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One of the hardest parts of our time in Borneo was witnessing the Orangutans confined to cages. Whilst this was often for the animals own good, offering a temporary safe space whilst they are rehabilitated, it was impossible not to be confronted with the similarities we share with these remarkable creatures, and in turn with the sadness of their situation. Standing there and looking into the eyes of an Orangutan I felt an involuntary pang in my stomach, the type of feeling you get when you recognise something very familiar in the eyes of another being. It goes without saying that whilst Orangutans share 97% of our DNA, they also experience the same range of emotions; anger, fear, sadness, suffering and of course happiness, joy, and pleasure. @bosfoundation aims to be cage free in the future which means raising funds to create safe sanctuary’s for these animals to thrive once again in the wild. 📷: @aliceaedy #orangutanfreedom
In the wild, orangutan mothers raise their offspring for eight years, teaching them the skills they need for life in the forest. Without this vital bond, the babies are unable to survive on their own in the wild. Just like children they need help. At @bosfoundation, human surrogate mothers take on this role, preparing the orphans for a life beyond the rehabilitation center. It was truly incredible to see the @bosfoundation surrogate mothers interact with the orangutans, giving them the care they require. 📷: @aliceaedy
Shooting in the Central Kalimantan, Borneo with @bosfoundation. Working up close with rehabilitated Orangutang was one of the most unique experiences I’ve had. It was important we wore masks at all times to ensure the safety of the animals and protect their health. In this image I’m also wearing an easyrig which helps take the weight of the camera and made shooting long hours in the jungle more bearable.
A group of baby Orangutan are carried in a wheelbarrow on their way back from jungle school. Most of the babies in the care of @bosfoundation have been orphaned and rely on human surrogate mothers to teach them to climb, forage and fend for themselves. This can take up to eight years before they’re released back into the wild. 📷: @aliceaedy
A teenage Orangutan in the care of @bosfoundation in Central Kalimantan, Borneo. Orphaned orang-utans are incredibly vulnerable in the wild. They are commonly rescued by @bosfoundation from deforested areas, mining sites, plantations and villages. After 3 months in quarantine, the young orphan finally joins the others in the rehabilitation program. The under-twos start in the Nursery where they learn to climb, make friends and explore; rarely straying too far from their babysitters. Then, in Forest School, the orphans improve at foraging for food and making nests, learning directly from their caregivers. @bosfoundation is currently taking care of as many as 530 orangutans at our rehabilitation centers. 📷: @aliceaedy
Over the next few days i’ll be sharing some images from my trip to Borneo documenting the work of the @bosfoundation who work tirelessly on the frontlines of conservation protecting and rehabilitating Orang-utans. This was one of the most challenging trips I’ve ever done and I know the same is true for @aliceaedy and @timkellner. I felt incredibly lucky to have such a talented team around me and deeply moved by the time I spent with the brave conservationists and these extraordinary animals.
Tomorrow I will start a two-day trial following my arrest with @extinctionrebellion earlier this year. I was arrested alongside eight other activists while peacefully protesting outside the International Petroleum Week in London. This conference is an annual event in which all the biggest names in the gas and oil industry meet to network and discuss future oil exploration opportunities. Exxon Mobil, BP, Texaco...companies who have spent billions on lobbying and deliberately spreading misinformation campaigns around climate change to confuse the public. Scientists are ringing the alarm bells, telling us fossil fuels must stay in the ground. The IPCC report released last year states clearly that we have just 12 years to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. This requires rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, not ‘business as usual’. While tomorrow we will face charges of criminal damage and aggravated trespass for our actions, I can only hope we are standing on the right side of history. 📷: @roxythezoologist
@finnharries dreaming of a brighter future. It was a pleasure to attend the world premiere of the first all-electric @mini. I’m proud to support any innovation taking steps toward reducing carbon emissions and toxic air pollution in our cities! 🌱⚡🚗 #MINIElectric #MINI #ChargedWithPassion #advertisement
I’m excited to help launch the first ever all-electric @Mini. ⚡️ As we all know, electric vehicles are a crucial step towards transitioning to a carbon neutral world. 🌍 They’ll also help make our cities greener, cleaner and quieter. 🌱 My first car was a little red Mini. 🚗 I saved up all my money to buy it and my god did I love that car. It’s exciting to see this brand pioneering the way for a cleaner future! #ChargedWithPassion #MINI #MINIElectric #Advertisement More info: MINI Cooper SE*: Energy consumption in kWh/100 km combined: 13.2/15.0, Fuel consumption in l/100 km combined: 0, CO2 emissions in g/km combined: 0. The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning. *These figures are preliminary values and have not yet been confirmed. Subject to change.
