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This Planet is a series of short video stories that draw on the best new videos, awesome graphics, and surprising facts about climate, energy and innovation.

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Crowdfunding Comes of Age

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More and more, people who are concerned about climate change are “putting their money where their mouths are,” by investing in renewable energy sources thorough innovative online crowdfunding.  Recently, This Planet posted the story Crowdfunding Solar about Abundance Generation, a British Ashden Award-winner. Abundance is one of three British websites named by Solar Plaza as the top five renewable crowdfunders worldwide (number one is the Dutch company Windcentrale, and there is one American company on the list, Mosaic Energy).

A number of This Planet videos have covered innovative crowdfunding projects recently, illustrating the range of this new form of public participation. In addition to Crowdfunding Solar, there’s Desert On Ice, the story of an extraordinary project in the northern Indian region of Ladakh that is supporting agriculture through the creation of ‘Ice Stupas’.

Another fascinating effort we reported on in the video What Is Dark Snow?  A group of scientists, who are using crowdfunding to support their research trips to  Greenland, have discovered a new and unsuspected element contributing to the melting ice in northern latitudes. 

If you have a good crowdfunding source or story, email us at support@thisplanet.tv

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INNOVATION EVERYWHERE ON THIS PLANET

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We get excited by the kind of innovation that's both local and global, like these two This Planet videos. They are quite different: one is about how the Dutch are helping New York City survive the next Hurricane Sandy, and one about entrepreneurs selling solar lamps in rural Rwanda. But they are similar in portraying local actions, which are sometimes difficult to track, but are likely to have the most impact when taken together.

The Dutch have spent a few centuries thinking up cool ways to control water (the Sand Motor is one of their latest ideas). No surprise that the post-Hurricane Sandy project, Rebuild by Design, has not only hired a Dutchman but is spending millions on innovations meant to increase community resiliency while diverting water from subways and streets. This is a very good time to think about water, according to Climate Central, now that the seas are inexorably rising

Getting solar-powered lighting to Africa by training women entrepreneurs, as Solar Sister does, makes sense. Women are driving innovative sustainability all over the world. Organizations like The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network (WECAN) play a quiet but crucial role in educating and organizing women about climate action in their own best interest. Now the UN has gotten into the act with the Sustainability For All project, supporting women-based initiatives among a vast array of energy and sustainability projects.

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