Why We Show Eco Films

The Challenge

Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York analysed data collected from 6,300 meteorological stations around the world, ship and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature and from Antarctic research stations too. Then they rocked the world by announcing that September 2016 had been the warmest September in 136 years of modern record-keeping.

You might have thought this occurrence would have galvanised governments everywhere, springing them into immediate action as they endeavoured to prevent the problem from getting any worse.

The political reality has been disappointing thus far, however, environmental NGOs like ours have been working tirelessly to raise public awareness about the countless ways people can help the planet.

Our Solution

We believe that education is everything and thankfully, there are a reliable handful of ethical and environmentally focused documentary makers, helping us avert further climate chaos; we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to show the world their wheels and get everyone talking!

We arrange community screenings at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis and highlight some of the most worrying issues faced by humanity today. We select diverse titles that explore a variety of topics and the film is generally opened by a keynote speaker.

Everyone is welcome to attend, the hall is warm and welcoming, has comfortable seats, a large screen, a powerful sound system, there’s ample parking, with easy access and great facilities for disabled visitors too.

Our Q&A panel take questions from the audience afterwards and we discuss the points that have been raised and explore ways to apply solutions on individual, local and global scales.

Local retailers of eco-goods and services are cordially invited to have a table in the hall showcasing their wares, for a donation.

The screenings are usually free and we always offer a range of delicious vegan, organic and Fairtrade refreshments and snacks to purchase, which make the event go with a good, green bang.

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One of the films we hope to show in the near future is, ‘Before The Flood‘, with the Academy Award winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio.

Some of  previous screenings have included ‘The Power Of Community’…

and ‘Gasland’.

Measuring the Impact

It’s incredibly difficult to weigh up precisely how effective a movie has been at evoking positive behaviour change, however :

  • Our post-event Q&A sessions are well attended and well contributed to – they frequently overrun
  • The hall is slow to clear after the event because people want to continue their discussions and network
  • Our mailing list always collects new signatures
  • Feedback is positive and people are keen to find out more about the next screening
  • Other community screenings have been organised by attendees on the back of our events
  • Other environmental groups have been founded after attendees have been to our events
  • A recent screening alerted us to an application for an inappropriately sited gas fired power station in a very small neighbouring village. We coordinated a serious media campaign which resulted in the company withdrawing their application.

Our community events are welcoming, positive in tone, cohesive, fully inclusive and they exist to:

  • Engage all sectors of the local community, raise awareness, share knowledge and encourage discussion about world problems that affect us all
  • Confront issues of environmental concern taking place all over the planet and identify how they affect their local communities and ours too
  • Arrive at achievable solutions, both locally and globally

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