TVE Bio Movies Finalist: Cosmo Zengeya

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tvebiomovies is a film competition now in its fifth year, and open to everyone around the world with access to a camera. These are some of the finalists that could use your help with your one click= one vote.

THE INBAR PRIZE FOR BAMBOO AND RATTAN

Bamboo and rattan are two non-timber forest products that have many benefits and values, but these are not universally recognised. Both plants are very important for the lives of local people in Asia, Africa and Latin America, but they also play other roles. Giant pandas in China, mountain gorillas in the Ruwenzori Mountains and bamboo lemurs in Madagascar all depend on bamboo. Rattan and bamboo can help to restore degraded lands and make them productive again. Both plants absorb CO2, and play a role in climate change mitigation. And they are the raw material for furniture, construction materials, textiles, food, pulp and paper. Why do we not talk about these benefits more often?

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The WWF-UK Prize for World With a Future

Across the globe, vulnerable habitats and endangered species need protection more than ever before. People are using more natural resources than our planet can replace. And the threat posed by climate change continues to grow. We’re facing widespread wildlife extinction and the breakdown of our most important natural systems – unless we urgently work together for change. To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which people live in harmony with nature, we need to communicate the beauty of species, as well as forests, oceans and other habitats. And we need to champion ways of living more sustainably.

Around the world, people are protecting forests from the many threats they face, campaigning for more marine protect areas, guarding vulnerable species from poachers and taking local action to safeguard the things that are precious to them. Every action that helps to protect our world is worth celebrating. Let’s focus the world’s attention on our amazing planet, and the urgent need to protect it.