We want to pool together our specialties and do filming, photography and recording trips across the country and abroad.
For the UK we’ll be focusing around radio stations that run episodes of ‘Going Wild with Wildlife’, our radio show. We’ll hunt out old disused railway lines nearby that once formed part of the thriving rail network.
We’ll explore how nature has and is reclaiming those old lines, interviewing people working along those routes to help protect nature, who need ours and your help to advance their work still further.
We believe The People’s Countryside Project offers an excellent opportunity to those in need of specialist help, acting as a means of reaching out. This service comes at very little cost and serves to benefit them.
We will do live one hour and pre-recorded radio shows and film episodes of the People’s Countryside with the same people whilst on location giving exposure on multiple platforms. Together with producing a photographic reference archive.
We will also do one off documentaries on any interesting subjects we come across.
- We’re currently working on funding for our next focus which is the Old Wycombe Railway that ran from Maidenhead to Princess Risborough, and on to Kennington Junction just outside Oxford.
- This will be produced in a series of films, radio shows and a photography project, starting with the first two episodes being edited right now.
- We will explore the plight of the colony of bats in the tunnel in Horspath, giving you the chance to help.
Where will the following trips be?
LLandudno in North Wales, Oxfordshire, London, Worcestershire, Plymouth, Abergavenny in South Wales or Guernsey?
For abroad we want to make one off or multiple films, documentaries and video diaries, audio recordings and photographic archives etc in relation to research trips we make to far flung places across the world.
We are currently seeking funding sources to spend time with isolated indigenous societies and cultures to explore what we perceive to be more natural lives. How do they consciously or otherwise connect with the environment through their senses?
Exploring how they socially organise themselves, motivate, inspire and support each other. Looking at their relationship with nature and sustainability, the systems they use to work together and how they accommodate the different types of natural abilities among them.
Especially how they accommodate “difference” – how they deal with those who are different to the core group. Together with how they support and integrate the disabled amongst them and how they perceive and manage their own stress and anxieties. Answering questions such as where do stresses come from and how do they manage them as a group.
Then relate our findings back to western societies and making it relevant through offering experiential insights and events through our wider work that engages people with nature through their senses. This includes workshops, talks, writing, radio, photography and film. Instigating cultural and societal change regarding our collective relationship to nature through experiential stage and theatre shows that will be environmentally friendly and subsequent workshops.
Cardboard Citizens has been making life-changing theatre with and for homeless people for more than 25 years. We want to give the environment a voice through work on the stage too. https://www.cardboardcitizens.org.uk/
Links are being made with the Achuar community in Peru/Ecuador and links are already in place with the Maasai in Tunizia and Kenya.
Where will the trips be?
Arctic, Bulgaria, Romania, Finland, Greenland, Peru, Alaska, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mongolia, Kenya, Tunisia, Tibet?
1. Through sharing personal experiences to avoid people’s eyes glazing over at another environmental message, we will engage sections of western society and decision-makers that are cut off or remote from the environment, geographically or regarding their mindset. Creating a critical mass of conscious commitment to the environment.
2. Making the environment relevant to people’s lives is a step toward them want to protect it. Creating experiences that inspire for a life time.
3. We aim to assist in the advancement of a mass societal behavioural change to enable humankind to survive by challenging the acquisition culture and offering a sustainable alternative dream.
4. To educate people to understand that nature is not just a resource but something with a right to exist. If nature doesn’t survive, nor do we as a species. Changing mindsets toward more sustainable aspirations and processes.
5. Indigenous jungle cultures exist in remote settings, and the indigenous Palestinians exist on the Gaza Strip, both fighting for their survival. We in the west are in the middle and not bothered about survival, preferring to think everything will be fine. Our aim is to motivate everyone to fight for survival.
- Give nature a voice, raising awareness of its state and its need for resuscitation.
- Learn from ancient cultures and educate the western world with that understanding through writing, talks, workshops and other experiential events including stage productions.
- Give sections of society otherwise disconnected from nature an opportunity to experience and care about it.
- Through interviews, providing exposure for people working to improve this nature, enabling them to be linked with viewers and listeners who can assist with their needs in their work.
- Through this we can leave a lasting legacy of footage and leaving interviewees with shareable materials to promote their work and culture going forward.
- Promoting our connection with nature in order to aid mental, physical and emotional well-being.
- Encourage engagement for hospital radio listeners by re-purposing material for radio as we aim to entertain and increase their well-being and their sense of belonging and connection to aid patient recovery.
- Gather material which can be re-purposed for the Talking Newspapers nationally which supports the blind (by promoting inclusiveness, information and entertainment)
- Document for historical accuracy the current state of nature, especially in photographic form so future generations of conservationists can make accurate decisions about how to protect nature going forward.