To illustrate commitment to the environment and sustainable practices, Givaudan hosted an exclusive evening with Brent Stapelkamp, wildlife photographer, lion researcher, winner of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Disruptor Award and founder of the Soft Foot Alliance. Brent shared the philosophy of permaculture and working with nature. His incredible photography was on view and a live auction took place with all proceeds benefiting the Soft Foot Alliance.
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Brent Stapelkamp spoke about the relevance of his work outside of his area, awakening individuals, companies and communities as permaculture’s model is applicable anywhere. This is aligned with our Sourcing for Shared Value, our approach to sustainable sourcing practices in the three key areas: Responsible sourcing, Sourcing at origin and Communities at source. Hence this evening aligns with our involvement with similar actions led by experts and individuals who are committed to the environment, people and the planet.
Background: Brent Stapelkamp is a wildlife photographer and the researcher who tracked and collared Cecil the lion. Brent has studied lions in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe for over nine years for Oxford University’s Wildlife and Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). Brent’s work is primarily about promoting ways to mitigate the conflict between the lions and livestock owners with a healthy dose of wildlife photography to get his “lion fix”.
He lives off-grid with his wife, Laurie Simpson, and their seven years old son, Oliver, in a home that his wife built with her bare hands. They are part of a rural community, and hope to both lead by example and learn from their neighbors. They have far-reaching ambitions to see and be part of a sustainable way of life whereby we are not just slowing down our impact on the planet but improving it. For that reason Lauren and Brent founded the Soft Foot Alliance which serves to design and implement long-term sustainable solutions that promote human-wildlife co-existence. By designing actions that first improve the lives and livelihoods of the people living with these animals, and second, promote the conservation of the animal, they hope to achieve co-existence between the two.
The Soft Foot Alliance has been successfully carrying out projects by hosting educational clinics in various local communities and working together to achieve co-existence and sustainability. Their clinics range from agricultural practices to stove crafting with the hopes that their participants will pass on what they have learned to those around them.
In addition to winning the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Disruptor of the Year, Brent also won one of the coveted Lush Spring Prizes at this year’s award ceremony in the UK.