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Musician Imogen Heap announced plans to create and score a nature documentary -- with a twist: She's asking fans to shoot their own footage of the world around them and submit it. "It could be a sunrise from your bedroom window, underwater deep sea diving, a flower in a pavement crack, mist over mountains, reeds in rivers, a rare wild cat, rolling desert dunes, the northern lights, a sycamore seed helicoptering down or a cotton wool cloud," she writes. "We want everyone to explore the colours, lights, shades, rhythms and patterns of nature. Moments that fill us with wonder."Heap says she was inspired to make a nature film after a trip to Tanzania, and the film -- along with her first orchestral score -- will premiere at Royal Albert Hall on November 5. And then? "I want the audience to walk out during the interval literally bursting with a fresh love and empathy for our planet. The plan is then for our film to tour the globe virtually and physically. In cinemas and homes, on laptops and phones, for everyone to enjoy." Find out how to submit your own work at Love the Earth.
Emma Watson's New People Tree Collection Gets a Royal Debut
Actress Emma Watson just finished her first year as a student at Brown University and her last year filming the Harry Potter series, but her busy schedule didn't stop her from designing another collection for eco-friendly fashion brand People Tree. Ecorazzi reports that the clothes will be available in stores next spring, but fashion lovers can get a sneak peek of the new styles at A Garden Party to Make a Difference, Prince Charles's 12-day outdoor festival that offers entrance to the Prince's Clarence House gardens along with performances from comedians and musicians, debate speakers, and interactive displays demonstrating "the small steps that can, and are, being taken by all of us interested in building a more sustainable future," according to the event's website. "I'm so thrilled that People Tree will be showing the spring-summer collection at the garden party," Watson said. "I think the Prince of Wales's initiative is such a brilliant idea and I'm thrilled."
Neil Young Feeds Gulf Coast Families
Musician Neil Young has performed at Farm Aid to help family farms, spoken out about converting his 1959 Lincoln to run on clean energy (and get 100 mpg), and run his tour buses on biodiesel -- and now he's agreed to a series of charity concerts that will raise money and help stock the Bay Area Food Bank to support families affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill. Four concerts -- scheduled for September 20-28 in Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama -- will give fans the chance to donate nonperishables to the food bank and buy limited edition t-shirts (with proceeds going to the charity), reports Mother Nature Network.
Ryan Reynolds on the Real Cost of Filling Your TankVideo via YouTube
Actor Ryan Reynolds was so affected by a recent flyover of the Gulf of Mexico that he partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council for this PSA that details, as he told The Huffington Post, "the true cost of a gallon of gasoline." In a post for the site, he talks about the premium you're paying when you fuel up, writing, "When you see images of blackened beaches, grounded fisherman, and toxic dispersants in the water, you can't pretend that it only costs $35 to fill your gas tank." Reynolds, a Canadian native, also writes about environmental issues in his home country -- specifically the destruction of ancient forests to give people access to dirty tar sands oil, which, he says, "generates three times the global warming pollution as regular crude."