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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 5 2017

About


(Português em baixo - Portuguese below)

It's more than just a documentary series

This campaign is for the pilot episode of an educational docuseries about travelling, learning, exploring, respecting and preserving nature. This is phase 2. Phase 1 of the project is a blog, that will keep running, with information that is free, forever. New partners will be introduced, who will provide interesting scientific information in words that everyone can understand and anyone can ask questions about something they've seen but don't know much about, or simply a subject they are curious about but never had the chance to ask an expert. This will also help shape the content of each episode. You can have a say on what you would like us to explore and explain. Scientific literacy is good for you, and can help preserve nature.

Typical landscape from Alentejo (photo by Carolina Lima)
Typical landscape from Alentejo (photo by Carolina Lima)

 

 Why does the world need this project?

What's that rock? How and when was it formed? What species are there in this ecosystem? You don't have to be a scientist to be curious about your surroundings and to be keen on learning more. During my first degree in marine biology I did lots of field trips with professors and researchers, who were experts in their fields. The aim was to learn so we could become scientists, but I now realise that it was also a privilege not many people have access to. And this should not be the case. However, when we walk past rock formations or go hiking up a mountain full of different animal and plant species, often there are no signs or experts at hand to tell us about what we are looking at. Also, there are many species that we don't even see because they are hiding, live underground or only come out at night. So, on each episode we will explore a certain route and explain the various species in an ecosystem and their function, travel back in time through geological history and look at the impact of human activity on the natural landscape and balance. Viewers can learn though the docuseries, and they can even do the same trails/walks and experience the places themselves, now full of knowledge and understanding of what they are looking at, how it got to look the way it does today and how it works in terms of ecosystem and habitat dynamics.

Our experts

To plan and write each episode we are gathering an army of biologists, geologists, paleontologists, environmental chemists, etc. so that the content is accurate, nerdy and up-to-date. You will learn a bunch of interesting things and can then show off that knowledge to your friends and family!

For the pilot episode we are teaming up with Hélder Pereira and Francisco Lopes from Geo Walks and Talks (GWT) and we will explore some trails in the south coast of Portugal and learn a bit about the 400 million years of History that those rocks hold. Rocks tell us about (geological) time, events, weather, sea level and, of course, life! There are many fossils in the Algarve region and paleontologist Luis Azevedo Rodrigues will be at had to tell us all about them! You will also learn about the living species of today.

Map of Algarve (south Portugal) showing walks offered by GWT
Map of Algarve (south Portugal) showing walks offered by GWT

 

Some images showcasing the diversity of geological landscapes of south Portugal (image by GWT)
Some images showcasing the diversity of geological landscapes of south Portugal (image by GWT)

Schools and citizens can help too

Although the final goal is a docuseries, all the steps before, during and after are designed to get people involved. There are so many ways the public can learn by doing and actually help out scientists get data for their research.

Recently I've learnt that the very school I attended growing up (Escola João Garcia Bacelar - Tocha) is very active in citizen science and environmental education and protection. Each year they come up with projects and apply for funding. This one, for example, in collaboration with local and national authorities, went through to the last round for funding by Ilídio Pinho Foundation. The aim was to rehabilitate the Teixoeiros lake/pond by planting "teixo" (European yew,Taxus baccata), among other activities.

Teixoeiros lake looking a bit sad (photo from the Teixoeiros ConVida project)
Teixoeiros lake looking a bit sad (photo from the Teixoeiros ConVida project)

Not very far, there are lots of other similar bodies of water that should be preserved. Teixoeiros, however is a bit different, as it is connected to the sea, whereas the other ones are not. This is the kind of place and project that can be featured in our series. Most locals don't even know that there are otters around here or what kind of fish can be found in the water, or how conditions and species change along the way between the main body of water and the ocean. If they are made aware, maybe that knowledge will prompt them to protect these areas and take action against those who try to destroy them.

So many ecosystems in need of understanding and preservation!
So many ecosystems in need of understanding and preservation!

Someone decided to pull out all the trees the students had planted. So, clearly it is very necessary to educate the population not only to learn and understand more about the natural landscape, but also to help preserve it. Hopefully, with more similar projects, and proper education, via for example this docuseries, as well as working together with the public, will bring better results in the future.

