This is a story about a plot to trash the planet and the global movement rising-up to stop it!
Three years ago Wimborne based Ecotainment! with some financial support from Bournemouth University took the Plastic Oceans documentary feature film on a tour of Dorset. What was originally intended to be a one-off event ‘snowballed’ into a tour covering all points of the County’s compass. After 15 venues, 27 groups and 600+ audience later the screenings had managed to link-up, inspire, inform and educate people from all walks of life. See www.waveofchange.uk/links
Last year saw a similar formidable network of individuals and organisations come together to host the European Premiere and tour of the film Rubber Jellyfish. Performing out-of-this-world outreach to teach children and adults the dangers of balloon releases ‘balloons blow don’t let them go’!
Now, during the lock-down we are planning something even bigger with a new feature-film called The Story of Plastic.
As you know, COVID-19 has impacted in-person events taking place this spring. However, we have found a virtual solution. In this unprecedented moment, it’s critical to ensure the voices of activists and communities are heard to stand up to big oil and businesses perpetuating the plastic crisis. Stories and film have a unique ability to bridge divides and bring us together as part of something larger than ourselves –to connect us and create empathy during perilous times. The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it.
In recognition of our previous excellent work Jo Ruxton of Plastic Oceans UK is supporting our efforts and will take part in an online Q&A at 9 pm on May 23rd. Alongside Jo will be Dr Martin Price a spokesperson for Friends of the Earth (Dorset). We are still actively seeking Event Partners, (including you) to help share the screenings on social-media and to participate in the events either as a panelist or in the audience. Please share the screenings across your networks and sign-up to one of these special online events NOW. To watch The Story of Plastics for FREE and help keep this plastic-free community alive in the face of adversity.
Once you’ve registered via Eventbrite you will receive an email which contains links to your screening, literature and instructions for joining the video conference Q&A. Including ways to join the global movement to ban plastics for good #BreakFreeFromPlastics
Thank you. We all greatly appreciate your help – and think you’ll love The Story of Plastic.
You are invited to attend and share both events:
Watch List Party: The Story of Plastic [95 minutes]
Film is available NOW until May 24th
Video Conference/ Q&A /Discussion – Saturday May 23rd 9pm BST
Special Guest Speakers and Panelists
Jo Ruxton of Plastic Oceans UK
Dr Martin Price spokesperson Friends of the Earth (Dorset)
Lee Hadaway of Ecotainment!
World Environment Day: The Story of Plastic [95 minutes]
Film is available SOON until June 6th
Video Conference/ Q&A /Discussion – Friday June 5thrd 9pm BST
Special Guest Speakers and Panelists
Please do not hesitate to contact Lee Hadaway of Ecotainment! for these or for any other opportunities for development in your community. We are here to help and support each other through this time of crisis. firstname.lastname@example.org 07789865934 thanx
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press-release and graphics by Ecotainment! for Extinction Rebellion Wimborne
There’s now no doubt the climate has changed, we are entering a period of extreme weather and uncertainty. After the hottest June ever recorded wild-fires are raging across the globe from the Amazon to the Arctic where sea-ice is also disappearing at alarming rates*. The evidence suggests that this change is only just the beginning.
As species struggle to adapt the resultant bio-diversity loss leads to extinction. The United Nations is warning of food shortages (100 harvests) and societal collapse so how come this is not being pushed up the political agenda? Whilst our government seems paralysed by Brexit concerned citizens, including school children are self-organising to highlight concerns and find possible solutions.
Movements such as Fridays for the Future and Extinction Rebellion are asking for wholesale system change NOW to prepare us for what lies ahead. It seems that the current political and economic models have failed the Earth and it’s inhabitants by polluting our land, oceans and air. In short we have to act-now or face leaving a toxic inhospitable planet for future generations.
Two thirds of Britons agree the planet is in a state of Climate Emergency ** including the new Dorset Council and Corfe Mullen parish council. Join us on the 12th September to find-out how this strategy is working and what comes next. We have to keep the pressure on our local institutions whilst continuing to join-up actions across the globe. There is very little time left to make meaningful change we have to Act Now.
Special guest XR speaker from 7pm to tell us all we need to know about the International Rebellion on 7 October and the part we can play
People’s Assembly Have your say!
Inspiration Session – building on the moving testaments of rebels at the general meeting at Gaunt’s House back in June. An opportunity to share your hopes and fears for the future.
XRW General Meeting – reports from working groups
Eco Stalls & Campaigns
Little Fox Vegan Bakers
DJ Dapper Dan
Arts & Crafts
Please share the event with your friends and family
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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.
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