Tuesday, April 10, 2018












Angelina Jolie and Her Children Are Working with Queen Elizabeth on a Special Conservation Project

Jolie opens up about working alongside her children for the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.




They may be from two very different worlds, but it’s a shared passion for conservation that has Angelina Jolie joining forces with the Queen to help save one of the world’s most important natural habitats—forests.

One of Her Majesty’s most ambitious projects to date, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) is a unique initiative to build a vast network of forest conservation projects around the world. It's also the reason Jolie secretly travelled to Namibia last summer with her six children to open a plant nursery to provide local saplings to replace dying trees in the Namib desert.

“The [project] means so much and will mean so much to so many people,” Jolie says in new documentary The Queen’s Green Planet. “So, for us to come here and say to the children, ‘This is why it’s important to plant a tree,’ that’s the biggest message I can teach my kids and it’s something that they’ve certainly learned from Her Majesty and her message.”

So far, 37 Commonwealth nations, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica and the U.K., have signed up to the program, which aims to save indigenous forests spanning across 53 Commonwealth countries for future generations.

Jolie is an active campaigner on Namibia’s conservation scene and has been involved in numerous projects there since she first visited in 2003, so it was an instant "yes" when she was approached by the Namibian government on behalf of the Queen to help the initiative.

For the documentary, a small camera crew joined Jolie as she took to the pilot’s seat of a Cessna 210 plane to fly across the Namib desert. She explained the importance of working with the 91-year-old British monarch.

“[The children] ask me, ‘Why is it so important to her?’” she explains. “You know when you sit up at night in a tent with your kids and they say, ‘Why does the Queen of England care about planting trees in Africa?’ And to be able to explain that to them is a really nice way of being able to explain... the world at large and what should matter and why.”

She continues, “I think that’s what it comes down to is you say to the kids, ‘You know, really, you don’t know her, you can’t understand all that it means to be a queen and all that... You try to say, ‘You know, she’s just this really lovely lady who really cares about people around the world, and she really cares about the future, and she wants your grandkids and her grandkids to be able to be running around, enjoying nature and other cultures, and the importance of other cultures.’ She thinks that really matters and I agree with her.”

Namibia is the most sparsely populated country in the Commonwealth, with vast areas of desert that suffer greatly from drought and deforestation. As part of her visit, Jolie— who set up the nursery with the help of the local San people, one of Africa’s oldest tribes—enlisted children Shiloh, Maddox, Pax, Knox, Vivienne and Zahara to plant one of the first trees for the Canopy.

Producer and director Jane Treays, who traveled with Jolie on the trip, tells BAZAAR.com, “It’s was lovely to see [the children] all so involved in this project and how passionate Angelina is about the QCC. She made sure they all understood what it was they were part of.”

During the same trip to Namibia, where Jolie shot her November 2017 Harper’s BAZAAR cover, the filmmaker and actress also opened the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary in honor of her 11-year-old daughter, who was born in the country’s Swakopmund city in May 2006. The new facility is funded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and provides a home for animals like rhinos and elephants and safety from poachers.

Jolie—who sources confirm is currently based in London ahead of filming Maleficent 2 at Pinewood Studios later this month—first met the Queen in 2014 when she was made an honorary dame for her services to U.K. foreign policy and campaigning to end war zone sexual violence. She later returned to Buckingham Palace in March 2017, where she was accompanied by son Maddox for a private tour of the Queen’s main residence.



For her Majesty, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is an opportunity to create a lasting legacy of her leadership in the Commonwealth and, in her own words, a “chance to change the climate again." But as she slows down on travel due to age, she is now relying on a younger generation of royals to help spread her unique vision to all corners of the globe.

From Prince William and Duchess Kate’s September 2016 trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada to Prince Harry’s tree planting photo ops across the Caribbean during his November 2016 tour, her grandchildren are stepping up to finish the job.

“As a prince [you are] born at birth with a natural platform, to be able to try and make a difference,” Harry says in the hour-long documentary. “From that perspective, I’m very lucky to have a platform to be able to try and make change and the causes that mean a lot to me.”

