The backdrop of the film is Durban and COP17 – The UN Climate Change conference in December 2011.
A unique horticultural art piece is being built. This is the ‘Living Beehive’, a sophisticated steel structure based on the traditional Zulu beehive hut; and clad with a 3-dimensional garden of indigenous plants .
A few deep thinking delegates at COP17 visit the Beehive and share their perspectives on its symbolism, the value of healthy ecosystems, and human aspiration.
We then step away from the introspective space of the beehive to follow wetland specialist Mbali Khubeka as she guides us into the field where we can evaluate Beehive thinking.
She takes us to sites where rural communities are benefitting from rehabilitated systems on the Mkhuze Floodplain; and to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where conservation efforts at this World Heritage site are recognized globally as an essential investment in the future.
Thought provoking and informative, the film hopes to educate and inspire all of us to recognize the importance of natural capital and biodiversity.
The film is available for viewing on our website or a DVD can be ordered through the STEPS offices. See: http://www.caretakers.co.za/films.php