| POSITIVE ACTION FESTIVAL | An unmissable rendez-vous for outdoor enthusiasts & nature lovers.
With AIR Agence Innovation Responsable
In the heart of the European Surfing Mecca and at the foot of a french range of mountains, Positive Action Festival sets up the first edition of a unique event.
We invite you during the weekend of August 27th - 28th to join us in Anglet, between pine forests and ocean beaches in the South-West of France. This open meeting place will gather over 80 local and european companies showcasing a responsible future through lifestyle and initiatives. Moreover, loads of conferences and activities will be open to the public during 2 days.
Thanks to this festival, the notion of sustainable development is going to the next step. We are not speaking only about environmental stuff here, but definitely introducing a whole new lifestyle. Nowadays, the young generation is living a spiritual revolution. We feel like it’s our responsibility to move things and slow this over-consumption system that our parents went through. At the time they needed to reach a certain comfort and insurance by hoarding endlessly consumer goods. Today, we become aware that this situation cannot continue and we actually find our happiness through a new lifestyle. A new lifestyle that provides us a sort of back to roots way of life, by enjoying little things that the earth can offer us.
This festival will be divided in a few areas: Ocean, Outdoor, Street, Nutrition & Health, Mobility, with exhibitions, conferences and activities.(Cf. map)
In the Ocean area, you will discover for example eco-friendly surfboards, safety systems for water sports, latest social media application, the first electric jet-ski, Polynesian pirogue…
In the Outdoor area, you will discover sustainable development initiatives from Rossignol and other brands, a crowdfunding platform, or you can be part of a Trail, testing your climbing skills or driving drones.
In the Street area, let yourself try the Volcom skatepark, keep an eye out on the street culture with a few artists and even make your own skateboard.
In the Nutrition & Health area, you will be able to test some organic and local products or practicing some yoga.
In the Mobility area, you will discover an alternative way of life with severals way of travelling with fewer environmental impacts.
Finally, you will learn a lot through meaningful conferences with great speakers such as Surfrider Foundation, Maurice Rebeix about our connection with mother nature, Jérémy Pichon about a Zero Waste lifestyle, Arnaud Zangrilli about human skills development, Gibus de Soultrait about 40 years of surf trips and many more.
Positive Action Festival promotes an active lifestyle and initiatives closely connected to nature and the ocean. Their will is to inspire people to be part of our future and discover how we can change things thanks to a responsible consumer attitude for the good of all of us. Here is the next step toward a new world. Welcome aboard!
PATAGONIA AND THE WORN WEAR REVOLUTION.
Video: The Stories We Wear, by Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll.
While on the road in the Northern Scotland, Patagonia climbing ambassador, Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll reflects on the garments that have accompanied him on expeditions all around the world.
As he says « A piece that is full of patches and repairs has a spirit. It has a story attached to it! ». The stories we wear are worth hanging onto, repairing and using as long as possible. That is the heart of Worn Wear and the story of Sean.
Worn Wear is a beautiful and meaningful project.
« One of the most responsible things industrial companies can do, is to make high-quality stuff that lasts for years and can be repaired, so you don’t have to buy more of it.
The Worn Wear program celebrates the stories we wear, keeps your gear in action longer and provides an easy way to recycle Patagonia garments when they are beyond repair. »
As individual consumers, we have to stop waiting or expecting that things change in the society if we don’t start to change our own daily habits. And the best thing we can do for the planet is to keep our stuff in use longer. This simple act of extending the life of our garments through proper care and repair reduces the need to buy more over time, thereby avoiding the CO2 emissions, waste output and water usage required to build it.
Why is repair such a radical act? Fixing something we might otherwise throw away is almost inconceivable to many in the heyday of fast fashion and rapidly advancing technology, but the impact is enormous.
The system pushed us to consume more again and again, while our belongings are still in state of use, maybe not very trendy but who cares? It doesn’t matter as the fashion is going round and round in circles, you might be trendy one day again with your old and worn jacket. Whatever…the goal is to reuse our clothing as much as we can, in order to stop this limitless over-consumption system.
