Brighton Time to Act Week November 2015

Time to Act Week 15 – 21 November A week of meetings, film screenings and workshops. From an info stall at Jubilee library, including a screening of This Changes Everything at the Hanover Community Centre, concluding with a weekend conference at the Brighton Synergy Centre.

Click on the event title in the list below for more information:


Sunday 15th Nov 18:00

SOCIAL: Toasting good health and sustainability – for health/ social care practitioners and students

The Southover (previously ‘The Pub with No Name’), 58 Southover Street, Brighton BN2 9UF

( and at 7.30pm we’re going to be wandering down to Hanover Community Centre to watch ‘This Changes Everything’.)

Calling all doctors and nurses, physios and paramedics, OTs and SaLTs, and anyone else who works (or is training to work) in health, public health or social care.  Join us to raise a glass and toast good health and sustainability!

Climate Change was described on the Lancet’s front page as “the biggest global health threat this century” and the World Health Organisation state that it will affect all populations.  The NHS is largest public sector carbon emitter in Europe and needs to adopt sustainable models of care.

We’ll be meeting up to discuss climate change as a health issue, how we can start to take action locally, the health co-benefits of a low carbon lifestyle, the sustainable commissioning of services, and to explore the work of the Sustainable Development Unit, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, and the Climate and Health Council amongst others.

Sunday 15th Nov, 7.30pm
FILM: ‘This Changes Everything’
Hanover Centre, Southover St, Brighton
Hanover Action for Sustainable Living (
present a new film inspired by Naomi Klein’s book:, posing the question “what if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?”
Also being screened on Sat, 7th Nov at One Church Brighton, Gloucester Place BN1 4AA . Click here for details & tickets.
Watch trailer

Sunday 15th Nov, 2.15pm
WORKSHOP: Flag-making workshop for Paris ride,
Hanover Centre, Southover St, Brighton
Design your own flag or help others, with messages to be carried on the ‘Time to Cycle’ ride to the Paris climate talks. Free Family-friendly event, all welcome.

Sunday 15th Nov, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

PUBLIC TALK: No Future? A Buddhist Punk view on Climate chaos

The Brighton Buddhist Centre 17 Tichbourne Street, BN1 1UR

In the lead up to the Paris conference, the latest ‘last chance’ to save civilisation as we know it, here is a different slant on the same issue. The Buddhas teaching of the Three Poisons, Greed, Hatred and Delusion, (or Spiritual Ignorance) were and are at the heart of Buddhist practice. How does this relate to us as modern humans? What message does the ancient wisdom have for our modern predicament, and could this be the end of Buddhism and civilisation as a whole? What can we do faced with this,feeling powerless, changing our lightbulbs and trying to walk to the local shop except when it rains? Using Ecotricity or Green Energy and hoping for the best? And what if our great leaders do not come up with a plan that works, but instead the usual fudge to continue the great god of Growth at all costs?
What then? What if there is indeed NO Future?…..

Free and donations welcomed, suggested £3.00 where able

No need to book your place, but it can be useful for organizers to get an idea of numbers, so book here if you can:

Monday 16th Nov 15:00-18:45 
RECEPTION: For the Walking Pilgrimage to Paris
Brighthelm Ctr, North Rd, Brighton
Welcome the participants on the walking pilgrimage as it stops in Brighton en route to Paris.

3.00pm Pilgrims arrive at St John’s Church, London Road, north of Preston Park.

3.30pm Walk with them to the Brighthelm Centre – via the beach if time and weather permit

NB These times may be later, depending when the Pilgrims arrive

5.15pm Informal reception at the Brighthelm Centre.  Meet the pilgrims.

6.00pm Presentations, interviews, pictures and video footage

6.45pm Finish.

Pilgrimage to Paris

As a way of highlighting the church’s concern about climate change, a group of 50 pilgrims is walking from London to Paris, arriving there for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (30 November – 11 December).

The pilgrims are due to arrive in Brighton on Monday 16 November. They will make a stop-off at St John’s, Preston Park where they are due to arrive at 3.00pm. They will then proceed to the Brighthelm Centre.