Education is definitely one of the greatest privileges in life. It’s funny how you only realise that when you get older. I certainly feel lucky and grateful to have completed my Masters Degree in Documentary film at UCL, particularly given that I never completed my BA. I decided to leave university at the time, to pursue my passions and I don’t regret that decision one bit. It’s a good reminder that there are many different paths in life and it’s never too late to change it up. Perhaps the greatest joy though, was studying alongside the woman that I love. Everyone told us it was a terrible idea... but somehow we’re still here. ❤️🎓
I’m excited to be partnering with @MINI again to talk about the first all-electric MINI. The campaign is all about being Charged With Passion. For me that means finding ways to live more sustainably on this beautiful planet of ours. What makes you passionate? #ChargedWithPassion #MINI #MINIElectric #advertising
One million children are currently trapped in Idlib province Syria, facing Russian and regime airstrikes and horrific barrel bombs. Over 390 civilians have been killed in the last six weeks alone. The silence from British politicians is deafening. We have to act now. If you do nothing else today, take 30 seconds to write to your MP asking them to #SaveIdlib with @helprefugeesuk template. I’ve just done it. You can too using the link in my bio! #onemillionchildren #saveidlib
It felt amazing to premier ‘Disconnected’ at Sheffield documentary festival this year. A huge thanks to everyone who worked on this film; @archiepearch , @fraserrigg @a_m_martinez @rossleppard @sashkopotter @josephbicknell and Eren Önsoy. We saw some truly incredible documentaries across the weekend. The one that took my breath away was @forsamafilm, a feature documentary that tells the astonishing story of a 26-year old female Syrian filmmaker, Waad al-Kateab, who recorded her life on the front lines of the Syrian civil war. I also really enjoyed Apollo 11, Diego Maradona and Seahorse. Fuelled with inspiration, and hoping we’ll be back one day with a feature film of our own!
‘Disconnected’ screening at Sheffield documentary festival in one week today!! (Oatly Showroom Cinema 2, 8th June) 🤗🎥
Today I had a chance to cover the @fiaformulae #BerlinEprix. Formula E is the fastest growing sport in the world! These incredible looking vehicles are entirely electric and can achieve speeds of 170mph. One of the most unique things about the race is that they are often held right in the heart of city centres, as they create almost no air or noise pollution. Motorsport has always been an incubator for things that end up in road cars like rear mirrors, disk breaks and seatbelts. This sport is no exception. These incredible vehicles are pushing what’s possible in sutainable transport and paving the way for a greener world.
Trailer for our short film ‘Disconnected’. Huge thanks to everyone who submitted to this project. Last year we created an answer phone system in which young people across the UK could call in and leave messages about their experience of loneliness. In many ways, loneliness is still considered a taboo. Whilst many of us feel it, few will talk about it openly. This film explores a world in which we are ‘connected’ but more isolated than ever before. The full film will premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, and San Francisco Documentary Festival in June. Full trailer link in bio.
I’m incredibly proud to have produced this short film. Directed by @aliceaedy (her first film!!) ‘Disconnected’ has been selected to have it’s World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Disconnected’ is a short documentary exploring loneliness amongst young people in the UK. Set against dystopian dramatisations shot on 16mm film, this abstract and atmospheric meditation on the loneliness epidemic sheds light on a world in which we are ‘connected’, but more isolated than ever. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thank-you to everyone who made this happen and a huge thanks to those who called our hotline and submitted to this film, we hope it does justice to your stories. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Trailer for ‘Disconnected’ is available via link in my bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Exec Prod: @jackharries Producer: @archiepearch Cam: @fraserrigg AC: @a_m_martinez Edit: @rossleppard Sound Design: @sashkopotter Composer: Eren Önsoy Colour: @josephbicknell Artwork by: @albinh
One million plant and animals species are on the verge of extinction, with alarming implications for human survival, according to a recent United Nations report. Last week I joined @wwf_uk to give a speech at Parliament, urging politicians to take urgent action on climate change. I shared a panel with Secretary of State for environment Michael Gove, Labour MP Clive Lewis and Tanya Steele, CEO of @wwf_uk. The legendary @carolinelucasmp came down too!
