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Videos | ‘Earth Report - Hands On’

Five short films produced by the Television Trust for the Environment (TVE), illustrate and complement the documents and material presented here.

Since Earth Report’s debut on the BBC in 1997, TVE has produced hundreds of award-winning television films covering all the main global environmental and development issues. Breaking the mould of doom and gloom coverage, Earth Report goes out of its way to feature inspiring stories through its strand ‘Hands On’ which has been designed to meet the demand for more empowering information about what individuals, communities and companies are doing to combine the challenges of environmentally sound development with their survival needs.



This video shows how the re-use of coconut husks has contributed towards the sustainable use of forest resources in the Amazon while providing numerous sources of income. It explains sow coconut fibre and latex (produced from rubber trees) products are biodegradable and can be recycled.



The Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) is one of the world's best-known non government projects in the large-scale provision of sanitation for the urban poor. This initiative is still a self-funded and self-managed grassroots movement that relies purely on the skills and resources of the urban poor. The film shows the process of its replication in Faisalabad.



This video shows how the increased urbanisation of the island of Jamaica has resulted in over half of the population now living in cities and towns. Tremendous pressure has been placed on the island's supply of housing and the growth of squatter settlements is accelerating rapidly, developing in vulnerable areas without access to acceptable facilities and services.



In Ethiopia, one of the most popular staple foods is injera (household bread) which is a large flat pancake eaten by the Ethiopians at least once a day. Its baking, the most energy-intensive activity in Ethiopia, accounts for over 50% of all primary energy consumption in the country and over 75% of the total energy consumed in households. The average family burns around 20 kilogramms of wood a week just making injera.



About 30,000 Mumbai families, residents of a narrow strip alongside the railway track lobbied the authorities for safer housing and formed in 1989 the 'Railway Slum Dwellers Federation'. They built up solidarity with three other groups - The Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), The National Slum Dwellers Fede-ration and Mahila Milan which in Hindi means 'women together'.

2003 Development Planning Unit | Sikandar Hasan | Anna Soave | Khanh Tran-Thanh || Tina Simon