I'm not in Portugal, why should I support this project?

So what? Maybe that's an extra reason why you should do it! I grew up watching BBC documentaries about places I had not visited and creatures I had never seen and that was part of the appeal. Through my telly I visited remote places, swam with jellyfish, flew with eagles and ran for my life trying to escape a cheetah (pointless though!). Maybe you feel like visiting Portugal after watching our episode or reading our blog! If you can't physically do it, at least you've learnt a bunch of new things and, guess what? Nature is everywhere! Maybe there is something similar where you live and now you understand a bit more about it, maybe you get inspired and start a campaign to protect an ecosystem that is local to you! If you are in Portugal or are planning to visit, maybe your next adventure will be more interesting, after learning more about the landscape, that is much more dynamic than a still picture would suggest.

Anyway, if you look at Earth from space, there are no political divisions. Nature does not care about that. It's all one planet and we should do our best to understand it and, especially, respect it and preserve it.

Who is doing what and what's the money for?

I am in charge of the overall project, but there will be experts at hand to provide accurate scientific knowledge. Also, the filming, sound recording and editing will be done by professionals.

The money will go towards filming, renting equipment, editing, a couple of animations explaining some concepts and transporting all the equipment and crew between locations. We have also accounted for Kickstarter’s 5% fee and payment processing fees (between 3% and 5%) that will be collected from the funding total.

Mais que uma série documental  

Esta campanha é para o episódio piloto de uma série documental educativa sobre viajar, entender, explorar, respeitar e preserver a natureza. Esta é a fase 2. A fase 1 do projecto é um blogue, que continuará a ser actualizado e contém informação gratuita. Novos parceiros serão apresentados e partilharão informação científica interessante e numa linguagem acessível a todos. Qualquer pessoa pode colocar questões sobre algo que viu mas não entendeu ou gostaria de obter mais informação, ou um assunto no qual tenha interesse mas nunca teve oportunidade de perguntar a um(a) especialista. Esta dinâmica ajudará também a moldar cada episódio ao que os espectadores querem ver. Assim sendo, o público pode ajudar a decidir o que a série irá explorar. A literacia científica é saudável e pode ajudar a proteger a natureza.

Paisagem típica do Alentejo (foto da Carolina Lima)
Paisagem típica do Alentejo (foto da Carolina Lima)

Porque é que este projecto é necessário?  

O que é esta rocha? Como e quando foi formada? Que espécies fazem parte deste ecossistema? Não e necessário ser-se cientista para se ser curioso acerca do mundo que nos rodeia e ter vontade de aprender. Durante a licenciatura em biologia marinha fiz imensas visitas de estudo com professores e investigadores que eram peritos nas suas áreas do conhecimento. Estas aulas faziam parte do currículo, para a nossa formação como cientistas, mas foram também um privilégio ao qual muito pouca gente tem acesso. Tal não deveria ser o caso mas, quando passamos por uma formação rochosa ou fazemos uma caminhada na montanha e vemos várias espécies de animais e plantas, raramente há placares de informação ou especialistas por perto para fornecer informação sobre o que estamos a observar. Além disso, há muitas espécies que nem sequer vemos, porque estão escondidas, vivem debaixo do solo ou são nocturnas. Em cada episódio um roteiro será explorado e as várias espécies e a sua função nos respectivos ecossistemas serão dadas a conhecer. Viajaremos pelo tempo geológico e analisaremos o impacto da actividade humana na paisagem natural. Depois de adquirir novo conhecimento através da série documental, os nossos espectadores poderão até fazer algumas das caminhadas, agora com um novo entendimento do que estão a ver, como mudou desde o passado até ao actual aspecto e como funciona em termos de ecosistemas e dinâmica de habitat.

Os nossos especialistas

Estamos a reunir um exército de biólogos, geólogos, paleontólogos, químicos ambientais, etc. para nos ajudarem a planear e escrever cada episódio, de forma a que o conteúdo seja actual, relevante e correcto.

