Tag Archives: Climate Change

Amelia’s Magazine: “Did PC Mark ‘Flash’ Kennedy ensure my arrest as one of the Ratcliffe 114 ?”

11 Jan

Just a quick one, about the trial of the six environmental activists accused of planning to shut down Britain’s second biggest power station, Ratcliffe-on-Soar.  As was widely reported today, the trial fell through because evidence for the prosecution came from an undercover police officer who had been working with the activists. There seemed to be an unwillingness to disclose any further details about his involvement, which would have been necessary for a fair trial.

Via a random tweet I found out Amelia Gregory, who I interned for at Amelia’s Magazine last year, was one of the 114 people who were pre-emptively arrested in the police raid on the school where the group (including Mark Kennedy) had gathered ahead of the action on 13th April 2009.  This is thought to have been one of the biggest pre-emptive arrests in UK history.

Her piece in Amelia’s Magazine is a personal account of the arrest, the events leading up to it, and her impressions of Mark Kennedy.  It’s definitely worth a read as a personal supplement to the numerous news stories and their latest developments.  It has some great illustrations too (especially the one by Victoria Archer).

Climate Chaos in the South – documentary review

17 Nov

Photo courtesy of Wereldmediatheek vzw, http://www.climatechaos.be

So we all know we’re meant to switch lights off, support wind power, reduce our carbon footprints, and be more environmentally aware in general.  But we’re not doing this to get thank you cards from polar bears or climate scientists.  So what are the actual human consequences of our effect on the climate and who is being affected the most right now? Climate Chaos in the South is a new documentary by Belgian filmmaker Geert De Belder, about the humanitarian impact of a problem that is too often made out to be an abstract scientific issue.

There are no polar bears or melting ice caps in sight, and there are no statistics and figures to impress us/confuse us and take attention away from the decidedly human story.  Climate Chaos in the South is essentially a 53-minute long collection of interviews with people from Burkina Faso, Togo, Ecuador and Bangladesh, describing how climate change has drastically altered their lives. Continue reading

Planeat – documentary film review

13 Nov

As a failed vegetarian and one-time vegan, I attended the premiere of Planeat, a new documentary by Shelley Lee Davies and Om Shlomi about the benefits of eating less meat, fully prepared for an hour long moral guilt trip…how wrong I was.

image: planeat.co

Through interviews with scientists, deeply passionate farmers and inspired chefs (and even cupcake makers) the film presents the global, environmental, health and culinary benefits of eating less animal protein.  Never once did it feel like I was being told to give up meat, but it made me think twice about it in the way that no other film has done so far.

Offering no prescriptive or patronizing advice, the film rejects shock tactics, guilt and moral arguments to take viewers on an informative, inspiring and very human journey.  Beware the trailer on the website though, it really over-dramatises the film. Continue reading