6月 252012
 

Uploaded by  on Aug 27, 2010

Indonesia is a country of incredible beauty. As one of the more biodiverse regions on our planets, its role in the environmental future of our globe is paramount.

With the increasing demand for cheap biofuels to lessen the global north’s dependency on foreign petroleum, palm oil plantations have taken precedence over much of Indonesia’s last remaining rainforests- the only refuge for critically endangered species, such as the orangutan, who shares 96.4% of our genes.

This project concerns the social, environmental, and economic impacts of palm oil production in Indonesia, including the loss of over 2.8 million hectares of primary rainforest each year. A common ingredient in thousands of products, from anti-freeze to shampoo to potato chips, palm oil comprises an integral part of Indonesia’s economy. However, its resulting impacts on local communities, including conflicts over human rights, land rights, and environmental protection, are little known.

Informed by the work of local non-profit organizations like Sawit Watch, Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari, WALHI- Friends of the Earth Indonesia, Pan Eco, Leuser International Foundation, Fauna and Flora International, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, and the Sumatran Orangutan Society, this project is building tools to educate global consumers, enabling them to realize the effects of palm oil consumption, and also how they can be part of a more sustainable solution.

A documentary film is currently in its final stages of editing, to be completed in the fall of 2009, and an accompanying curricula guide will be written upon completion of the film. Indonesian non-profit organizations working on palm oil issues (listed above) will be provided with a copy of the film upon completion, and also offered training on how it can be used as an educational tool to support and further their work.


3月 252012
 
 2012年3月25日  アジア, 旅行

National geographic – Marco Polo – The China Mystery Revealed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y954EhO_mKY

Uploaded by NosferatuQQ on Oct 4, 2011

Marco Polo (English pronunciation: /ˈmɑrkoʊ ˈpoʊloʊ/ ( listen); Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko ˈpɔːlo]; c. 1254 — January 9, 1324) was a Venetian merchant traveler from the Venetian Republic whose travels are recorded in Il Milione, a book which did much to introduce Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned about trading whilst his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, travelled through Asia and apparently met Kublai Khan. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned, and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married and had 3 children. He died in 1324, and was buried in San Lorenzo.

Their pioneering journey inspired Christopher Columbus and others. Marco Polo’s other legacies include Venice Marco Polo Airport, the Marco Polo sheep, and several books and films. He also had an influence on European cartography, leading to the introduction of the Fra Mauro map.