He continues, “The QCC initiative provides an opportunity to unite us all, develop new approaches and reduce our impact on the environment. It is up to us to change our behaviour. So, we’re the generation who are going to have to fix it. And… the platform of the Commonwealth is the perfect place to start.”

The Queen’s Green Planet airs April 16 at 9 PM GMT on Britain's ITV network.





Combating desertification
The N/a’an ku sê Forest Conservation Revegetation Project is taking N/a’an ku sê’s current landscape conservation efforts to the next level. With the ultimate goal of conserving Namibia’s native forests, the project is evolving from maintenance of the forest to active rehabilitation of degraded areas where indigenous forests once thrived.

Project aims

Funded by Angelina Jolie and developed in partnership with the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, the N/a’an ku sê Forest Conservation Revegetation Project involves the construction of economically viable and ecologically sustainable nurseries at N/a’an ku sê Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary in central Namibia. Indigenous seed of various native tree and shrub species (with a focus on endangered species) will be collected and propagated using recycled water. These seedlings will then be planted into areas where existing native vegetation has been reduced or lost because of human interference. The project will provide employment opportunities and associated training for the local community in nursery operations, plant propagation, forest revegetation and conservation, as well as volunteer coordination.
This project advances the most recent National Action Programme for Namibia to Implement the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (NAP 2014-2024), which aims to ”prevent and reverse desertification and land degradation in affected areas and to mitigate the effects of drought in Namibia in support of poverty reduction and environment sustainability.” The project contributes to both the environmental and community aspects of this programme.

In November 2016, the project was accepted into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, at a ceremony hosted by Her Majesty The Queen of England and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, and attended by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. The QCC, launched in 2015 by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 52 countries of the Commonwealth. The QCC supports a network of forest conservation projects that will mark Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth, while conserving indigenous forests for future generations. The project was opened by Angelina Jolie in June 2017.

The N/a’an ku sê Forest Conservation Revegetation Project is honoured to be included in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. We hope that the project outcomes will act as a framework to encourage and guide those interested in forest conservation within Namibia and across Southern Africa and a catalyst for future forest conservation projects. Dissemination of the project results (including failures and successes) will add to the body of knowledge around forest conservation, encourage information sharing among the community and raise awareness of the value of saving indigenous forests and how they contribute to climate change.

For more information on this project please contact research@naankuse.com

8 comments:

  1. You've lost one of the MIT Media Lab pics from Brad's visit from 11/28/17...here 'ya go.
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  2. Christian Louboutin admires admires Angelina Jolie for her individual style.
    Christian Louboutin hates shopping
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    STYLE & BEAUTY / 9 APRIL 2018, 2:00PM

    Christian Louboutin doesn't like people who are obsessed with talking about fashion and would rather spend time with someone 'smart and funny'.

    The 55-year-old designer founded his namesake brand in 1992 and has designed over 15,000 shoes and boots since but despite being one of the world's most recognisable brands with his signature red sole trademark, he has no interest in shopping and thinks people who are obsessed with talking about fashion are a "nightmare".

    Speaking to Vogue.com, he said: "[I have] no interest [in shopping]. None. I never go clothes shopping, I have no patience for clothes.

    "I'd rather spend time with someone badly dressed but smart and funny and engaging than someone perfectly dressed and boring, who talks about clothes. To me, that's the image of a nightmare: a woman incredibly well-dressed, who can only talk about clothes. That kills it for me."

    Christian has a long list of celebrity clients who swear by his fanciful footwear, including Margot Robbie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Kardashian West, Selena Gomez and Melania Trump, but would never partner with a celebrity for a brand endorsement because it shows a "weakness" and credits people like British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and Angelia Jolie for embracing an individual style.

    He explained: "I was never that associated with anyone, anyway. I'm not the type of designer to put up an Instagram with my new BFF, who happens to be a big star. I never did, I never will.

    "Her uniform belongs to her. Another person like that is Angelina Jolie. If you think about her you never put her in a designer mentality, like Dolce, Fendi whatever. She looks good, she looks weird, she looks amused, she looks bored, but you never think she looks 'of a designer'. She's such a strong character. Actors have such big personalities that to be associated with a brand is a bit of weakness, I would say."

    https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/style-beauty/christian-louboutin-hates-shopping-14328290

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  3. Fussy here is another image from Brad at the birthday party they all went to the concert after.