Para o episódio piloto, contamos com o apoio do Hélder Pereira e do Francisco Lopes da Geo Walks and Talks (GWT). Iremos explorar alguns caminhos na costa sul, no Algarve, e aprender um pouco acerca dos 400 milhões de anos de História (geológica) que as rochas desta região têm para contar. Por aqui existem também muitos fósseis, pelo que contamos com o paleontólogo Luis Azevedo Rodrigues para nos explicar o que estamos a ver e há quanto tempo desapareceram.

Mapa do Algarve (sul de Portugal) mostrando as várias caminhadas oferecidas pela GWT
Mapa do Algarve (sul de Portugal) mostrando as várias caminhadas oferecidas pela GWT

 

Algumas imagens das diversas paisagens geológicas do sul de Portugal (imagem do GWT)
Algumas imagens das diversas paisagens geológicas do sul de Portugal (imagem do GWT)

 Escolas e cidadãos também podem ajudar

Embora o objectivo final seja a série documental, todos os passos antes, durante e depois deste processo foram planeados para envolver o público. Hoje em dia existem muitas formas de qualquer pessoa aprender ciência através de actividades práticas e ajudar os cientistas a obter dados para os seus projectos de investigação. Recentemente, descobri que a escola que frequentei na minha terra (Escola João Garcia Bacelar - Tocha) é muito activa em projectos de ciência cidadã e educação e protecção ambiental. Todos os anos, propõem um novo projecto para financiamento. Este, por exemplo, chamado Teixoeiros ConVida, em colaboração com autoridades locais e nacionais, foi seleccionado pela Fundação Ilídio Pinho. O objectivo era recuperar a Lagoa e replantar teixos (Taxus baccata).

Lagoa dos Teixoeiros a necessitar de reabilitação (foto do projecto Teixoeiros ConVida)
Lagoa dos Teixoeiros a necessitar de reabilitação (foto do projecto Teixoeiros ConVida)

 Não muito longe, existem outras lagoas semelhantes, que também merecem ser conhecidas e preservadas. A lagoa dos Teixoeiros é um pouco diferente das outras, no sentido em que tem ligação com o mar. A nossa série documental pretende mostrar caminhadas pela costa, montanha, zonas rurais, etc. em percursos “bonitos”, mas também mostrar ecossistemas e áreas que necessessitam de protecção e reabilitação e que poderão mais tarde ser revisitados. Em certos casos, nem a população local connhece a biodiversidade destes locais. Por exemplo, nestas lagoas existem lontras e as condições ambientais entre a lagoa e o pequeno canal de água que a liga ao mar variam bastante, o que faz com que diferentes espécies possam ser encontradas ao longo do caminho. Com mais conhecimento, pode ser que o público comece a fazer mais para proteger estas áreas.

Tantos ecossistemas que precisam da nossa ajuda!
Tantos ecossistemas que precisam da nossa ajuda!

 Alguém decidiu arrancar todos os teixos que os alunos da escola da Tocha plantaram para o projecto. Claramente, é necessário investir mais na educação ambiental e incentivar toda a gente a preserver e monitorizar o trabalho, para assegurar que actos de maldade ou ignorância como este não voltem a acontecer. Esperamos que, com projectos semelhantes e educação, como por exemplo através da nossa série documental, e o envolvimento das comunidades, possamos ver mais resultados positivos no futuro.

Quem vai fazer o quê e para que é o financiamento?

Eu sou responsável pelo projecto em geral. O conteúdo científico de cada episódio será fornecido/confirmado por investigadores especialistas nos diversos assuntos abordados. As filmagens, gravação de som e edição serão feitas profissionalmente, por uma produtura.

O financiamento será para as filmagens e som, aluguer de equipamento, edição, uma animação a explicar um conceito mais complexo, e transporte de equipamento e equipa entre os locais de filmagem. Do valor total, serão retirados 5% para o Kickstarter e 3-5% para processamento de pagamentos electrónicos.

Risks and challenges

Although I am in charge of writing and coming up with the storyboard, this is a team effort, so the filming, sound recording and editing (as well as expert/technical comments to my part), will be done by professional filmmakers from a production company who have experience in shooting and editing nature footage.

The content will be provided/revised by experts in biology, geology, paleontology, chemistry, etc, to make sure it is accurate.

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