Film showing – TAWAI

Hunter-gatherers stalk their prey in a rainforest, acutely attuned to their surroundings, perceiving every sight, every sound. The film TAWAI contrasts the intense interconnectedness of tribal cultures with our own experience of living in urban environments. Here our sensory input is on overload, and we are forced to limit the amount we take in, habitually deadening ourselves to what is happening around us.

The question of interconnectedness is at the heart of this stunningly beautiful documentary from well-known BBC TV presenter and explorer Bruce Parry, who revisits tribes in Borneo and the Amazon to describe the changing lives of the people there.

After the film join Herefordshire Green Network for a discussion. Cecibel Egan of the Pachamama project joins us along with other expert voices from rural Herefordshire. Listening to ‘the voices from the forest’ we will be considering our own quests for reconnection in the context of such a rapidly changing world.

 

Film showing at Monday 9thJuly, 8pm at The Courtyard, Hereford. Followed by a discussion in the bar.

Hereford’s Street Wisdom..

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) aims to enrich society through ideas and action. They believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment.

Join RSA for a Street Wisdom event in Hereford this July.

Following the success of RSA’s pilot Street Wisdom event as part of the World Wide Wander last year, RSA Hereford will be running a Saturday Street Wisdom walk in the town in July.

Click here for more details.

This and other local events are all on our HGN events calendar. Check in on whats coming up, or send along your own events to add to the list.

PACHAMAMA in Herefordshire

PACHAMAMA ⌘ EARTH MOTHER EVENINGS:

In November 2018 four travelling sisters will be making their Pachamama ⌘ Earth Mother Prayer Journey to the Bolivian Andes. This is envisioned as a symbolic affirmation at this time of tumult, a remembering of kindness and wild tenacious hope in empowering our custodianship of the earth, and a carrying of threads to add to the ongoing work of womankind in strengthening connections between our ancient lands, our diverse cultures and our resilient, brilliant spirits.

They would like to invite you to be woven into the cloth of this journey… They have already hosted two Pachamama evenings during the winter to raise energy for this project and to gather your prayers and blessings to carry to Bolivian sisters; they will be sharing at third Pachamama evening on the edge of Herefordshire in Hay-on-Wye this spring.

They will offer music, songs, stories, mountain dances, rituals, traditional Andean food and drink plus their own craft works. They will share words from the Bolivian Pachamama Law and teach you to sing to Mother Earth in Quechua.

Together we will weave a cloth that catches our collective vision for this world.

 

APRIL 28 Saturday

HAY‐ON‐WYE, Brilley Village Hall,7pm‐10pm, everyone welcome

For more information or to reserve your place please contact Naomi:

naomiocean88@gmail.com

 

For each evening drinks and vegetarian Andean supper are included, cakes available to buy.No tickets in advance but please reserve your place by email as these will be popular evenings and the venues are intimate! Bring a drum if you have one; bring your dancing feet.

Ticket price: £15 (£10 for benefits/low income), cash on the door.

With thanks and welcome from Carolyn Hillier, Cecibel Egan, Jilly Dowse and Naomi Ocean

International Women’s Day

New Leaf creative Jaime Jackson and fellow artist Maidred McVeigh have a residency in the Gallery at De Koffie Pot and at the Herefordshire Archive & Record Centre (HARC). Together with the work of 100 young people from Worcestershire and Herefordshire they are celebrating the women’s suffrage movement and WW1 lumber-jills.

Make Herefordshire Fossil Free!

Divestment Training Workshop

Join the fight to free the UK from its harmful investments and relationships with fossil fuel companies!

In April we are co-hosting the Herefordshire Green Network Gathering with the inspirational Divest Cymru.

This free training event is our opportunity to learn how to lobby our MP, Councillor, faith institution or university on climate change. We’ll be learning and putting into practice the best techniques, tricks and strategies to convince Bill Wiggin MP and Jesse Norman MP to divest their pension fund from fossil fuels and get behind a clean energy future.

Join an interactive training event that seeks to inspire locals around Herefordshire, supporting those campaigning for a fossil-free future and encouraging others to join or help start a local divestment group in your area.