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  4. Another wonderful arcticle abou the The Queen's CC and Angelina Jolie's involvement from Harper's Bazaar

    Angelina Jolie and Her Children Are Working with Queen Elizabeth on a Special Conservation Project
    Jolie opens up about working alongside her children for the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.
    By Omid Scobie
    Apr 10, 2018

    They may be from two very different worlds, but it’s a shared passion for conservation that has Angelina Jolie joining forces with the Queen to help save one of the world’s most important natural habitats—forests.

    One of Her Majesty’s most ambitious projects to date, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) is a unique initiative to build a vast network of forest conservation projects around the world. It's also the reason Jolie secretly travelled to Namibia last summer with her six children to open a plant nursery to provide local saplings to replace dying trees in the Namib desert.

    “The [project] means so much and will mean so much to so many people,” Jolie says in new documentary The Queen’s Green Planet. “So, for us to come here and say to the children, ‘This is why it’s important to plant a tree,’ that’s the biggest message I can teach my kids and it’s something that they’ve certainly learned from Her Majesty and her message.”

    So far, 37 Commonwealth nations, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica and the U.K., have signed up to the program, which aims to save indigenous forests spanning across 53 Commonwealth countries for future generations.


    Jolie’s 2017 BAZAAR cover shoot took place in Namibia in 2017.
    Alexi Lubomirski
    Jolie is an active campaigner on Namibia’s conservation scene and has been involved in numerous projects there since she first visited in 2003, so it was an instant "yes" when she was approached by the Namibian government on behalf of the Queen to help the initiative.

    The entire inspirational article is at the link. https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a19732408/angelina-jolie-queen-elizabeth-commonwealth-canopy-conservation-project/

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  5. Fussy please post this article from Harper's Bazaar it has more in depth inside information than the article People have posted.

    Angelina Jolie and Her Children Are Working with Queen Elizabeth on a Special Conservation Project
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    One of Her Majesty’s most ambitious projects to date, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) is a unique initiative to build a vast network of forest conservation projects around the world. It's also the reason Jolie secretly travelled to Namibia last summer with her six children to open a plant nursery to provide local saplings to replace dying trees in the Namib desert.“The [project] means so much and will mean so much to so many people,” Jolie says in new documentary The Queen’s Green Planet. “So, for us to come here and say to the children, ‘This is why it’s important to plant a tree,’ that’s the biggest message I can teach my kids and it’s something that they’ve certainly learned from Her Majesty and her message.Jolie is an active campaigner on Namibia’s conservation scene and has been involved in numerous projects there since she first visited in 2003, so it was an instant "yes" when she was approached by the Namibian government on behalf of the Queen to help the initiative.For the documentary, a small camera crew joined Jolie as she took to the pilot’s seat of a Cessna 210 plane to fly across the Namib desert. She explained the importance of working with the 91-year-old British monarch.“[The children] ask me, ‘Why is it so important to her?’” she explains. “You know when you sit up at night in a tent with your kids and they say, ‘Why does the Queen of England care about planting trees in Africa?’ And to be able to explain that to them is a really nice way of being able to explain... the world at large and what should matter and why.”She continues, “I think that’s what it comes down to is you say to the kids, ‘You know, really, you don’t know her, you can’t understand all that it means to be a queen and all that. You try to say, ‘You know, she’s just this really lovely lady who really cares about people around the world, and she really cares about the future, and she wants your grandkids and her grandkids to be able to be running around, enjoying nature and other cultures, and the importance of other cultures.’ She thinks that really matters and I agree with her.”

    "She’s this lovely lady who really cares about people around the world, and she really cares about the future."

