NGOs for 'greener EU budget' release ‘positive examples’ animated video

Article published on Oct. 24, 2012
Article published on Oct. 24, 2012

As EU leaders decide how the next one trillion EU budget should look like, a coalition of green groups from central and eastern Europe have huddled together to promote investments in sustainable practices. Their interesting video, compiled from research of national NGOs, show positive examples of spending (as opposed to ‘bad’ spending such as big transport infrastructure through protected areas). The film’s British writer and director Daniel Bird explains that the EU budget doesn't have to be something belonging to the Brussels bureaucrats. Electric bike schemes or 'green heating' is something to chat about over tea at home too. ‘I live in the same house as the film’s Czech animator, Jarda Mrazek, in the quiet suburbs of Prague,’ he says. ‘The homemade film was written, designed and cobbled together over many cups of tea, with us popping out occasionally into the garden or street to shoot the background footage. The road outside is being dug up, and the bemused builders watched us film pieces of paper on their piles of sand and on cracks in the tarmac. We had a lot of fun making this infographic, in a quiet, animator-ish way’