Stills from my new short film “Our Planet - Behind the Scenes” with @wwf_uk and @ourplanet. The people who live and work in the Maasai Mara, one of the world’s last remaining protected grasslands, play a crucial role in protecting some of our planets most magnificent wildlife. The ‘conservancy’ model in Kenya benefits wildlife by protecting valuable ecosystems and crucial migration corridors whilst also supporting the community, through sustainable tourism. Importantly this tourism gives wildlife an inherent value which helps mitigate human/wildlife conflict. Full link to film in bio! @wwf_uk @ourplanet @netflix
Joining the crew in Kenya to go behind the scenes of ‘Our Planet’ was a once in a lifetime opportunity. This show took four years to make and uses some of the latest camera technology - including a cineflex camera, which can be mounted on the helicopter behind us. We spent a week in the Maasai Mara learning about the threats facing grasslands and how this effects wildlife around the world. It was amazing to see just how much work goes into making a show like this. I’ll be sharing a behind the scenes film soon, but for now ‘Our Planet’ is live on Netflix! Have you seen it? 📷: @brooklynbeckham
Existing in this time of information overload and all the pressures that come with social media can be intimidating and overwhelming. I find being open about my emotional wellbeing, regular exercise and meditation keep me grounded. What works for you? 📷: @aliceaedy
Tonight I was honoured to join David Wallace-Wells to discuss what we can all do as individuals to take action on climate change. David delivered a sobering and powerful talk about the realities of climate change and the many ways it is going to effect all of our lives in the future. His new book, The Uninhabitable Earth, is a difficult and anxiety inducing read but I implore every young person to consume it. Life on earth as we know it, is going to change in every way imaginable and to add insult to injury, the onus appears to be on our generation to take action. David highlighted tonight that the severity of the crisis in the future, will be dictated entirely by the action we take today. Scientists around the world are sounding the alarm bells, we have all the tools we need to create change, all that is missing is the political will. We must hold those in power responsible and we must fight for our right to inherit a liveable planet. There is hope and it lies in each of us. Greta Thunberg has proven what our generation is capable of. We simply can’t afford to sit around whilst our future is squandered. We need to do take action together.
Today was powerful!! Over a million young people made history as we marched in over 2000 places in 125 countries to demand action on climate change! This is just the start of a beautiful revolution and all it took was one 16 year old girl to speak some truth! Did you take part? Let me know in the comments. @gretathunberg #Schoolstrike4climate
On this #internationalwomensday i’m celebrating the woman in my life. You are strong, bold, kind, courageous and ambitious. You consistently charge forward with grace and elegance, defying expectation and rewriting the rule book. Thank-you for teaching me to be a better man. 📸: @amyhugheshallett
We paid an unexpected visit to the International Petroleum Week conference in London where climate criminals such as Exxon Mobile, Shell and Saudi Aramco meet to discuss the future of oil and gas, thus jeopardising the future of every human on this planet. Scientists tell us that we must keep 82% of fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change and ecological breakdown. And yet, the biggest oil and gas giants jointly spent only 1 percent of their 2018 budgets on clean energy. ExxonMobil whose vice president spoke at the conference plans to pump 25% more money into oil and gas in 2025 than it did in 2017. It’s unacceptable and must stop. @heydonprowse @youthstrike4climate @nogalrvy
This week I was one of nine activists arrested for protesting outside the International Petroleum Conference in London. I didn’t set out to be arrested, I never have been before and I’m not here to endorse the act. 13 hours in a cell isn’t fun… But this is the action I chose to take because, frankly, I am terrified for the state of my future and we have run out of time. The conference is an annual event in which all the biggest names in the gas and oil industry meet to network, discuss the future of their industry and figure out how to make more money. (That they really don’t need) Science clearly tells us that we must keep two thirds of fossil fuels in the ground if we are to curb carbon emissions and stay below a 2 degrees rise in temperature. However this is an industry that has no intention of stopping, an industry who have consistently focused on corporate profits and short term gain at the expense of our future. Just 25 companies are responsible for 50% of carbon emissions. Forget changing your light bulbs and having shorter showers, these are the real climate criminals. Climate change is the greatest social justice issue of our time. 99% of climate related deaths occur in the world’s least developed countries even though those countries contribute to just 1% of emissions. The future will see extreme weather patterns, sea level rise, mass migration and disease. This may sound alarmist, and I wish it was, but it is unfortunately fact. Climate change is not something happening in the future, it is happening now, it is not just an urgent issue... it is an emergency. Whilst we can’t choose whether we will be affected by climate change (most of us will), we can choose whether we will be bystanders. 📷: @extinctionrebellion
Yesterday we had a chance to visit one of my favourite places, the @wwf_uk Living Planet Centre. One of the greenest buildings in the UK, this large open planned building is surrounded by forest. With weeping fig trees trees oxygenating the room and ambient bird sound playing through hidden speakers, it’s like stepping into another world. Even the toilets use rainwater to flush! I’m incredibly proud to be an ambassador for this inspiring organisation, who have been championing the environment since 1961. Over the years it has granted me many opportunities to tell stories about the natural world, and for that I am very grateful. This year there are going to be some big things hapening that I really feel (hope) will change the global conversation around the importance of conservation and a new deal for nature. I can’t wait to share more soon!
