Do The Math

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/

Film Showing: Do The Math

On 14th July we will be showing ‘Do the Math’, a film about the rising movement to solve the climate crisis.  

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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.

Help Needed for Family Re-Skilling Day 2013

We are running our third annual Family Re-skilling Day on Saturday 19th October, from 1.30-6pm.

EntranceAs usual the event will be held in the Polygon, St. Mary’s Church. Previous events have proved very popular, with a focus on learning – or re-learning – skills, getting to know other people and families in the local community, with food, drink and music at the end of the afternoon. Our blog gives you a flavour of Family Re-skilling Day 2012. Last year over a hundred people came through the door, so it really is an exciting and fun day.

ADDITIONAL PLANNING GROUP MEMBERS NEEDED NOW!

Right now we are looking for some help in organizing the day. If you have organizational and practical skills – or merely boundless enthusiasm – and would like to join some of us to help get the day off the ground, then please contact the Steering Group steering@ealingtransition.org.uk The next meeting of the planning group is on Thursday 13 June at 7.45pm.

DO YOU HAVE A SKILL YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

We would also be interested in hearing from anyone who can offer a workshop for an hour or more through the afternoon. Some workshop facilitators from last year have already agreed to run another one this year.

BikesIn the past we have had sessions on learning to knit, sewing, make do and mend, bee-keeping, cider-making, creating and using a pizza oven and rocket stove, animal husbandry including keeping pigs and chickens, bicycle maintenance, foraging and making bread, pizza, cakes, jams and chutneys (and a whole lot more).

We have had interest in workshops on the following new topics:

  • Basket weaving
  • Winter gardening
  • Cheese-making
  • Natural cleaning products
  • Holistic health treatments (eg massage, natural cosmetic products)
  • Tai chi, yoga, pilates

Reskilling 2011 BakingAll topics will be considered, as long as they help people achieve a more self-reliant, less resource intensive lifestyle, or help to build community.

If you have taken part in the past and would like to again, or if you have a new skill or interest to offer, or can sing or play music for entertainment, please get in touch via steering@ealingtransition.org.uk

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