Thanks to all who came to last night’s showing of Do the Math.
Those who were unable to come might be interested to watch this important (short) film online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY-8OUuJ9Ms
Update August 2013:
The film is no longer available through YouTube, due to 350.org getting a distribution deal (this is good news: it will be broadcast!), but you can still arrange to have a private or public screening, and download the film yourself to do so, through the film’s site: http://act.350.org/signup/math-movie/
On 14th July we will be showing ‘Do the Math’, a film about the rising movement to solve the climate crisis.
The documentary follows 350.org founder Bill McKibben on last November’s tour through 21 cities in the US. The show, which sold out in every venue, built on an article called “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” that Bill had previously published in Rolling Stone magazine.
Bill lays out the numbers that explain our current crisis: in order to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, scientists say we can emit only 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The fossil fuel industry, however, has roughly five times that amount in their reserves. The math, so to speak, simply doesn’t add up.
350.org planned the tour not only to share these stark new numbers, but to spark a new divestment campaign targeting the fossil fuel industry. Modeled on the anti-apartheid campaigns of the 1980s, this new divestment effort targets the 200 fossil fuel companies that own the vast majority of the world’s coal, oil and gas reserves.
The film is a timely reminder of the need to do all we can to transition to a fossil-fuel free future.
As run time is only 45 minutes, we are also hoping to show a short film, currently in editing, about Ealing Transition’s efforts over the last year
Following the film there will be a discussion about Ealing Transition’s plans going forward. We hope you can join us and share your ideas.
As usual, the film will be shown at 7.30pm St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free however we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of screening.
Sunday 12th May 7.30pm: Film Showing: Spirit of ’45
Spirit of ’45 is an impassioned documentary about how the sense of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society. “The achievements of the ’45 Labour government have largely been written out of our history” says Director Ken Loach, “from near economic collapse we took leading industries into public ownership and established the Welfare State. Generosity, mutual support and co-operation were the watch-words of the age. It is time to remember the determination of those who were intent on building a better world”. The film borrows from Britain’s regional and national archives, and adds sound recordings and contemporary interviews to create a rich political and social narrative.
The film seems of enormous relevance to the Transition movement as we endeavour to rebuild community spirit in the face of the challenges of climate change and energy volatility. As usual, it will be shown at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free however we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of screening. A selection of warm beverages and cakes / biscuits will be served after the film so we can discuss what we have seen and its implications for our efforts in Ealing.
If you miss this one, our next film showing will be on 14th July – film title TBC shortly.