking The Set video, published on Youtube, October 24th 2013.

An interview by Abby Martin with Denis Delestrac, director and scriptwriter of the film documentary Sand Wars

Learn More: Sand Wars, The Film
Most of us think of it as a complimentary ingredient of any beach vacation. Yet those seemingly insignificant grains of silica surround our daily lives. Every house, skyscraper and glass building, every bridge, airport and sidewalk in our modern society depends on sand. We use it to manufacture optical fiber, cell phone components and computer chips. We find it in our toothpaste, powdered foods and even in our glass of wine (both the glass and the wine, as a fining agent)!

Is sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations?

Based on encounters with sand smugglers, barefoot millionaires, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun…

Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion

A ©Greenpeace Video, published on Youtube, October 24th 2013.


Around the world a growing movement of people are using their creativity, design skills and purchasing power to demand fashion without pollution…

For more information or to find out how you can join the campaign visit: The Detox campaign, Greenpeace

View Original Article And Learn More, Greenpeace

Dirty Laundry: Greenpeace Reports on Toxic Industrial Water Pollution, Greenpeace (Uploaded 08-26-2011)
A report just released by Greenpeace International, after a year-long study research into industrial water pollution, reveals the presence of hazardous chemicals in clothing items bearing the logos of 14 global popular brands, linking many of the same clothing brands to suppliers in China who were found to be releasing daily cocktail of chemicals into the Pearl River and Yangtze River deltas, discharging into the China Sea…

Toxic Threads: Polluting Paradise A story of big brands and water pollution in Indonesia, Greenpeace (Uploaded 04-28-2013)
Greenpeace International investigations have revealed the dumping of industrial wastewater containing a cocktail of toxic and hazardous chemicals, and caustic water, directly into the Citarum River, West Java. International fashion brands are linked to this pollution…

Bangladesh Pollution, Told in Colors and Smells, The New York Times (Uploaded 07-21-2013)

Chinese Environment Official Challenged To Swim In Polluted River (Uploaded 02-21-2013)

Pollution for the Sake of Economic Growth, Science Daily, (Uploaded 04-28-2012)
Rapid economic growth will continue to be energy-intensive and highly polluting for the foreseeable future, adding to environmental harm on a global scale and having a tremendous impact on ecological systems, according to a study that looked at a decade’s worth of data from 30 Chinese provinces to build a comprehensive model of pollution.

Green Protests On The Rise In China, Nature Journal, (Uploaded 08-14-2012)
For years, people in China have accepted murky air, tainted waters and scarred landscapes as the unavoidable price of the country’s meteoric economic growth. But public dissent over environmental issues has been growing steadily…

Photo source ©© M.Angel Herrero

One Flew Over a Beach Sand Mining Pit, Sénégal


WATCH: INA Video: Survol d’une plage au Nord de Dakar utilisée comme carrière de sable
Archived images from: l’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, Uploaded on: Youtube, July 09th, 2012

Rushes du film « Home » :
Survol d’une plage au Nord de Dakar utilisée comme carrière de sable.
Images d’archives de: l’Institut National de l’Audiovisuel du 1er Novembre 2007.

One flew over a coastline, North of Dakar, used as and ad hoc beach sand mining pit.
A synopsis from the video “Home,” November 1st 2007. Archived images from: l’Institut National de L’Audiovisuel.

L’extraction démesurée du sable marin affecte Malika, Senegal, IPS International News (2009)
“La commune de Malika, située sur le littoral au nord de Dakar, dispose d’un cordon de dunes sableuses et d’une bande de filaos lui servant une haie contre l’érosion marine. Mais l’extraction démesurée du sable marin, depuis plus de 20 ans, fait avancer la mer qui détruit en partie la haie de filaos…”

L’érosion côtière menace l’économie touristique, Dakar, Senegal, IPS International News (2009)
“Au Sénégal, l’érosion côtière menace le tourisme, la deuxième source de recettes de ce pays d’Afrique de l’ouest. Les autorités cherchent à éradiquer le fléau, mais la riposte reste encore timide. ”
Dans un rapport de 2008 sur son Programme national de lutte contre l’érosion, la direction de l’environnement et des établissements classés – du ministère de l’Environnement – estime que les régions de Dakar, Thiès et Ziguinchor sont les zones ‘’les plus vulnérables’’ à l’érosion côtière. Le Sénégal dispose d’une côte de plus de 700 kilomètres.”

Exploitation du sable marin : un danger pour le littoral Sénégalais; Journal Universitaire (04-13-2015)
L’extraction du sable marin n’est pas un phénomène nouveau. Elle est une pratique courante. Au Sénégal, l’extraction du sable de plage est interdite. Seuls les prélèvements au niveau des carrières légales comme Malika, sont autorisés. Mais, les dispositions de l’Etat sont peu efficaces et très peu respectées. Conséquence, les carrières anarchiques de prélèvement de sable marin se développent partout sur la côte…

Sand Mining in Senegal: Learn More, Coastal Care

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Illegal Beach Sand Mining, Togo, a Video

Despite a recent law prohibiting sand mining on Togo’s beaches, illegal sand mining continue, unabated.

L’extraction du sable de mer continue malgré l’interdiction au Togo: A Youtube Video, Uploaded 03-05-2012, by LeTogoVi

“A compter du 31 décembre 2011, l’extraction de sable de mer s’arrête définitivement, et devient donc interdite sur les plages.”
Le Conseil des Ministres du mercredi 28/12/2011.

Translation: “By law (of December 31st, 2011) beach sand mining is strictly prohibited on all beaches”- Council Of Ministers, 12-28-2011.

Togo : l’extraction du sable de mer interdite à compter du 31 décembre

L’ONG Environnement et Développement International (EDI) dit non à l’exploitation anarchique du sable de mer, Togo

L’exploitation abusive du sable de mer, un danger pour les côtes togolaises

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Featured Image: Aneho Beach,Togo. ©© Paul W

Sinking Islands

Bangladesh. Fishing is the only profession of these islandâs poor people. Captions and Photo source: UN Women Asia & pacific


In the south of Bangladesh, one of the countries most at threat from climate change, entire islands are being washed away by tidal surges and storms leaving their inhabitants in increasingly desperate straits…

WATCH: from The Gathering Storm Series: Sinking Islands, Bangladesh: a IRIN Video Documentary

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