Tuesday November 17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm 
WORKSHOP : Sustaining All Life – Co-counselling and the restoration of our environment
Re-evaluation Counselling is a world wide organisation devoted to people working together to reclaim our full intelligence through recovery from the effects of early hurts in our lives. As we regain our full intelligence and connection with each other we become much more effective in thinking and working together to create a better world for all. ‘Sustaining All Life’ is a project of the Re-evaluation Counselling Communities and will be sending an international delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
This workshop will be a chance to learn some of the basic ideas and skills of co-counselling as well as a chance to think about some of the key issues addressed by the ‘Sustaining All Life’ project. These issues include: the oppression of different groups of people including racism, widespread feelings of discouragement and powerlessness and the connections between the environmental crisis and the failures of capitalism.


Tuesday November 17, 18:00-21:30 

FILM SCREENING: ‘Cowspiracy’ AND BOOK DISCUSSION: George Marshal ‘Don’t Even Think about it’

The Radical Book Group hosts a double header for Time to Act! week – an official screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) plus a public book group discussion of George Marshall’s recent book ‘Don’t Even Think About It – Why our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change’ (ATTENDEES ARE INVITED TO READ THE BOOK BEFOREHAND!) (Also readily available as an audio book)

Suggested donation for the film showing to cover license costs: £3

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret 6-7.30pm

Cowspiracy is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

“Cowspiracy may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet.” – Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of “The Cove”

Don’t Even Think About It- Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall 7.45-9.30pm

Most of us recognize that climate change is real, and yet we do nothing to stop it. What is this psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is not? George Marshall’s search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world’s leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them …

With engaging stories and drawing on years of his own research, Marshall argues that the answers do not lie in the things that make us different and drive us apart, but rather in what we all share: how our human brains are wired-our evolutionary origins, our perceptions of threats, our cognitive blindspots, our love of storytelling, our fear of death, and our deepest instincts to defend our family and tribe.

“Don’t Even Think About It is the most important book published on climate change in the past few years” – George Monbiot, The Guardian

Event organisers Ben Whittaker & Ian Lawton

Contact: Ian Lawton 07815 906502

Twitter @mrianlawton

The event is free but there is a suggested donation of £3 towards the license for the screening of Cowspiracy

Facebook event link:

Apologies, the venue is not wheelchair accessible


Wednesday18th Nov, 6pm
WORKSHOP: Power through Paris / Climate Justice Training,
Onca Gallery, York Place (opp St Peter’s Ch), Brighton
A workshop, in collaboration with Peace News, to prepare people planning to go to Paris for the COP21 summit and take part in the ‘Climate Games.

Do you want to be part of a rising movement for climate justice and a

Just Transition to a decarbonised economy? The UN summit on climate

change (COP21) is coming to Paris in December and mobilisations are

gaining momentum.

This nonviolent direct action training, which forms part of Brighton

Climate Action Network’s Time to Act week (Nov 16-22), is for anyone

interested in taking take part in creative direct action in response to

COP21. It will be facilitated by Milan Rai and Gabriel Carlyle from

Peace News, and informed by a training given in Paris in September by

the global climate justice group,

It will include a brief survey of the actions that will be taking place

in Paris on 12 December (see below) as well as a briefing about the

legal & cultural situations in France and how these differ from the UK.

Buddying will be an essential part of the preparation for anyone going

to Paris for the 12 December actions, so if possible please come to the

training with at least one friend.

Places are limited. Please sign up here:

£5 recommended donation to cover costs. Refreshments will be provided.

The venue is accessible

Contact for more info

Wed 18th Nov, 7.30pm


Wednesday 18th Nov 7.30pm

PUBLIC MEETING “Changing the Climate in Paris?” Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth

Synergy Centre, West Street, Brighton.

National FoE Campaign leaders, Guy Shrubsole (Climate and Energy) and Rachel Kennerley (Climate Security) will be joined by Dominic Kniveton (Uni of Sussex), Prof. of Climate Science and Society (Climate Change and Migration) in presenting a focused look at the current climate-change context and the structure, issues, tensions and likely outcomes of the upcoming Climate-talks in Paris. Followed by an extended Q&A session, drinks and networking.

Wednesday 18th Nov 7.30pm

PUBLIC MEETING: How Dangerous is Climate Change? And How Can We Stop It?

