You would be forgiven for getting so lost in the world of Moana that the story itself becomes merely a distant hum. Disney’s newest animated extravaganza takes as its inspiration the crystal blue waves and lush green island mountains of Polynesia, making the landscape into a 3 D storybook. The computer animation, so much crisper and more vibrant than the all white X Y planes of Frozen, turns the film into a celebration of (bio)diversity.
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A Polynesian society blossomed in this unlikely locale after hardy souls somehow navigated a fleet of wooden outrigger canoes to this tiny speck in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. Here, in isolation some 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) from the nearest neighboring island, the Rapa Nui developed a distinct architectural and artistic culture. That culture reached its zenith during the tenth to 16th centuries, when the Rapa Nui carved and erected some 900 moai across the island..
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On 17October, Member States, representatives of civil society and the United Nations will gather at the world body’s New York Headquarters to mark the 2011 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on the theme: “From Poverty to Sustainability: People at the Centre of Inclusive Development”.Participants are expected to focus primarily on ways to break the cycle of poverty while protecting the environment. Such discussions are crucial because it has become clear that a sustainable future is not reachable when more than 2.6billion people 40percent of the world’s population live in poverty and face threats to their livelihoods and survival from recurrent natural disasters and economic shocks.A 2011 United Nations study on “The Global Social Crisis” warns that between 47million and 84million more people fell into, or were trapped in, extreme poverty because of the global financial and economic crisis. Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia were among the most affected regions, but poverty grew in industrialized countries, as well.