It's a Monday morning, perfect time to get the week off to a positive start.
Some local Bristol guys who are always doing positive work are the folks who run 'Be That Change'. "We are you. We're not big business, big religion or big charity. We’re just a small group of individuals as concerned as you about our future - things aren't making much sense any more."
That small group of individuals is calling for a modern day twist on direct action to ask the main UK political parties to commit to 42% carbon cuts.
If you think that protest marches don't cut it anymore, be one of millions to get the attention of MPs. Get invovled by texting WAKEUP to 82222 followed by name and postcode. Then Walk Out on Climate Change Day on April 26th. (see website details)
Get involved in the twitterstorm. Don't wait around for others to do it for you, be the change you want to see.
So tonight we have a Wee Do talk with Tom and Lara who wrote the blog World in Slow Motion, at the Carnaby store. We still have a few free tickets left, so get in touch if you'd like to come along...should be a really great evening.
On a similar note...
A guy I know (Rowan) and his friend Billy are going to be travelling to Cairo using only overground travel. The purpose of the trip- Rowan (a.k.a. Dizraeli) is an award winning rapper, who has been given an opportunity to perform Rebel Cell in Egypt. He is an environmental activist and has vowed to never fly again....hence the trip...oh and his friend Billy is a documentary film maker who is going to accompany him. They have built a website from which they will broadcast their journey as a daily blog, weekly video diary and finally documentary film.;feature=player_embedded#[/youtube]
So I was asked to help them promote it- if you can help to finance their trip in any way (they are having a fundraiser in Dalston, London on Wednesday night), follow their travels and most importantly take inspiration from how they are choosing to explore other coutries. They really want to illustrate how easy train travel is in the hopes to make a positive impact.
So check out their website http://www.unplaned.com/
On my lunch breaks I really enjoy trawling through the internet to find what random events are going on in London.
Well today I stumbled across this film festival Birds Eye View- celebrating women filmmakers. It's on at the BFI Southbank from the 4th- 12th March. (tickets are on sale through their website)
They have some amazing UK film premieres, that even if you cannot make it to the event are well worth a look. I particuarly want to watch Amreeka- the story of a mother and son immigrating to the US in a post 9/11 world. This film was written and directed by Cherien Dabis, Palistinian herself but brought up in the States. Should be really thought provoking!
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here's a taster of the Shared Interest lecture we had at the shop last week, there was some very interesting stuff about how a Fairtrade Co-operative really works.
information about our next talk will be up here shortly!
Shared Interest is a co-operative lending society that aims to reduce poverty in the world by providing fair and just financial services. We have been part of the fair trade movement for 20 years and work extensively with community-based businesses in Africa and other continents to help them make the most of fair trade.
We work primarily by providing finance up front to producers, often via their buyers, to enable them to buy raw materials, tools and the other things they need at the time they need them. We also offer longer term loans and other credit facilities to support the development of fair trade businesses.
We currently have more than 8,700 members who have invested over £25 million to allow us to make a range of financial services available to fair trade producers and the businesses that buy, market and retail their goods.
There's plenty more info here on the Shared Interest website.
It is taking place on Tuesday, 26th January at 7:30pm here at the Carnaby Street shop, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a ring on 0207 287 2345 and reserve your tickets. As always we will have Organic Beer and Fruit Juice available, and we look forward to seeing you all!
We just mailed out our latest newsletter and this Do Letures talk by Michael Pawlin was one of the features on it. If you don't subscribe then I didn't want you to miss out on it.
When Jon Heslop was lucky enough to go to this years Do Lectures. The talk he came back talking about the most was Michael's. This is what he said:
“He’s an architect who is well into Biomimicry. He’s part of a project named the ‘Sahara Rainforest Project’ who's ultimate aim is to reforest the Sahara by building greenhouses that produce water by capturing it from the air. It’s total genius.”
I don't know about you, but all the complicated talk about climate change and it's potentially terrifying consequences is a bit overwhelming and gets my mind in a pickle.
To remedy this I went to a lecture by Stewart Brand and Brian Eno as part of Bristol's fabulous 'Festival of Ideas.' Stewart Brand has been at the forfront of Environmentalism since the 60's in America. He says that he wants to foster an 'un-idealistic, practical view about how to get things done'. He was the guy who got NASA to first publish images of Earth from the Apollo Space missions which changed our view of our planet forever. And for the computer nerds, you might like to know that he was there at the inception of the internet, developing a way of linking environmentalists via a system called 'The Wall'. He has faith in human beings to do the right thing when given the opportunities and feels that the appropriate tools are key to this. He optimistically believes that we can create a world we believe in.
Watch his video on TED to judge for yourself. I learnt much from the talk I went, and I would like to share with you the information that is still ringing loud in my ears now, how does this information sit with you?
1. How do we frame a problem in a way that it's solvable? (apparently engineers do this alot!)
2. Instead of refraining from things, we need to do more things.
3. There is a movement for 'open-source genetic engineering' so farmers everywhere can use it to modify their crops as they have done through breeding for generations. This could potentially stop world food sources being controlled by controversial giants such as Monsanto (one of the biggest fears of anti-GM campaigners). There is a book called 'Mendel in the Kitchen' by an American couple who write about combining the best of organic growing principles and GM technology.
4. He believes that there is currently a regular mis-use of the precautionary principle. Many things have un-intended consequences both positive and negative and it is best that we keep an eye out for both.
5. The new 3rd generation of nuclear power generators have the options to be small modular reactors, that can de-centralize power supplies, even a floating barge in Russia. Uranium supplies are from stable countries such as Australia and Canada. Third generation reactors can use the waste from first and second generation as fuel. Amusingly, 10% of America's nuclear fuel comes from old soviet weapons, how's that for recycling?! New methods of uranium processing are being developed to prevent any waste from the process being used in weapons.
He didn't have time to talk much about his positive views on mass migration into cities and population growth, which is a shame.
If you went to the talk or have heard him in his video, let me (Amy) know what you think? He made me question my opinions, has he done the same for you?
We still have tickets for tomorrow night's Wee Do with Good Energy.
It should be a really topical talk from Hugo House.
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Clean energy, renewable energy, green energy, ethical energy… Good Energy.
If you would like a free ticket to this event please email us (email@example.com) or call us (0207 287 2345). But hurry!
As always we will have free Organic beers and Juices available. Doors open at 7:15pm and remember spaces are limited so get in touch quickly. See you there!