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Find Your Nature – a documentary film to raise awareness for the socioeconomic benefits of land conservation and outdoor activity

This film captures a trip to seven U.S. National Parks, examining millennials' relationship to the environment, technology, and themselves.

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This film was completed in 2016 and is set for release in late 2017. Our primary goal now is to increase opportunities for distribution and to raise awareness for our cause.

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of The U.S. National Park Service, an organization created to preserve natural beauty and make it available for EVERYONE to use for recreation and appreciation. Studies have shown that spending time outside increases activity in the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, emotional stability, and love. In a world increasingly dominated by technology and digital interaction, it is important to preserve our connection to nature, for it is a catalyst for personal and social well-being. And in light of the tumultuous 2016 political season, we feel that sharing this type of catalyst is more crucial now than ever.

The film follows a young group's journey to seven National Parks in the Southeastern United States, and explores the tensions that this demographic is facing – between capitalism and global warming, between social technology and social welfare, and between existential angst and the perception of beauty.

Explain your idea

Our hope is that this story will raise awareness for the interconnectedness of the three most critical issues of humanity to date: human-caused climate change, social unrest, and existential angst. We believe that dialogue and the action which results from it will contribute to progress in combating these issues on all levels. By portraying an authentic journey of self-discovery in facing these issues and, in doing so, relating personal stories to larger themes in our society, we hope this project will encourage others to share their own stories and methods for resilience. From the micro level of self-awareness and personal choices, to the macro level of global diplomacy and resource management, these stories are meant to help people feel more empowered to make progress. Just as the aforementioned issues are deeply interconnected, so too are the economic, social, and environmental benefits which can result from this type of inspired action.

Who Benefits?

The primary beneficiaries of this project will most likely be young adults in the United States, since they will be able to relate to the story most directly. However, our goal is to inspire young people all over the world to seriously consider questions of self and their place in the world – specifically as it relates to their connection with the natural environment. Such consideration begets a desire to live sustainably, which promotes a peaceful ecology and a healthy economy – through balance, integrity, and commitment.

How is your idea unique?

Though the implications extend far beyond those involved personally on the project, Find Your Nature is also an intimate story and conveys the unique perspective of a small group of U.S. millennials facing the particular challenges of this time in their personal and cultural development. As far as we know, there are no other films which capture this set of social dynamics, especially given the sociopolitical and socioeconomic contexts which sparked this journey in the first place. The film was made by a small, self-driven group of social entrepreneurs and artists, who united around six core values: Adventure, Authenticity, Growth, Humility, Perseverance, and Positivity. The team traveled to the following National Parks in the Southeastern U.S., which makes the trip itself another unique aspect of the film: Acadia (ME), Shenandoah (VA), Greaty Smoky Mountains (NC/TN), Congaree (SC), Dry Tortugas (FL), Biscayne (FL), and Everglades (FL).

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Piloting: I have started to implement my solution as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about you

This project was spearheaded by The Bus, a non-profit organization out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina which promotes regional social entrepreneurship and impact initiatives. We have also been supported by several, mostly local sponsors. You can learn more at:

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

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I can't wait to watch it! Let's talk more about it!

Photo of Noel Butta

Thanks, I can't wait to watch yours, either! I reached out to you on LinkedIn so we can chat.

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