Short film released in 2015 by French photographer Vincent Munier.
The adventurer photographer presents his most beautiful images of the Arctic, carried out over the past six years during solo winter expeditions.
To offer us these photographs, he traveled hundreds of kilometers by pulling his sleigh in extreme conditions in the white wolf territory.
Inuit people nickname him the "ghost of the tundra ».
From Scandinavia to the northern islands of Canada, we are invited to discover a fascinating wildlife and world of beauty, where you can see bears and white foxes, caribou, muskoxen and snowy owls ... Until this unforgettable moment, where a group of nine wolves surrounded the photographer.
They didn’t have been shot since 25 years, but he found them though in a total remote place where no one had ventured for a long time. He walked across the arctic desert under extreme conditions (-47°C) for one month, accompanied by his sleigh, cameras, skis and tent only. With one goal in mind, living the most intense moment of his life, the one that he dreamed since he’s a little boy.
The final result: Unique images, whose apparent sweetness would make almost forget the harshness of this wild animal.
Bathed in an enchanting white magic, they transport us into a long and mysterious journey through the vastness of the Great North.
Vincent Munier is sharing with us a sample of this amazing journey and inviting us in the Arctic adventure.
Thank you for sharing!
The book is available at vincentmunier.com/arctique
Humourous, authentic and compelling, BURT’S BUZZ is a journey into the remarkable double life of Burt Shavitz— a reclusive beekeeper who reluctantly became one of the world’s most recognizable brand identities. He was an American beekeeper and businessman notable for founding the Burt's Bees personal care products company.
Filmmaker Jody Shapiro follows Burt from the pot-bellied stove of his rustic rural lifestyle to another world on the other side of the world, in Taiwan where the septuagenarian is greeted by hoards of his adoring fans.
Moving from his privileged childhood on Long Island to his early career as a photo-journalist in counter-culture Greenwich Village, Burt left his past behind to pursue an almost monastic existence as a beekeeper in upstate Maine. Between these extremes is the story of a man who chose his own path and accidentally spawned a billion dollar natural product line.
Guided by those who know -- or at least think they know -- Burt best, Burt's Buzz is a fascinating portrait of a singular personality who refuses to conform. Shavitz died on July 5, 2015 at the age of 80 in Bangor, Maine, from respiratory problems. He had an awesome simple life and left such a great image beside him.
These last years, we heard loads of different things about sharks attacks and surfers.
Some people agree to say that the ocean is the shark’s territory and surfers have to deal with it and take enough cautions. Others people agree to kill sharks in order to keep safe beaches for surfers, swimmers, divers or tourists.
What do you think? We are interested to know your own opinion? Is there any happy medium there?
For sure sharks and surfers don’t mix together. One is at home and try to survive by feeding themselves. The other is passionate about surfing waves
If we take things intrinsically, the priority goes to the shark on this territory because it’s a primary necessity compared to a surfer who want to have fun.
But if we take thinks intrinsically, it means we are all at the same level, so we can consider a surfer like an animal. Therefore, animals defends themselves by attacking their ennemies in order to protect their territory. Right?
From this point of view, surfers should kill sharks?
In my opinion, it’s more complicated than that. We need to remember the important place of sharks in the whole environment. We need to think larger.
Sharks play a very important role in the oceans in a way that an average fish does not. Sharks are at the top of the food chain in virtually every part of every ocean. In that role, they keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their ecosystem.
Sharks keep food webs in balance. Sharks are at the top of these webs and are considered by scientists to be “keystone” species, meaning that removing them causes the whole structure to collapse. For this reason, the prospect of a food chain minus its apex predators may mean the end of the line for many more species. A number of scientific studies demonstrate that depletion of sharks results in the loss of commercially important fish and shellfish species down the food chain, including key fisheries such as tuna, that maintain the health of coral reefs.
Sharks keep prey populations healthy.
Predatory sharks prey on the sick and the weak members of their prey populations, and some also scavenge the sea floor to feed on dead carcasses. By removing the sick and the weak, they prevent the spread of disease and prevent outbreaks that could be devastating.
