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Taunton showing of acclaimed film Domain

7.30pm  FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017

TAUNTON QUAKER MEETING HOUSE

13 Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP

“Tomorrow” (known as “Demain” in France) tells the story of its co-producers, Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurant and their search for solutions to the crisis humanity faces.  It has been watched by over 1.5 million people, won Best Documentary at the Cesar Awards (the French Oscars), been shown to communities, schools, at the United Nations, the European Parliament, in board rooms and local governments.

It is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education.  It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects.  It has been a huge boost to community-led projects, and is currently on release in 29 other countries, leading to the formation of many new community projects.  It is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency.

Tea will be available before the film, and there will be a short debate after the film, which lasts about 2 hours.

There will be an entry fee of £3 to cover costs.

Event arranged by Taunton Transition Town

 

‘Before the Flood’ film showing on 30th January

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Before the Flood – a Leo Di Caprio film about the climate crisis.  

At The Friends Quaker Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton: Monday 30th January (7.30pm)

This is highly recommended viewing for all who are concerned about the climate crisis and the perennial issue of how to widen public engagement.  Di Caprio talks with Barack Obama, climate scientists and others in the field.  He is confronted with the view that it all hinges on whether the rich world can curb its consumption. 

There is much we can learn from the film – all the more so, knowing now that it did not have the intended effect on the USA election and that climate denialism is part of the new administration’s policy. 

There will be time after the screening to discuss what we all think and feel about this production and about climate communication in a world of anti-science, post truth politics.  This is an opportunity for us to do some thinking about our options, following a year in which reason, responsibility and care for the future lost a lot of ground.  

This event has been arranged by Taunton Transition Town, Transition Athelney, Wivy Climate Action, Transition Wellington

Admission is free, but we will ask for a small donation to allow us to cover our costs.

 

Film: Disobedience on 22nd September

Transition Athelney presents:
D I S O B E D I E N C E

disobedience-frontThe role of people power in the struggle to build a sustainable future

A 40 minute film, followed by refreshments and discussion.

The film has relevance to anyone who is engaged with the climate issue. It chronicles several successful efforts to disrupt fossil fuel operations and to raise the profile of the climate movement in the public mind. It also contains some penetrating insights (eg from Ricken Patel of Avaaz) about the opposing forces in this issue and why determined grass roots action is imperative in pursuit of change at a government level. This of course reflects the fact that few major reforms in history have been accomplished without a degree of civil disobedience.

The film throws up a host of issues and questions, including public perception of the Green movement. We are at a fascinating as well as dangerous juncture. One of the huge positives is that, with the solar revolution gathering pace, it is getting harder to dismiss Greens as wanting to drag society back to the stone age. This has been a source of fear in people’s minds as well as a cynical political tactic.

You can watch the trailer at:

http://watchdisobedience.com/trailer/

The Williams Hall Stoke St Gregory

Thursday 22nd September 2016

Doors open 7.30pm
Free entry; donations welcome

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Enquiries: adrian@azhobdens.co.uk

‘Protecting our future’ talk 18 July

A talk by Professor Tim Lenton, University of Exeter. Tim Lenton is Professor of Earth System Science and Climate Change. His illustrated talk will cover targets agreed at the 2015 United Nations Summit; climate tipping points; what will happen if warming keeps increasing and how this will affect us all; as well as actions being taken and still needed.

ALL WELCOME – your chance to hear from a top expert speaker Monday, 18th July 2016 Kingsmead School, South St, Wiveliscombe TA4 2NE 7.30pm start with doors open 7pm £2 on door (free for school pupils).

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Professor Tim Lenton, University of Exeter

http://www.wiveyaction.org.uk

Climate Talk Flyer [134065]

 

This Changes Everything – documentary showing – Sun 6th Dec

If you did not see the showing of ‘This Changes Everything’  in Wiveliscombe last week, Wedmore Green Group will be showing the documentary on Sunday.

Sunday Dec 6th in Wedmore Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Watch the trailer at http://thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/?yt=true

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Naomi Klein and crew in New York: DP Mark Ó Fearghaíl, Director Avi Lewis, Sound Daniel Hewett © Ed Kashi

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Over the course of 90 minutes, viewers will meet…

Crystal, a young indigenous leader in Tar Sands country, as she fights for access to a restricted military base in search of answers about an environmental disaster in progress.

Mike and Alexis, a Montana goat ranching couple who see their dreams coated in oil from a broken pipeline. They respond by organizing against fossil fuel extraction in their beloved Powder River Basin, and forming a new alliance with the Northern Cheyenne tribe to bring solar power to the nearby reservation.

