The Past Twelve Years pt 3 (BGG to XRW)

This is the final part in a crash-course of the Ecotainment! story so-far from 2007 – 2019

2017 was the year of Ocean Plastic end-of, a watershed moment for environmentalism. Never before had a green issue gained so much traction and captured the public interest as much.

I was extremely lucky to be at a January ‘preview’ of A Plastic Ocean documentary feature-film in a Bournemouth school. I say preview because it was only a day before the official film launch and one of the ‘crew’ was there. It turns out one of the film-makers (scientific adviser perhaps) had been on a diving holiday, met one of the parents and that had led to the film-screening I attended.

I was eager to repeat the success of the previous Shelley Theatre ‘Green Screen’ events BUT after two virtual sell-outs it was clear we were going to have to find a larger venue. I opted for a local high school in Wimborne, Dorset where they can seat 300. Once again it was another gamble but I am glad to say it paid-off. 180 people attended the Plastic Ocean event in May 2017 including 30 volunteers from various campaigns across the region.

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With the financial support of Bournemouth University and others (see Wave of Change UK Supporters) we continued to show the APO film all over Dorset 15+ times to over 600 people (2017/18). What I learned from ‘touring’ that film is that Wimborne, Dorset really does have an appetite for eco-stuff and arguably the best facilities in the region.

This is why I was eager to attend the Extinction Rebellion talk there ‘Heading for Extinction’ in May 2019. I was impressed to see 150+ people turn-out for that event and immediately signed myself-up for future Extinction Rebellion Wimborne actions (XRW).

This brief-history series of posts is dedicated to my daughter who started school today aged four. For J love from daddy x x

Go to Part One or Part Two

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