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Exciting: the Arcadia International Environmental Film Festival

Submitted by on February 4, 2012 – 11:33 am

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Happyzine has always been in the forefront of highlighting all efforts which consciously confront challenges, and enhance our daily life. These challenges are numerous in our present times, particularly environmental ones with no real effort by governments due to political whims. Furthermore, the global economy is in depression at the present, and this gives the misperception that the environment can take a back seat. This is misleading belief, and need addressing on all fronts. We need to raise global awareness of what is happening in order to will a planet to our children full of vibrant life, and this starts with efforts now.

The Arcadia International Environmental Film Festival (Arcadia Festival) is one such responsible effort. This will be launched at the end of the year simultaneously in over 25 cities worldwide. This great festival has as its founder Aymeric Maudous, who is consistent, persevering and visionary in his actions regarding sustainability and the environment. Aymeric also wears the hat of an all round Ecopreneur, and has laid to green whatever he touches! His credits include creating EcoXpo, an uplifting event which takes place annually to showcase businesses and organizations which are in the business of Eco, sustainable or organic wares and services. Aymeric believes in good, honest and ethical trading of service suppliers to meet their equally eco conscious consumers.

“First and foremost, I want to inspire people from all horizons, backgrounds, cultures and social levels to connect

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deeper with our beautiful planet, and to each other, as one when it comes to the serious and catastrophic environmental issues we are facing. Secondly, Arcadia will work hand-in-hand with leading environmental organizations worldwide by providing an opportunity for these organizations to receive a substantial part of the funds generated from film ticket sales.” said Aymeric. What we really like is that in buying their tickets to see films, moviegoers from all around the world will be supporting the great work of these partnering organizations. Arcadia believes in working together for this shared vision: Arcadia will act as a global fundraiser for these organizations.

When I asked Aymeric when his plan will be a success he replied: “when I finally sit down the first night of the Festival after making the opening speech, presenting on the big screen the list of participating countries and the full list of films and documentaries. Since I am not an experienced public speaker, and on the top of that have a strong French accent, this will be a very challenging moment, yet memorable I am sure!”

The Arcadia International Environmental Film Festival encourages us as citizens of the beautiful blue planet we live on to preserve life and the Planet for future generations and we also create a vision for a better tomorrow for all. Please have a look at Arcadia Festival on Pozible, Facebook and Twitter and share this story with as many people as you can.

Aymeric Maudous

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