Melachrini, a housewife in Northern Greece where economic crisis is being used to justify mining and drilling projects that threaten the mountains, seas, and tourism economy. Against the backdrop of Greece in crisis, a powerful social movement rises.

Jyothi, a matriarch in Andhra Pradesh, India who sings sweetly and battles fiercely along with her fellow villagers, fighting a proposed coal-fired power plant that will destroy a life-giving wetland. In the course of this struggle, they help ignite a nationwide movement.

The extraordinary detail and richness of the cinematography in This Changes Everythingprovides an epic canvas for this exploration of the greatest challenge of our time. Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the centre of it all.

March against coal-fired power plant in Sompeta, India. Still from “This Changes Everything

Bristol Climate Change March

The American poet Gil Scott Heron once said ‘If you don’t fight for something you’ll go for anything.’  And some things you do need to fight for with every fibre of your body; sometimes you need to get out on the street and protest.  That is what  about 3,000 people did in Bristol this Sunday in the rain and the howling wind…. yeah, they were that passionate.

What was it all about then?

Yesterday talks in Paris started to discuss climate change and what action needed to be taken to combat runaway climate change… that is trying to stop global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C above pre-industrial temperatures.  When the earth warms about 2°C above pre-industrial times, scientists say there will be dangerous and unpredictable impacts on our climate system. And we’re already half way to that danger point.

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The Bristol march was one of many in 175 countries with more that 600,000 people taking part globally and calling for a strong deal in Paris for a swift transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

There does seem to be a greater urgency about these talks; a growing consensus that ‘something must be done’ but will that be enough to realise an effective agreement to limit carbon dioxide emissions?

Well if the politicians cannot do it maybe the grassroots organisations can and taking matters into their own hands.  Transition is one of those organisations building just and sustainable communities that serve the real needs of everyone.

Follow the transition network at the Paris climate change talks…https://www.transitionnetwork.org/cop21  and find out more pratical transition solutions at https://cop21.transitionnetwork.org/

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Climate Change March – Sunday 29th Nov

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On Monday 30 November 2015, the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21 Paris) made up of 196 countries will be meeting to discuss climate change

http://www.un.org/climatechange/blog/category/cop21-paris/

The day before COP21 starts, there are going to be rallies around the world, highlighting the importance of stopping climate change.

Taunton Transition Town will be joining the marchers in Bristol…

There is a 10.50 train from Taunton Station that arrives at Bristol Temple Meads at 11.24.  From Temple Meads we have a 14 minute walk to Castle Park where the march starts.

The march will start at 12 midday from Castle Park, finishing at College Green for a rally beginning at 13:00 with inspirational speakers (to be revealed nearer the time!), live music and loads more!

This is the Facebook Page for the Bristol event

https://www.facebook.com/events/1720715738152151/

As world leaders prepare for the Paris Climate Summit in November, people from all over the world will unite in a Global Climate March to send a strong message to politicians that this time we want action, not just words.

ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE: We want urgent, legally binding action from world leaders at the UN COP21 in Paris in December: legally binding emissions reductions targets. So far, after 20 years of meetings, the only thing they have agreed is that we don’t want global warming to exceed 2degrees.

JUSTICE: We want rich nations (who are responsible for the majority of global warming we have seen so far) to help out poorer nations in making the switch to becoming zero carbon.

JOBS: We want out own government to invest in the renewable energy sector, to create jobs.

This is the world we want. Let’s make it happen.

As Bristol is European Green Capital this year, it’s the perfect chance for the people of Bristol to come together and show the world why we were chosen.

The march will start at 12 midday from Castle Park, finishing at College Green for a rally beginning at 13:00 with inspirational speakers (to be revealed nearer the time!), live music and loads more!

There is also a march organised in London

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On 29 November, a huge protest will be taking place in London on the eve of the crucial Paris climate talks, which will take place from the 30th November to the 12th December.

Join the Facebook event

Around the world, in major cities, people will be coming together to demand that our governments take action to save our beautiful planet. Across the UK, people will be working together to make this the biggest, most poignant demonstration yet, and our unified voice will resonate from London across the globe to call for real action on climate change.

Join us – let’s show international solidarity in the fight for climate justice!

 

Talk on Climate Change and Migration – Thu 19th Nov

Transition Athelney will be holding their AGM on Thursday 19 November at 7.30 pm at the village hall in Stoke St Gregory.

The meeting will be followed by light refreshments and a talk on climate change and migration (details below), which promises to be very interesting. I

If you just want to come to the talk, it will be starting at 8.15 pm.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND MIGRATION

Transition Athelney is pleased to announce that our guest speaker following this year’s AGM on Thursday 19 November will be Alex Randall, Project Manager of the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition. Alex is one of the very few people in this country who specialises in the relationship between climate change and human migration.

