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This is a collaboration project from the environmental youth conference YouthCORE I took part in on May 2014.

Our goal was to portray the importance of nature and biodiversity in urban areas in a simplified way. We wanted everyone to be able to understand it, and we left the technical and complicated processes of our environmental reports out of the video.

Read more about YouthCORE here: encore2014youthconference.tumb…
Read more about ENCORE here: www.encoreweb.org/

A huge thank you to the people who helped in this project: our team with Paula and Egor as well as our happy little helpers Elsa, Per, Anton, Kim and Martha, and especially Vera for letting us borrow her camera and helping with the editing.

I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to projects such as this, and I'm very aware of the fact that it's not perfect :'D However, if I would have done everything by myself, this would have taken way more time, and we were on a very tight shcedule.

Time taken: 10 hours

© All music and sounds effects used in the movie are royalty-free from the iMovie library and belong to Apple inc, used with permission (see license)

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rusipanov Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
That's so cool!!! Really cute and positive :) I love it! :)
btw I love your new avatar as well. :heart:
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Rusi! :dance:
I'm really glad you like it. It was lots of fun to make :heart:

I know, I love it too! :la: It was a gift from this wonderful person: copper9lives.deviantart.com/
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GamergirlTori Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student Artist
This is so amazing 
Great job :D
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :iconiluplz:

I love your signature BTW :lol:
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GamergirlTori Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Artist
your welcome ^^
and its so fab .3. xD(and thanks :meow: )
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Aw this was adorable! 10 hours? Wow!
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :aww:
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
You're very welcome. :rose:
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :D
Like - with how few you did so much :D
Great job!
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
I'm so glad people seem to like this :aww:
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
YEEeeeees
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the lovely comment! :huggle:

This subject is one that's very close to my heart, and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed our little movie :aww: I really think environmental awareness is a huge issue, and it's getting more urgent day by day. If people would get rid of the attitude that you can only be successful through destroying nature and that nature wants to destroy us (really, I've heard things like that :no: ) and we could co-exist in stead, the situation would be so much better :heart:

Actually my city isn't very big (~60,000 inhabitants), but the ideas came all over Europe :) An Austrian girl told us about the animal bridges in her home town, a German guy was familiar with urban gardening in his city and the dutch people were naturally really keen on biking :giggle: It wasfun to try and combine different examples to just one city :)
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Felizias Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. :nod:

Mine is even smaller. (~30,000 inbaitants) :giggle: I have seen some urban farming in Hamburg though. :D And we have a lot of smaller towns with old fashioned farms around there you can get bio eggs, meat, vegetables etc. :) (The prices are ok too.)
It's great if a city comes down to realize at least one of those ideas. An old teacher of mine is very pro-environment and a member of GreenPeace. Thanks to their affords and influence on our city we build some fish stairs (like an animal bridge) for fish to cross our great watergate a few years ago.
I've been to the Netherlands twice already and they absolutely love bikes. :giggle: And there are even parking garages for bikes only all over Amsterdam! It's a really amazing view.
I also love the city bikes idea. There are stations close to popular attractions in big cities and you can rent those bikes for little money and just drop them off at the next station. :) (Have seen those in London and Hamburg so far. I would love to see more of those in more cities.)
We have to be carefull to not cause more damage to the environment by trying to save it though. We damage a lot of fields by growing plants to use for environmental-friendly fuel. These plants drain the ground more than most vegetables, growing those causes more damage to the environment than just using old fuel and you have have to use more environmental-friendly fuel than old fuel to drive 1,000 kilometer so it's more harmfull than helpfull for the environment. :P There is a limit to everything and you have to be clever to really help. (The industry could really do more to help but they are often not very clever or serious about this.)
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Urban farming would be amazing. I heard from a friend that in New York they have public gardening, which means that anyone can grow vegetables for free and anyone can go and pick up a carrot etc for themselves. I think integrating this idea to smaller communities, like a garden for each block or housing complex, would be great :aww:
I know there are people saying that all the pollution is cities would make the plants suffer, but you have to start somewhere. Plants would help to solve the pollution too! :)
But farmers' markets are a great start! Supporting local and organic products is definitely the way to go, and we really have to stop the large multinational corporations which are bad for the environment, animal welfare and local economies.

And as you said, we can't solve environmental issues by creating new problems! Crying  Biodiesel might seem like a good idea NOW, because it drastically reduces the CO2 emissions and it's a renewable energy source, but the long-term effects are no better than those of regular fuel. As you said it drains the ground, but it also means that more and more of the land that was previously used to grow food is now used to grow fuel. As I reckon these fields are in areas of less fortunate people who are already facing starvation, this only makes the situation worse :no:
In stead of attempting to solve problems by thinking from point A to point B (problem: fuel emits CO2 emissions, which cause global warming --> answer: let's use renewable fuel) we should think further to point C (--> possible new problem: plants drain the grouds and cause starvation --> best solution: invest in electrical cars) and further to D (--> electricity is produced by fossil fuels and nuclear energy --> switch to renewable energy sources like wind, water and solar power) and even further to E (private car use will usetoo much electricity --> invest in public transportation which uses electricity and natural gas) and so on and so on.
Sorry for rambling so much, I get way too excited about this subject :blush:
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Felizias Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure sounds like New York got the spirit down. :meow:
There is even the possiblity of roof gardens on skyscrapers in big cities to use for this. :D

Hm, actualy you could start with robust plants first and move on to more fragile ones when the air got a bit cleaner.

That's true. On the long term those farmers have to depend on growing fuel and other field products will have to get more expensive which causes great trouble for smaller farmers. :hmm:

It has to be the whole package, yes. I wonder if the policitans don't want to think that far or they can not afford too because their voters can only see short term goals and don't want to invest more money in the environment. :P

It's ok. :XD: You are simply interested in what's around you and well informed. And that's a good thing after all. :)
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
:omg: This is so super cute!!!! :la:
And entertaining, well done, and with a GREAT MESSAGE! :la: :clap:
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much Tea! :huggle:
I'm glad you like it, even though it was so low-budget :XD:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Maybe it's the low-budget that is part of its charm... ?? :XD:

But it's really adorable, and I can't help but really like the message a LOT! :clap:
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GORILLAA Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowow! This is really cool!!
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks! :hug:
I can't help but giggle when I watch it now, but a part of me is still proud of it in a weird way :giggle:
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GORILLAA Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a 100% good reason to be proud!! I really liked the message that was in the video too! :iconyoudontsay-plz:
Keep it up!!
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arefin03 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014   Photographer
I'm a huge fan of stop-motions, this is very thoughtful and beautifully done! fabulous work! :)
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As am I! :)
This is my third stop-motion ever--I still have so much to learn :aww:
But thank you very much for the kind words :rose:
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