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Inspired into Action!

Anna came along to our showing of 350.org’s film “Do the Math” in July, and this is what happened next…

How we can really make change come about?

Margaret Mead’s words, Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has inspire me. They are the kind of phrase I would happily post on my Facebook page. Whilst the sentiment is definitely there, perhaps action was lacking – a little disconnect between wanting and being willing to actually do something concrete to make my life in the city, on our one shared earth, a more sustainable one.

I attended Ealing Transition’s film night and enjoyed a 40 min film called ‘Do the Math’ which Trevor introduced and we followed by small group discussions. Being here, seeing the film and talking to like–minded people inspired me to make a change.

Whilst the film examined ideas of ‘divesting’ and asking your college/church/bank about its investments, were they linked to oil companies, or fossil fuel destroying companies, and if so to move away from these investments. I wondered who or how I could ask about such things. I didn’t think I invested in oil companies. Do be honest I felt a little removed and powerless to affect things.

I asked my neighbour, and fellow gardener at the Community Garden, what real change we could affect on a small, local, individual family level.

“Well” he quickly responded “Who do you bank with? Who supplies the energy to your home?”

Very good starting places. I don’t need to be part of an activist group to not give money to British Gas anymore! The following week, my husband and I looked into 100% renewable energy companies like Ecotricity and Good Energy.

They are out there, fully professional, friendly energy companies who are run by business people who don’t want to damage the earth, but make a successful passage, treading lightly and supplying energy to an electricity dependant society.

We decided to switch supplier and not only that. The film made me think about how the power of the pocket is really a very direct way to approach positive change ‘Voting with your pocket’. It’s the language all the oil companies understand, indeed the only language.

We had a ‘solar project’ written on our vision board for 2013 and the impetus was finally here. I came across a marketing card in the garden centre which led to a sales man calling from The Big Green company and measuring our home up. A week later we have 10 solar panels on the roof. The 2.5kw power station, our very own, will be used by us, for free, during the day, and excess sent back to (sold back to I may add with the Feed In Tariff government initiative) a 100% renewable energy company.

panelsIt feels good. I feel connected to my values in doing this.

So moving from the vast opening statement about a small group of people changing the world, I will end on the note form Mother Teresa:

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. The ocean is made of many drops.”

 

Sunday 24th March: 7.30pm: Film Showing: Chasing Ice

chasingiceArctic sea ice is the climate’s version of the canary in the coalmine. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, James Balog finds himself battling untested technology in subzero conditions and coming face-to-face with his own mortality. It takes years for him to see the fruits of his labour, but the results speak for themselves.

Harrowing yet incredibly beautiful, this documentary dramatically presses the case for action on climate change. The film has won 23 awards at film festivals around the world, including the Sundance film Festival

You can watch the trailer at http://www.chasingice.com/see-the-film/trailer

As usual, the film 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.

Happy New Year & January Film Showing

Ealing Transition wish you a very happy New Year.

2013 begins on a sobering note as bush fires rage during record temperatures in Australia, and the US National Climate Assessment reveals the profound effect that climate change is already having on the lives of American citizens. The authors of the report have not flinched from naming the culprit: “Global warming is due primarily to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels,” they state. The need for practical, local action continues to exercise our minds.

Sunday 27th January 7.30pm: Film Showing: A Farm for the Future

With the above in mind, we have decided to re-show this inspiring film about film maker Rebecca Hosking’s exploration of the challenges faced by modern farming.

A Farm for the Future_cows

With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon to become the next generation to farm the land. However she is alarmed by how energy-intensive farming is, and realizes that a new way of working may be necessary

With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, she explores ways of farming without high inputs of fossil fuel. In the process, she learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy, low carbon future.

As usual, the film 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. As usual 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.