Sharks keep sea grass beds and other vital habitats healthy.
Through intimidation, sharks regulate the behavior of prey species, and prevent them from overgrazing vital habitats. Some shark scientists believe that this intimidation factor may actually have more of an impact on the ecosystem than what sharks eat.
Whatever our opinion here, by being either a shark support or a surfer support, the main idea is « we need sharks ». Where sharks are eliminated, the marine ecosystem loses its balance.
Think about it, and let’s share ideas…
THE UNKNOWN HEROES OF THE OCEAN
White waves, a documentary about surfers fighting against unseen pollution in European seas.
All around the world and in Europe, surfers started fighting against widely unknown cases of pollution in our seas. The documentary WHITE WAVES tells their stories about a special love to the sea.
Suddenly a couple of small plastic rings appear on the beach of Guéthary along the west coast of France. Every day there are more and more, hundreds of thousands. François Verdet rides the waves of this beach all year long. He is shocked. The surfer sees these little plastic things for the first time in his life.
Where do they come from? François cannot sleep until he finds out their origin…
Litter, wastewater, industrial products and chemicals - it is all ending up in the sea.
This is often happening without anybody hearing anything about it.
But there are some people that observe and feel the pollution day by day with their own body: surfers.
As soon as there is some swell they grab their board and ride the waves, in winter and summer.
Water is their life. And they want to protect it.
Their love of nature and the water gives them the strength to go out, investigate and search for the source of the pollution.
They start talking to people who were involved, to politicians and to the industry.
They even initiate scientific studies in the sea and in rivers. If necessary they go to court.
They want to surf clean waves again. In some cases they reach their goal - in others the polluters win.
Meet the surfers who tell their stories in this documentary « WHITE WAVES ».
Help them to finish this documentary by joining their crowdfunding campaign on www.whitewaves.eu or send your help directly on http://fr.ulule.com/white-waves/ to see this project accomplished.
While you are travelling, there is always the matter of feeding yourself. As you don’t have the same fitted kitchen or tools to cook, you have to find a way to keep eating healthy.
You can cook food over an open-fire with a « back-to-roots » camping style or using a gas camper-van cooker to make it easier to prepare your daily meals.
Poler stuff made this great iron dutch oven, which will perfectly cook your meat, veggies, or anything you want during your time in the great outdoors. And it looks quite easy for bringing along with you on camping trips and cross-country adventures.
You need a few things as a culinary camper when heading out into the wild. With the right tools, you will be able to cook like at home. Start a fire, throw in your ingredients and by the time you’ve had a few beers and figured out how to set-up your campsite, your dinner will be ready.
If you want to be at the cutting edge of culinary camping, have a look to Miscellaneous Adventures products. Each wooden item is unique due to the natural variations of wood grain and they are made by hand tools only. The skills used to make their products and harvest the materials have been acquired through their own adventures whilst surfing, snowboarding, hiking and living in the woods. We advise you the « Adventure Spoon & Pouch », hand carved camping eating utensil to go with your homemade cooked meals.
With these utensils, you will be ready to escape from your kitchen and cook into the wild, through camp vibes in the wilderness of land and ocean. Enjoy camping in middle of nowhere, using rain water and collecting dead woods by respecting the territory of wild inhabitants.
LIVING A ZERO WASTE LIFE, IN NEW YORK CITY, IN 2015 ... HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?
This woman can fit two years of rubbish into a jam jar!
Her name is Lauren. She’s a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and she doesn't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. She lives what some call a "zero waste" life.
She started making a shift about four years ago, when she was an Environmental Studies major at NYU. In her mind she was super environmental, and everyone thought of her as the sustainability girl, but that doesn’t mean that she was totally doing her share for the earth…
One day she was particularly upset after class and went home to make dinner, but when she opened her refrigerator she frozes. She realized that every item in there was wrapped or packaged, one way or another, in plastic. It was in that moment she made the decision to eliminate all plastic from her life. Quitting plastic meant learning to make all of my packaged products myself.
