Al Gore’s new article in the Rolling Stone makes both sobering and inspiring reading. Most notable is the hope offered by the rapid uptake of solar power and other renewables, which are fast making the old model of centralized power based on fossil fuels obsolete. You can read the full article at http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-turning-point-new-hope-for-the-climate-20140618
Sunday 20th July 7.30pm: Film Showing: Project Wild Thing
Project Wild Thing is filmmaker David Bond’s record of his attempt to reconnect his own children – and indeed all of Britain’s children – with nature. Today’s young people stay indoors, unlike their parents and grandparents, who as children loved to roam free. A new generation is addicted to iPads and consoles, getting obese and insidiously depressed in the process, and parents are letting it happen. The outdoors is increasingly assumed to be dangerous, pointless and irrelevant.
“We think we’ve outgrown nature,” says Bond, and wonders if the way is to promote nature as a brand, so the kids can ‘get’ it and ‘choose’ it. With boyish enthusiasm, he devises ad strategies through billboards and social media to spread the good word, and gets out and about to talk to environmentalists like George Monbiot and Chris Packham.
After the film we will be holding our Annual Open Meeting, which is an informal opportunity to help us define our programme for the forthcoming year over a cuppa and a slice of cake.
As usual the showing takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH (map). Entry is free, but we will ask for a donation after the film to help us to cover screening costs. We hope you can join us.
Bring a child – or your inner child!
P.S. Please display our poster if you have an opportunity to do so!
Sunday 18th May 7.30pm: Film Showing: Trashed
In ‘Trashed’, actor Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution.
Having faced the worst through much of the film, he goes in search of solutions. From individuals who have changed their lives and produce almost no waste, to anti-waste legislation and an entire city which is now virtually waste-free, he discovers that change is not only essential, but happening.
This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. The film showcases the individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups around the world who are working to affect change and reform the current model.
You can watch the trailer on YouTube.
As usual the showing takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free, but we will ask for a donation after the film to help us to cover screening costs. Refreshments will be served and there will be plenty of time to chat though the themes raised by the movie. Do try to join us for this important film.
Our next film will be ‘Project Wild Thing’ on Sunday 20th July. Please put it in your diary.