Alex Randall

The current refugee crisis has been at the forefront of our news recently. A number of influential voices, including USA Secretary of State John Kerry, Jean-Claude Juncker (European Commission President) and Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO have warned us recently not to ignore the link between climate change and population upheavals. But to assume a simple cause-and-effect relationship between the two things would be as unwise as to dismiss it out of hand.

Alex, who works for the Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN) is unequivocal about the existence of man-made climate change. He is, however, equally clear that the majority of current climate-induced migration, whilst it involves considerable stress, suffering and danger, occurs over relatively short distances. The refugee crisis currently impinging on Europe has, he argues, mainly political roots and the climate factor is hard to pinpoint with confidence.

How the consequences of climate change play out in terms of human migration can be hard to analyse and predict. Alex Randall is well positioned to give us a sober, deeply-informed assessment of this key measure of life quality on planet Earth.

Don’t miss this important discussion – please put our 19 November (evening) meeting in your diary. The venue will be the Williams Hall, Stoke St Gregory. .

Divest in Fossil Fuels – Sign the Petition

Just in case you haven’t seen this petition started by Cllr Shane Collins, Leader of the Green Group on Mendip Council to get Somerset County Council to divest it’s pension fund from fossil fuels:

https://campaigns.gofossilfree.org/petitions/divest-somerset-county-council-pension-fund-from-fossil-fuels

The Aim:

• That Somerset County Council Pension Fund Committee immediately freezes any new investments in fossil fuels.

• That within 5 years Somerset CC Pension Fund Committee divests from direct ownership, co-mingled funds, public equities, and corporate bonds that include fossil fuels.

Why is this important?

Somerset – on the front line of climate change.
Climate Change has caused, and is predicted to cause, a much greater risk of flooding and extreme weather. After the devastating floods of the Somerset Levels in 2013 Somerset County Council saw the terrible impact of climate change first hand. The Council recognises the potential impacts of climate change yet its pension fund invests £121,505,000 in the very fossil fuel companies that are causing climate change ! Yes, 8.3% of the fund, the 10th highest % in the UK, invested in the problem !

We can’t afford to burn 80% of the world’s coal, oil and gas reserves if we want to keep climate change below the 2oC ‘tipping point’. As governments begin to regulate more closely (as we hope they will do more in Paris in December), policy changes and oversupply of crude oil globally will see the value of fossil fuels plummet, reserves will become ‘stranded assets’ and the share price will drop. This makes investing in fossil fuels increasingly risky for all stakeholders. Financial experts, including the Bank of England, Goldman Sachs, Standard and Poor’s and AXA, have warned of the economic risk that climate change policies pose to fossil fuel companies. Somerset County Council needs to be ahead of the curve to safeguard the future pensions of all its shareholders.

Somerset County Council recognises that it must do whatever it can to tackle climate change and it has a responsibility to divest from an industry that jeopardises the future of our planet. Yet the short term financial gain that the Pension Fund Committee hopes to achieve comes at the risk of financial loss and a cost to people and planet.
We hope Somerset County County Council pension trustees are aware of September’s UNEP Finance Initiative Report, Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – which concludes that:

“Failing to consider long-term investment value drivers, which include environmental, social and governance issues, in investment practice is a failure of fiduciary duty.”

Instead of fossil fuel investment, SCC Pension Fund Committee should invest in solutions to climate change, investments that protect pensions and planet, joining The British Medical Association, Bristol City Council and Oxford City Council who have all recently agreed to make the commitment to no direct investment in the fossil fuel industry. Globally Somerset County Council would join over 400 institutions and 2000 individuals with an asset base of $2.6 trillion who are already divesting across the world.
We note the Government’s current October proposals to ban Council divestment unless from an approved government list and we hope that the Committee has the courage to take action before the government dictates what investments should be made.

Please sign the petition and encourage others to do so.

Cowspiracy – Sat 14th Nov

“This shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.”

Taunton Vegans, Transition Town Wellington and Fairfoods proudly present a screening of the film:

Cowspiracy
+ meal (by Fairfoods)

Saturday 14 November 2015
The Moose Hall, Castle Street, Taunton, TA1 4AR (near the bus station)
Arrive at 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm.

Price £10 (before 2 November, £10.50 thereafter): includes main course vegan meal.

Tea/coffee/cold drinks and cakes available to purchase.

Tickets available from Fairfoods website: http://fairfoods.org.uk/events/cafe-night

Find out more about the movie at : http://www.cowspiracy.com/infographic

Help publicise and download the poster:

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