    Namibia is the most sparsely populated country in the Commonwealth, with vast areas of desert that suffer greatly from drought and deforestation. As part of her visit, Jolie— who set up the nursery with the help of the local San people, one of Africa’s oldest tribes—enlisted children Shiloh, Maddox, Pax, Knox, Vivienne and Zahara to plant one of the first trees for the Canopy.Producer and director Jane Treays, who traveled with Jolie on the trip, tells BAZAAR.com, “It’s was lovely to see [the children] all so involved in this project and how passionate Angelina is about the QCC. She made sure they all understood what it was they were part of.”
    During the same trip to Namibia, where Jolie shot her November 2017 Harper’s BAZAAR cover, the filmmaker and actress also opened the Shiloh Wildlife Sanctuary in honor of her 11-year-old daughter, who was born in the country’s Swakopmund city in May 2006. The new facility is funded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and provides a home for animals like rhinos and elephants and safety from poachers.
    https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/film-tv/a19732408/angelina-jolie-queen-elizabeth-commonwealth-canopy-conservation-project/

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  6. Angelina Jolie and Queen Elizabeth II Are Basically BFFs Now​
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    Not only did Angelina Jolie meet Queen Elizabeth II, when she received an honorary damehood in 2014, but the actress has been fostering a relationship with the royal ever since.
    https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a19729966/angelina-jolie-queen-elizabeth-ii-friends/

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  7. Fussy New Brad pic he's shooting his Breitling VIDEO OR PHOTO SHOOT he in Central Hollywood at Paramount Studio

    georgeskern 8 hpurs ago
    At film and photo shoot production in LA (Paramount Studios) of our “cinema squad” with Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and Adam Driver. Quite a production I must say. Stay tuned for more pictures. @breitling #breitlingsquad @legendaryfuture
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BhZXwtXn6jU/?taken-by=georgeskern


    PHOTO OF BRAD HOURS AGO
    georgeskernHere with Brad Pitt discussing the watches for the shooting. He is such an incredibly nice man. A real gentleman and super professional. Cannot imagine a better partner. So proud that he is supporting Breitling. @breitling #breitling #breitlingsquad #superoceanheritage #cinema
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    larger PIC

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  8. World’s most admired 2018
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    Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie remain the most admired man and woman in the world, with the Obamas taking the second place spots in YouGov's latest annual study

    Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie are once again the world’s most admired man and woman in YouGov’s annual study of which public figures the people of our planet look up to.

    Tech pioneer and philanthropist Gates has topped the list every time YouGov has conducted the survey, while Jolie has also come first in each of the three surveys since 2015 when separate male and female categories were introduced.

    This year, the study expanded to cover the views of people in 35 countries – the most ever – and means that YouGov interviewed more than 37,000 people to compile the list.

    Entertainers dominate the female top twenty, with 14 of the most admired women being actresses, singers or TV presenters (although some, like Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie, are also notable for their humanitarian work). By contrast, the list of most admired men contains more people from political, business and sporting backgrounds.

    Former US presidential couple Barack and Michelle Obama occupy the two second place spots, representing a three-position rise for Michelle and no change for Barack. The 44th American president is 15 places higher than the man that replaced him – with Donald Trump going up one place since the last study. In fact, the last US president ranks higher than the incumbent in all countries surveyed bar one: Russia.

    The results are calculated from the combination of responses to two questions – whether a respondent admires the figure at all and then whether they are the figure the respondent admires the most. Each nation's results in the global compilation are also weighted to represent the country's population size. (Full methodology is available below)

    In the list of global-only figures Obama ranks first in 19 countries,compared to only 6 for Bill Gates. However, as the former president performs relatively poorly in populous countries like China (7th) and Russia (12th), Gates – who places in the top four in every country listed –scoops the top spot.


    Local figures and methodology

    In December YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panellists across 35 countries, asking them simply: “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?” These nominations were then used to compile a list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least four
    countries. An additional 10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries.

    Over the beginning of the year we then used the lists to poll each of the 35 countries asking two questions: “who do you truly admire?”, where respondents could make multiple selections, and “who do you MOST admire?”, where they could only pick one. These two numbers were combined into a percentage share of admiration, displayed to the right
    of each name in the first graphic and table below, which shows the full results for every country including local celebrities and public figures:.....

    By asking respondents two questions, we can understand both the breadth (i.e. global reach) and the intensity of a person's support.

    Altogether, we polled in countries that constitute more than
    two-thirds of the world's population. However, some parts of the world were better represented than others, so we weighted up the impact certain countries had on the final scores and weighted down others so the global scores more accurately reflect the breakdown of sentiment in the world overall.

    https://yougov.co.uk/news/2018/04/11/worlds-most-admired-2018/

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