This included everything from toothpaste to cleaning products, all things she had no clue how to make and had to learn by doing a lot of online research. How did she goes from zero plastic to zero waste?
First, she stopped buying packaged products and began bringing her own bags and jars to fill with bulk products at the supermarket. She stopped buying new clothing, and shopped only secondhand. She continued making all of her own personal care and cleaning products.
Most importantly, she started planning potentially wasteful situations; I began saying "NO" to things like straws in my cocktails at a bars, to plastic or paper bags at stores, and to receipts.
Of course, this transition didn't happen overnight. This process took more than a year and required a lot of effort. Once she accepted that, she allowed herself to change and since then her life has been better every day:
1/ She saves money, thanks to a grocery list, so no impulsive expensive items + Less packaging, means cheaper + discounted price for second hand clothing.
2/ She eats better, because unhealthy choices are really limited. Instead, she eats a lot of organic fruits and vegetables, bulk whole grains and legumes, a lot of seasonal, local food.
3/ She’s happier, thanks to a higher quality of life and even easier way of life, with only one trip to the store to buy all of the ingredients she needs about food, cleaning and beauty products. Moreover, that’s the best way how to live a life that aligns with everything she believes in.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT...
Photo credit: Margaret Badore / Lauren Singer
WORLD’S FIRST OCEAN CLEANING SYSTEM
Deployment will become longest floating structure in world history.
Boyan Slat, 20-year old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, today announced that the world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans is to be deployed in 2016. He made the announcement at Asia’s largest technology conference, Seoul Digital Forum, in South Korea.
The array is projected to be deployed in Q2 2016. The feasibility of deployment off the coast of Tsushima, an island located in the waters between Japan and South Korea is currently being researched.
The system will span 2000 meters, thereby becoming the longest floating structure ever deployed in the ocean (beating the current record of 1000 m held by the Tokyo Mega-Float). It will be operational for at least two years, catching plastic pollution before it reaches the shores of the proposed deployment location of Tsushima Island. Tsushima Island is evaluating whether the plastic can be used as an alternative energy source.
The scale of the plastic pollution problem, whereby in the case of Tsushima Island, approximately one cubic meter of pollution per person is washed up each year, has led the Japanese local government to seek innovative solutions to the problem.
The deployment will represent an important milestone in The Ocean Cleanup’s mission to remove plastic pollution from the world’s oceans. Within five years, after a series of deployments of increasing scale, The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a 100km-long system to clean up about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California.
Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup says: “Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today.
Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts, but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time.”
SURFRIDER FOUNDATION EUROPE // PETITIONS
Kampesnomads with Surfrider Foundation Europe
Surfrider Foundation Europe is a non profit organization, dedicated to defending, saving, improving and managing in a sustainable manner the ocean, coastline, waves and the people who enjoy them. Have a look at their recent fights
1/ OCEAN CALL FOR CLIMATE
The ocean, notably absent from negotiations despite playing a major role in climate regulation, must be taken into account in the future United Nations global climate regime.The ocean endures climate change in silence. Life there has been disrupted and is at risk of disappearing little by little. We should never forget that Life on Earth began in this same ocean. The climate system needs an ocean that is healthy and full of life to function properly.
2/ SAVE THE BEACHES
The world’s beaches are disappearing! If we don’t act now, 90% of them could be gone by 2100. Disturbing climate change, irrational coastal development and heavy coastline modification are to blame: sea level rise, extreme weather patterns, excessive concreting on our beaches, port expansions and sand plundering. Because beaches are not eternal, we must protect them now.
3/ SPOTS AND USERS IN DANGER
Disappearance of waves, closing down of beaches, health risks, limited access to surf spots, extreme weather patterns, all of these factors are as many threats hanging over surfing or any ocean-related activity. What are the causes? Disturbing climate change, irrational coastal developments and constant deterioration of water quality.
4/ SAVE OUR OCEANS FROM PLASTIC WASTE
Every second, 206 kilograms of rubbish end up in seas and oceans. This debris pollutes the oceans and participates in the build-up of “plastic continents”, thus becoming a real plague for marine species.