To date, over 140 former and current MPs have backed the Divest Parliament campaign – including leaders of the Labour Party, Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party.

Help us add Herefordshire to the list!

 

When: Wednesday 18th April, 7.30pm

Where: The Garden Room, Left Bank Village, Bridge Street, Hereford.

 

Any questions about the event, please email divestparliament@gmail.com

If you can’t make the event, you can still write to your MP using this tool (please personalise your email as much as possible): https://gofossilfree.org/uk/divest-parliament/#ask

For more info on the campaign, please check out: www.divestparliament.org. For more information on divestment visit: www.gofossilfree.org/uk/

To The Ends of the Earth

Thanks to all of you who came along to the HGN film showing at The Courtyard on Thursday night – and especially those who stayed and contributed to a very interesting discussion afterwards.

It seems the film offered a thought provoking but only fleetingly uplifting view of the challenges we face. We currently have the extraordinary opportunity to “change by design or change by disaster” .. how will we use it?

In recognition that we need new stories to help us bridge the gulf between here and ‘de-growth’ our discussions explored the successes of the Island of Lewis, and the potential for more community energy in Herefordshire.

Toni Fagan highlighted the need to safeguard and retrofit local community assets such as our village halls and churches, and Gordon Coppock mentioned a couple of potential funders for these local projects – the M&S Energy Fund and Power to Change funding, both of which are currently closed for applications but there is lots of useful advice for communities here.

We also discussed possible help with neighbourhood plans to address issues with footpath and cycleways in our towns and villages, and Wendy Cotton mentioned that CSE in Bristol are currently able to offer support and advice to communities. Click here for more information.

Our next HGN film showing at The Courtyard on 12th April at 8pm will be An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power …another “necessary essay from the sharp end of the global warming crisis”…

In the meantime lets keep developing our new stories of hope and change at the muddy green grassroots of Herefordshire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the Wreckage

For those of you with an hour to spare and in need of some thought provocation – click here for a Gaia Foundation talk given by George Monbiot illuminating the fundamental role community has to play in creating a ‘politics of belonging’ that helps us, and Nature, to thrive.

“George provides a thrilling and positive vision, and the hope and clarity required to change the world.”

Click here for more about the Gaia Foundation.

 

STOP PRESS! Join a showing of this short film followed by a discussion about how we find a “restoration story” for the 21st century to generate real change. De Koffie Pot, Wednesday 30th January at 7.30pm, hosted by Herefordshire Green Party.

Aspirations, fears and sheer gut instinct…

a photo of hiking boots

An interesting series of blog posts on the Transition Network website is exploring the ways we communicate about climate change:

“A relentless focus on the science of climate change has swamped the climate and energy discourse, displacing other equally important dimensions of the issue: economics, culture and psychological or social dynamics. And it has proved a stilted vocabulary with which to describe and discuss the issue that will define the twenty-first century” (Corner and Clarke, ‘Talking Climate’, 2017).

And the alternatives…?

According to author Kate Heath “… everyone who is talking about talking about climate recommends, fundamentally, taking a values-up approach – finding common ground in deep values common to us all, and working upwards from there…”

Read the whole blog post here. 

To the Ends of the Earth

Antidote your anger about Donald Trump’s ‘scientifically ridiculous’ tweet inviting some “good ‘ole global warming” by joining an evening with Herefordshire Green Network and an award winning film narrated by British national treasure, Emma Thompson.

To the Ends of the Earth follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads – the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada’s high arctic who fears animal damage at the hands of seismic testing, the environmental lawyer visiting energy production zones, and the river conservationist in Utah, fighting to protect the river from oil shale projects.

To the Ends of the Earth brings forward the voices of those who not only denounce the rise of extreme energy, but also envision the new world that is taking shape in its stead: a future beyond the resource pyramid, a post-growth economy.

After the film members of Herefordshire Green Network will host a discussion exploring our own local futures. What is beyond exponential growth – and what would our world really look like if it wasn’t dominated by the current global hierarchy

 

“Wonderfully in touch with this historical moment.” Mark Achbar, The Corporation.

 

Thursday 25th January, 6pm – 8pm at The Courtyard, Hereford.

 

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