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Impact of climate change on a remote Himalayan landscape

Kickstarter Project to produce a documentary to explore climate change, industrial farming and urban migration on remote Himalayan landscapes.

The acceleration of urban migration, coupled with the ravages of climate change, have left many Kumaoni villages abandoned, their landscapes irrevocably altered.  By involving the youth of West Binsar Valley in filming this documentary, they are given an opportunity to learn a professional skill while examining their cultural heritage.

Ryan Stock, Producer

StFF support has helped the project reach its Kickstarter target and you can check it out here.

Media Workshop with Binsar Valley youth


The World We Made – Jonathon Porritt

If you haven’t read this book yet, give it a go.

Supported by a small grant from StFF Foundation, the World We Made by Jonathon Porritt, is the diary of a 50-year-old teacher, Alex McKay, living in 2050.

The book features mocked-up photos, handwritten graphics, and it’s an antidote to those who say sustainability is doom and gloom.

The New Scientist interviews Jonathon about The World We Made.

Waste Ventures’ Founder Addresses the United Nations in New York

Sculpt the Future Foundation’s ‘Beat Waste Challenge’ first prize winner – Waste Ventures – addresses the UN in New York on 6 November 2013.

Waste Ventures, founded by young entrepreneur, Parag Gupta, is addressing the challenge of waste management in developing countries and the organisation provides cities with incentives, profit, and sustainable practices – offering practical solutions to an industry needing significant change.

Read Waste Ventures latest news here

Parag Gupta at the UN







5000 Mile Project – complete!

Katharine and David Lowrie have completed their epic adventure – see The Guardian’s feature here.

Tomorrow (Saturday 26th October 2013) the couple will be in London celebrating their achievement.  You are welcome to join them:  1430-16.30pm, 80-100 Victoria Street, SW1E 5JL , London.

This is the banner:

with details of the presentation and run.

We would absolutely love to see you.




Living On One – film available to buy

 StFF beneficiary – Living On One – was supported to tour their film around the US in a renovated old bus and inspire young people to do what they can to make a difference through adventure and experiential learning.  See project description on this website for details.

”Living On One Dollar’ has won Best Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and received endorsements from Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and the Director of the Hunger Games, Gary Ross.

You can buy Living on One Dollar, on iTunes and the website for $9.99.  Every purchase from the Living On One website helps send their friends Chino and Rosa, the stars of the film, to school!   Click here to buy




Green Creche – news from Cape Town

StFF beneficiary, Touching the Earth Lightly, design and install a safer, insulated creche structure and food garden.

Read about it here.


Picture by Leon Lestrade



Green Shack Project – Explained

Want to know more about The Green Shack Project from Touching the Earth Lightly?  This video is a great place to start.

The Guardian International Development Achievement Award 2013 – Vote Now

Mr Illac Diaz’s project combines a recycled plastic bottle, a capful of bleach and distilled water and the result is the ‘Litre of Light’ which provides light to more than 350,000 households in ten countries around the world  without the need for electricity.

This low cost, sustainable design is now a global movement for which the process and  the instructions are entirely open-sourced and spread using traditional and digital social networks.

Illac has been nominated for the Guardian’s International Achievement Award 2013 and the deadline to vote is midnight GMT on Monday 16 September 2013.

Cast your vote for Illac NOW and be part of the Liter of Light revolution.litreoflight

Architecture for Humanity – leadership change announced

Architecture for HumanityArchitecture for Humanity received a very early StFF grant for its Container Studio project in 2009.

On 7 September 2013 its founders, Kate Stohr and Cameron Sinclair announced that they will step down after 15 years of leading the charity – Kate on 30th September 2013 and Cameron 6th April 2014, the organisation’s 15th Anniversary.

It’s great to see something you started evolve into an institution. We are excited about the future of the organization and plan to continue lending support in whatever ways we can.

Kate Stohr, co-founder

Jose Luis Gabriel Cruz. “Founders of Architecture for Humanity Step Down, Launch Five-year Plan” 06 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 13 Sep 2013. <>

5000 Mile Project – Update


David and Katharine have just launched a DoNation campaign for September asking supporters to pledge to do something to help the environment – cycling to work, turning off PCs etc.  Anyone who pledges to do something for their expedition will automatically be entered into a grand prize draw!

Learn more here.

The couple have less than 800 miles left to run now and are organizing a 10km run in central London on 26 October followed by a soup and bread get-together to raise money for their charities.   Details will be shared via their FB and Twitter pages.

Countdown to the Finishline