5 Top Videos on Nature and Innovation
5 Top Videos on Nature and Innovation

Our Nature theme deals with innovations and initiatives that help to protect nature and (wild)life. Out of all the great and inspiring videos, we’ve selected five that are truly amazing. Sit down, relax, learn and enjoy. Yes, we can battle climate change and prevent it from getting worse. Here’s how.

1. Sustainable growing

Aquaponics is a method for sustainable growing which combines the growing of fish and plants in one integrated system. Fish produce waste, microbes and worms convert this waste to plant fertilizer and plants filter the water used for the fish. Aquaponics forms a natural eco system which uses 1/10th of the water used for soil-based gardening. This video shot at a farm in Florida provides you with an excellent first impression of the workings of aquaponics.

2. Regrowing coral reef

The world has lost 25 to 40 percent of coral in recent years due to rise in sea water temperature and ocean acidification, which is a problem because the reefs support about 25 percent of marine life. At the Mote’s Marine Laboratory the game-changer ‘microfragmenting’ has been discovered. This innovative technique is able to grow corals 25 times faster than normal. In this video we meet David Vaughan (CEO of Mote) and he shows us how the process of microfragmenting works.

3. Clothes from cow manure

We all know keeping large populations of cattle results in detrimental effects on nature, emitting almost 2 billion metric tonnes of CO2-equivalents a year! Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi discovered that cows’ manure provided the base for a new bio-degradable material (‘mestic’) that can be used to make fibers and fabrics. The designer claims that it has the same properties as plastic derived from fossil fuels, but is biodegradable instead.

4. Cleaning the ocean’s plastic

Four years ago, the world was introduced to a brilliant teenager: Boyan Slat. He suggested an innovative system to clean up the oceans’ plastic; oceans in which 1 million tonnes of plastic disappears on a yearly basis. In the mean time he has already collected more than €35 million for his idea, which is scheduled to deploy next year and that should get rid of 50 percent of the oceans’ plastic in just five years! Here he gives an update about the current state of the project.

5. Ramez Naam on climate change

Futurist and lecturer at Singularity University, Ramez Naam, is an expert on sustainable energy and innovative energy startups. In his interview with our colleagues from Fast Moving Target he discusses the challenges and prospects of the renewable energy industry. According to him, cheap renewable energy can impact many areas: access to learning, clean water, production of food and of course combating climate change.