Main Hall, Rottingdean Whiteway Centre, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean

Speakers: Jonathan Neale (author: Stop Global Warming, Change the World), Nancy Lindisfarne (Grandparents Against Climate Change) Atlanta Cook (Local environmentalist)


Thursday 19th Nov, 7pm
PUBLIC MEETING: Clean Energy Brighton and ‘The Energy Revolution’ with Howard Johns & panel
Wagner Hall, Regency Road, Brighton
Join our panel of Howard Johns, author of ‘The Energy Revolution’, Kayla Ente (Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-op.) Will Cottrell (Brighton Energy Co-op) Chris Tomlinson (Project Manager for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm), Anthony Probert (Bioregional). also with Viky Lesley (Tenner films)
Pre-panel short screening: Vicky Lesley, Producer/Director of ‘The Atom: A Love Affair’ (Tenner Films) will introduce a short promo Screening and  the current fundraising drive for her developing film about the nuclear energy industry. Coming in 2016 Sign up for updates here
This is an exciting evening of discussions and interesting information about the alternatives in energy the are in the pipeline or have been already carried out in the city. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about how we can take more control over our own energy supply and future energy prices. The venue is accessible. Donations invited for use of the venue, please book using the eventbrite link HERE  Contact: BHESCo – 01273 766671 Twitter: @bhenergyservice and Facebook: BHESCO

About Howard Johns: “Reimagining our energy system offers the potential of a win-win-win future: low carbon energy, more resilient communities, vibrant local economies. What’s more, it’s possible and it’s already happening.

FILM IN THE MAKING: ‘The Atom: A Love Affair’ (Tenner Films)

“70 years ago, a new energy source burst upon the world. From the first moment the atom hit the public’s consciousness, great claims have been made for its potential to revolutionise the world, free us from energy dependence and, most recently, help fight the scourge of climate change. But despite tremendous backing from political and scientific elites, the history of nuclear power is littered with failed promises, blunders, cover-ups and catastrophes and its proponents have faced an ongoing battle to keep the atomic message alive through advertising, PR and opaque back-room deals. With the much-vaunted ‘nuclear renaissance’ looking increasingly shaky, now is the time to look again at the true story of nuclear’s political fortunes through the decades – a story full of twists and turns, massive setbacks and startling comebacks. Covering events in Britain, America, France & Germany through frank interviews with politicians, industry insiders and expert commentators, alongside genuine archive gems from the PR vaults, “The Atom: A Love Affair” lays bare the tragicomic true story of one of the 20th Century’s greatest technological obsessions. In our rapidly evolving 21st century landscape of flexible, decentralised smart energy solutions, is it time for the atomic proponents whose love still burns strongly to accept that this time, it really could be the end of the affair? “

Thursday 19th Nov, 7.30pm
PUBLIC MEETING: Trade Unionists in the Fight Against Climate Change
The Quadrant, 12 – 13 North Street, BN1 3GJ
Brighton Hove and District Trades Union Council with Chris Baugh (Assistant General Secretary, Public and Commercial Services Union) Graham Petersen (National Environment Officer, University and College Union) Mary Brodbin (Chair, London Central Newspapers branch, National Union of Journalists)

Friday 20th Nov 4pm 

WORKSHOP with director of How To Change the World, Jerry Rothwell
Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY
Join storytelling students from the University of Brighton for a workshop with director of How to Change the World, Jerry Rothwell and a panel of TV experts as we find out how to tell stories and why.The workshop is free but as places are limited please book by emailing


Friday 20th Nov 6pm
FILM: ‘How to Change the World’ Part of the Cinecity 13th Brighton Film Festival

Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY

In 1971 a brave group of young activists set sail from Vancouver in an old fishing boat. Their mission: to stop Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, a tiny island offthe west coast of Alaska. It was from these humble but
courageous beginnings that the global organisation that we now know as Greenpeace was born. Jerry Rothwell takes us through the eventful early years of Greenpeace, and the unlikely collection of mystics and mechanics determined to save the world.

Followed by a Q+A with the director Jerry Rothwell.

More info – look HERE

Sat 21st Nov, 2 – 8pm (followed by social)
CONFERENCE: Time to Act Conference & Fundraiser,
Synergy Centre, Brighton BN1 2RA

See our Conference Pages for info