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Life Nature You by Myles Thompson on Vimeo.

November 14, 2011

Gaithersburg, MD and Denmark

By:Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin

Inspired by playing with his children in nature, Danish independent filmmaker Myles Thompson has created a joyful and thought provoking video that is in the running for the World Wildlife Fund’s video contest to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  The contest is called ” Life, Nature, You.  Make the Connection.”

Myles explained that “by playing with my children I began to share their enthusiasm for the small wonders in life and learned to appreciate some of the wildlife most of us take for granted.  I wanted to share this experience with other people.”  Thus he made Life, Nature, You, a three minute video that shows a child who finds little critters in a patch of grass and then makes sure that her mother doesn’t pass the lawn mower over the little patch.

“My daughter created a tiny nature reserve in our garden to save the wildlife in the grass from the lawn mower,” Myles explained.  “We stopped to talk about it, and then spent the afternoon looking for wildlife in the grass.  What she found really amazed me.  So many little creatures in a tiny patch of grass.”

In 2008 Myles took a course in wildlife filmmaking at the Wildlife Film Academy in Capetown South Africa and since then has been making films about animals and nature.  Myles noted that “wildlife often seems remote and disconnected from our day-to-day lives, and our impact on the environment as individuals seems minimal.  But my daughter’s idea – that an individual can save a tiny patch of the earth suddenly changed the way I think, and inspired me to do something.”

Myles acknowledged the environmental concerns in Denmark, where he grew up and lives now.  “Denmark uses a lot of wind power, which is certainly a positive development – but I think a lot of education is required to encourage people to take care of their environment,” he remarked.  For example, Myles mentioned Thy National Park which is Denmark’s first natural wildlife reserve.  “It’s beautiful, and the Danes appreciate it, but I often find a lot of litter on the trails.”

World WildLife’s 50th Anniversary video contest will be judged by WWF Video Producer Elma Okic Andrew Jackson, Head of the BBC Natural History Unit; Maarten van Rouveroy, Greenpeace Senior Video Producer; Executive Producer and co-founder of “One Day on Earth” Brandon Litman; and Alka Tomar, Director of the CMS Vatavaran Film Festival.  The deadline for entries was November 1, 2011.

The winner will receive funds and full support from WWF’s global network to produce a special short film that will help inspire people to love, value and protect the natural world.

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