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Topical Talks that Don’t Cost the Earth
Earth Hour is now the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement creating massive impact around the globe. Each year, hundreds of millions of people organise events – at home, and in their community to show they care about the future of our planet.
Three interesting evenings have been arranged by Teign Estuary Transition to develop the Earth Hour Theme, following the Pedal and Pulse events on Saturday 24th March.
The venue is TAAG in Northumberland Place, Teignmouth, with a 7pm for 7.30pm start.
“Incredible Vegetables” is the title of the first talk on Monday 26th March. Mandy Barber is a perennial vegetable enthusiast, and she and her partner Julian Skinner run an organic nursery near Ashburton growing perennial vegetables and unusual edible plants. There will also be plants or seeds for sale.
“Mercury’s Rising! Weather we like it or not” follows on Tuesday evening 27th March, with speaker Dr Michelle McCrystal from the University of Exeter. She wants to talk about all things climate, how it has changed in our lifetime, and what we can actually do about it.
Ethical investing is the theme of the third evening on Thursday 29th March. Paul Pizzala’s background is investment with sustainability expertise, working for a variety of wealth management companies, most recently for WHEB Asset Management. Antony is our local environmental communicator, founder of CarbonSense and currently CEO of Real World Visuals, whose speciality is developing images and stories that make sense of the data collected about our world. Antony and Paul promise an interactive discussion on investing and their personal reflections.
TAAG is also hosting ‘Bikes’ An Exhibition of Art, reflecting this year’s Earth Hour theme in Teignmouth.
Suggested entry is £2 for each evening, to cover speakers’ and TAAG’s expenses.
More information – Mike Rickard 07877 797271
EXHIBITION ‘CRACK’ PRIVATE VIEWING AND WINE TASTING of Local Wines at TAAG
on Saturday 25th March at 7pm
Doors open at 6.30pm for Exhibition viewing
The theme of the Earth Hour exhibition is ‘Crack’ which evolved out of a discussion about cracking ice at the North Pole, cracking rock and went on to encompass cracks in society, boundaries, borders, migrations, refugees and beyond. The exhibition is a response to the theme from local artists in the context of a changing world both environmentally and socially. It is an exciting artistic expression of their thoughts and feelings in a range of artistic forms including poetry.
On the same evening we are lucky to have Kate and Andy Benham who founded South Devon Wine Tours to introduce us to our local vineyards and a selection of local wines. As a result of climate change and the temperate zone moving towards the poles, the wine industry is flourishing in the South of England. By contrast, in many parts of the world it is suffering great losses.
6.30 Doors open for exhibition viewing
7pm Introduction to local wines and wine tasting
8.30-9.30 Earth Hour. Lights out and poetry reading by candlelight.
9.30 Lights on – live music and continued exhibition viewing
Tea, Coffee and fruit juices available
Monday 27th March and Monday 3rd April
Make a mosaic with Michelle Greenwood – Brown inspired by cracks using hot, cold or earth colours and recycled tiles
Each workshop – £10.
All materials and equipment supplied.
Both workshops are recommended as 2nd week will be finishing and grouting. Beginners welcome but there is a minimum age of 8 and all children have to be accompanied by an adult. Coffee and Tea provided.
Booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 27th March 7.30pm: ‘Tomorrow’
At last – a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film!
At last a film offering solutions rather than just problems. From around the world it brings us the many creative solutions people are finding to meet the challenges we face in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education.
Tomorrow has been a huge phenomenon in France; launched in December 2015, it has been watched by over 1.5 million people and won Best Documentary at the Cesar Awards (the French Oscars). The film premiered in Paris during the COP21 climate talks and had its British premiere with simultaneous broadcasts in Totnes, Todmorden and Bristol on 24th January 2017.
Now it has come to Teignmouth as all good things must.
Don’t miss it.
Showing at 7.30 pm
Friday 31st March 7.30pm
Lions in the Landscape:
a talk by Dr Alayne Cotterill
Dr Alayne Cotterill is an ecologist working in Kenya to secure ways in which some of the last remaining large land predators, lions, can survive amidst an increasing human population.
Alayne founded Lion Landscapes which is ‘an independent lion conservation organisation, operating in Africa, that increases the capacity of local partners to secure viable populations of lions and other large carnivores. Lion Landscapes focuses on lion research, capacity building and innovation.’ www.lionlandscapes.org.
Alayne’s work brings her into constant contact with local people, both landowners and pastoral tribes as well as lions. Alayne has lived and worked in Kenya for the last 12 years; she and her family have recently bought a house in Teignmouth where she went to school as a child.
Saturday 1st April 10 -11am
Local energy talk and discussion
Feel we need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels?
Feel we need to take action locally?
Feel more could be done with community buildings?
Find out how a local Teignbridge community energy initiative addresses this. Meet Helen and Fuad from Teign Energy Communities (www.teignenergycommunities.co.uk)
Short talk about what we’ve already achieved, followed by a discussion about community energy. Come and be part of the local energy solution.
And all this over a free coffee or tea!
Sunday 2nd April 10 -12.30am
Creative use of old fabrics and threads
Introduction to innovative use of fabrics and threads for Textile Art
All materials supplied £5 per person
* Bring your own sewing machine if you prefer and bits and pieces of fabric if you have a colour palette in mind
Minimum age unless accompanied by an adult 15+
Workshop not suitable for young children
Booking essential as limited spaces
Call or text Liz Lockyear on 07753 816399 or email@example.com
Sunday 2nd April 2- 4.30pm
Basket weaving ending up with a willow platter
Would you like to learn how to weave a beautiful natural willow platter? Perhaps a platter for cheese and bread or to use for protecting your table from hot dishes.
Cost: £10 tuition which includes materials.
When: Sunday 2nd April 2.00 pm to 4.30
What to bring: old apron, secateurs if you have any.
Limited numbers so please book 078120 13488 to secure your happiness.
Monday 3rd April -10.00am
Mosaics with Michelle Greenwood- Brown
Booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 5th April – 7.30pm
“Strawberries at Christmas”
– a talk by Mark McCarthy, a climate scientist at the Met Office
In this talk he will travel from some rather unseasonal fruit in his Teignmouth back garden through over 100 years of Teignmouth and world weather records to see what our small corner of the world can tell us about climate.
It’s Earth Hour tonight! Are you switching off your lights between 8.30 and 9.30 pm? Join in at http://earthhour.wwf.org.uk
The exhibition curator is Rachael Bennett, but if you’re up for adding a bit of inspiration to our displays at these exhibitions, developing a showcase for us, do get in touch,