29 June 2020 EVENT: THE CLIMATE RACE FILM

Join us on Monday 29 June 2020 at 7.30pm to 9.00pm for an on-line screening of the ClimateRaceFilm, a film discussing the challenges we face in the UK to transform our society and economy, and build a thriving carbon zero future for all.

As with our virtual event last month, if you would like to take part please email us at steering@ealingtransition.org.uk. This will help us gauge interest and means that we can send you a Zoom invitation for the event. During the meeting, we will watch the film together for 45 minutes, and have 45 minutes after for discussion.

The film is presented by Dr James Dyke of the University of Southampton and co-chair of Sustainability Science Southampton, and involves contributions from heavy-hitters such as Kate Raworth (author of Doughnut Economics and Senior Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute), and Paul Allen, principle investigator at Zero Carbon Britain.

The film highlights the urgency of our predicament, and notes that while we have the technology we need to thrive (the QE2 reservoir solar array and the Westmill Energy Farm Cooperative are inspiring examples), we cannot rely on technology alone to save us. Our current economic model, which demands growth at all costs, is not sustainable, and proposals to limit temperature rises to less than 2 degrees C under the Paris Convention already rely on technology not yet proven at scale.

However, there is hope, and the film stresses that in charting a safe path to the future our individual and collective actions are very much part of the solution. In Kate Raworth’s words, ‘the economy is constantly evolving, and we can all be like little butterflies that trigger off a bigger effect’ for the better. ‘We are not just consumers. We are citizens, neighbours, demonstrators, voters, and volunteers’, and can build up a critical mass for change.

The film and associated website showcase a number of things individuals can do to build up the necessary critical mass, and we hope that you will find them inspiring. “We have everything at our disposal. The question is do we have the will?”

11 May 2020 EVENT: THE FLIP

We will be on-line for our next event to discuss “The Flip”, a film that explores how we might move on from the shock of the Coronavirus Pandemic to develop a more resilient and sustainable society. We will be starting our online conversation about the film at 8.00pm on Monday 11 May 2020, and expect to finish around 8.45pm. Please note the different date and time!

If you would like to join us, please email steering@ealingtransition.org.uk. This will help us gauge interest and means that we can send you a Zoom invitation for the event. To participate, please watch The Flip in advance of the meeting, and be ready to share your thoughts on the night.

The Flip is produced by Spanner Films, the team that made Age of Stupid, and features George Monbiot, Caroline Lucas MP, and Faiza Shaheen. It is around 45 minutes long, and is available on You Tube here.

We are looking forward to seeing you on-line!

MAKING THE MOST OF BEING AT HOME

As events overtake us, we have been thinking about how we can respond positively to the lockdown, so that we come out of the other end stronger and more resilient. In a matter of days, many orthodoxies have been turned on their head, particularly the idea that the state is powerless, and that there is no money to make changes. Governments across the world have been willing to take dramatic action to tackle the virus, and we may hope that they show the same resolve with the long-term threat of climate change. The globalised system that allowed coronavirus to spread needs replacing with a kinder, more sustainable, more local way of living.

Here are some positive things we can do while we are in lockdown.

Embrace Active Travel

Walk or cycle whenever possible. The streets have never been emptier nor freer of pollution. Create the time to make short trips without the car. While you are out, listen to nature.

Cycling in London is very safe, and can greatly improve your fitness and wellbeing. London Cycling Campaign has excellent resources to help you return to the bicycle, including plenty of advice on how to make your riding technique better.

Grow Your Own Food

You would be amazed at what you can do with just a couple of square metres of garden or suitably placed window box. Runner beans and courgettes are easy to grow and will give you a great crop. Garden Organic is full of resources to help you get started, including a calendar of what you can be doing now.

Green Your Finances and Home

Change to a green energy supplier. Ask your pension provider if your pension is invested in fossil fuels and try to change to renewables. Research simple energy-saving upgrades to your home such as draughtproofing, insulation or solar panels so you are ready to go when the lockdown ends.

Ealing council offers a free Healthy Homes Ealing programme, which currently includes an energy advice and a Green Doctor telephone consultation service. The telephone consultation is an outbound service, so when a resident makes contact, they will speak to a booking administrator who will assess their interest and suitability for a telephone consultation.

Email HealthyHomesEaling@ealing.gov.uk, find the online referral form here or telephone 0800 0830 2265

Explore The Possibilities of New Connections

Many people have already reached out to neighbours. Why not use these new connections to organise collectively, on a street-by-street basis? Could every street recycle its own food waste, making useful compost? Could resources like tools, ladders or mowers be pooled? Could every street run a car pool or install a bike bunker? Could every street have its own ‘street warden’?

Imagine A Better Future

Catch up on some films and books about practical responses to the climate crisis, and discuss with your friends. Some of these are available free, some may cost a small fee.

Films

Books

  • On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein
  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
  • The Future We Choose by Christiana Figueres & Tom Rivett-Carnac


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