Green Thing is a public service that inspires people to lead a greener life. With the help of brilliant videos and inspiring stories etc. from creative people and community members around the world, Green Thing focuses on seven things you can do – and enjoy doing. Join people from 171 countries doing their green things and making a difference.
Guardian journo and interviewer extraordinaire Laura Barton takes a walk through the city of London and finds some thrown-away papers and magazines which she recycled into a poem. And even more impressively, it’s great. Filmed by the talented, willing and helpful people at Firecracker Films and featuring music is by Graeme Miller – cleverly recycled from last October’s Green Thing.
A handy six pack reminder of all the Green Things to do. We could credit the 103 creative talents who have helped Green Thing give us six month’s of brilliant content but we’d almost need to build a new website to do it. So instead of that a huge huge thanks to all and a quick plug – that you can sign up to free Green Thing videos, podcasts, creatures and other treats by mailing subscribe dothegreenthing.com.
Animation-masters Triffic teamed up with jazz outfit Voodoo Kazoo to produce this brilliantly catchy shower-a-long with shades of Ferris Bueller and a hint of Ian Dury. Huge thanks to Andy for the design, Andy, Shaun, Chris and Garf for the animation, Luke for compositing and effects and Tim for vocals and patience. And a watery Green Thing hug to Olivia of Joy for stepping forward in the first place.
Royale with cheese eat your heart out. Directed and animated by Kethi Copeland, words and music by Naresh Ramchandani – and bold american v/o by Peggah Khashian, Jason Stanard and Daniel Lapaine.
Written by the kind and talented people at TBWA London (tbwa-london.com) and directed by Matt Lipsey (feelfilms.co.uk/ml1.html) of Little Britain fame, this video shows the lengths one man is prepared to go to in his quest to have fun in the dark. Special effects? Naah. The man studied appendage dance and mime for a year so he could do those amazing things with his Green Thing. Try them them at home, but be careful.
Jesus was born in a simple manger in a bare stable in Bethlehem. Perhaps this was because Mary and Joseph knew that it just would have been wrong to surround God’s son with the conspicuous consumption that defines many peoples lives today. Perhaps every now and again we can choose to revel in the glory of an old thing rather than a new thing, and do the planet a favour too.
Stair-climbers James, Jo and Pete risk their lives by trying to reach the third floor. It’s a story of guts and sacrifice. A story of genuine heroes who don’t know the meaning of the word ‘lift’ – or do they? Thanks to the brilliant Michael Wright who wrote and directed the whole bloomin’ thing, and to Partizan London who kindly produced it.
When it comes to body warmth we could learn a thing or two from penguins.