Brain Fart 💨 I think the fear of sounding like a hypocrite has prevented many people from talking about climate change. We are all responsible for the varying forms of environmental degradation that plague the planet today but we MUST be able to talk about these issues without fear of being ridiculed for hypocrisy. It’s hard to leave your front door without having some sort of negative impact... but should this mean we can’t discuss the issue? If we are to move forward in the fight to save the planet (ourselves), we must stop pointing fingers at each other. (Unless they’re a CEO of a major fossil fuel company or climate denying politician... then go right ahead 🙃) Individual action adds up, but the actions of certain companies and the inaction of govement trumps all. We must find a way to move pass individual blame and start to collectively take action. It is ultimately our only hope. With that said, there is power recognising that you’re not doing enough. Recently I’ve begun to feel uncomfortable with my carbon footprint from flying so I’m going to be making some changes. The first is to drastically reduce my air travel this year and the second is to offset all of my carbon emissions. Carbon offsetting is obviously not a solution, but it is a positive step in the right direction and a simple action I can take today. I’ll be posting more about this soon. What do you guys think? Do you worry about these sorts of things? What did you think about the school strikes this week too? 💨
Missing my brother Finn who is spending three months living in Tokyo after four years in New York. I’m starting to think it’s personal...come home soon.
Being able to travel with my work is one of the greatest privileges. With @Americanexpress by your side for travel tips and Global Assist when you need it, your office can be anywhere. #Amexlife #Amexambassador
Catching the last rays of sunlight in Trancoso before we leave. I’ve been overwhelmed by the abundance of nature and natural beauty here. 🍃 🇧🇷.
Who’s doing Veganuary this year? Last year felt so exciting to see veganism move out of the sidelines of counter culture and into the mainstream. Reducing and eliminating your meat intake is simply the single biggest thing you can can do as an individual for the environment. This year record numbers have signed up to @weareveganuary to commit trying a plant based diet for a at least a few weeks. (14,000 people on the first day!) With vegan options becoming cheaper and more widespread? why not give it a go? I gave up eating animal products four years ago and I’ve never felt better. What are your New Years resolutions? ✊🏼🌱
Happy New Year from Chapada Diamantina National Park in Brazil! 🇧🇷
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas if you celebrate it or just a good old week if you don’t. Today is @aliceaedy’s birthday which means it’s been two years since we met. How time flies. 😍 Have a great holiday and see you all on the other side! 🎄
Team work makes a dream work. A group shot after a long day shooting with the man himself Sonam Puntsho. Watch the short film on the @wwf international YouTube channel or the behind the scenes over on my YouTube channel. (Link in bio.)
New film on YouTube! I’m super excited to be sharing the behind the scenes from our recent trip to Bhutan today. Link in bio... It’s been a while. 🤪
Big thanks to @AmericanExpress Global Assist for being there for me during all my travels, especially helping locate my bag after losing it on my last trip. They enable me to focus on being able to explore these incredible places. This is me wading through the water with my camera gear on top of my head on the island of Tarawa, Kiribati. Kiribati is one of the most remote countries in the world and also one of the lowest lying at just two meters above sea level. I spent two weeks there making a film about the threat of sea level rise to this small island nation and its finally finished! I’ll be sharing The Disappearing Nation online soon. Keep your eyes peeled. 👀 #Amexlife #AmexAmbassador
A few months ago @aliceaedy and I started working on a film about the loneliness epidemic amongst young people in the UK. We set up an answer phone where young people across the country could leave anonymous voicemails talking about their experiences. We received over 6 hours of voice messages. The responses were honest, articulate and moving. What surprised us most was the constant theme of being surrounded by people, but still feeling alone. So many of us feel lonely, despite being more ‘connected’ than ever before. The result is a 15 minute film called ‘Disconnected'. We used actors to build abstract dramatisations recorded on 16mm and filmed in Blackpool, that play against the audio of these real testimonies. The film is directed by Alice and is her first ever short film!! Last weekend we had a chance to screen it to our closest friends and family and we were overjoyed to receive so many positive responses. We’re currently in the process of submitting to festivals and hope to share it online within the next year. If you submitted a voicemail to this project and want to get in touch you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was an honour to a part of this short film by @iamkaj and @rosie_matheson. In a time of toxic masculinity and #metoo maybe the most important question we can ask is ‘what makes a man?’ How do we define masculinity and is it doing us/anyone any good? The full film is now live on @nowness. Link in bio.