Do the Math film in Oxford – 24th Sept

There will be a FREE screening of the Do the Math film at the UPP on Cowley Road at 9pm on Tuesday 24th September to which everyone is welcome.

http://www.uppcinema.co.uk/index.php?/film/do_the_math/

The film, made by 350.org, is a compelling, fast-paced 42 minute documentary about the grassroots movement that is emerging to fight climate change and the fossil fuel industry. It is upbeat and inspiring, proposing powerful solutions and urging ordinary people towards organised action in the epic struggle of this century.

The screening will be followed by a discussion about ways to take action against climate change with invited speakers from exciting Oxford-based campaigns and groups including the UK Tar Sands Network, Global Power Shift and Climate Outreach and Information Network. I will be launching a campaign to persuade the local authority to pull investments out of fossil fuels (working along the lines of the divestment campaign that helped dismantle the apartheid regime in South Africa). I hope people will feel inspired to sign up to groups and join campaigns.

There is a facebook event here for those of you who enjoy that kind of thing: https://www.facebook.com/events/208575845978242/?context=create

The screening is organised by Al Chisholm and sponsored by the handmade cosmetics shop LUSH

HOME – a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photography is breathtaking and inspirational – his Earth from the Air exhibition has been round the world and always has at its core a goal of inspiring people to act on what they see. HOME is a film that brings his distinctive style of photography to the big screen. Exploring the miracle and mystery of the earth the film looks at the beauty of the earth and all its creatures… and follows the story of humans short presence on the earth, both our creative use and mindless destruction. Just like the photograph exhibition the film weaves history and facts through story with a back drop of amazing photography. The film producers say:

We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.

The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.

The film is 1 hour and 33 minutes long and available in full on YouTube for free. It is royalty-free and can be shown in public with no need for a license. It makes for a great  resource for groups to use and would work well being shown on a big screen in a community centre or church building as part of local projects and initiatives around environmental issues.

For more information visit: HOME Film website and the HOME YouTube Channel

Of Trees and Men

Looking for something shorter but along the same lines? Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s latest short film ‘Of Trees and Men’ was the official film for the launch of the International Year of Forests, 2011. You can view it and download it at www.offorestsandmen.org