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:
- Thur 12th – Weds 18th Nov Brighton Climate Action Network information stall at Jubilee Library
- Sun 15th Nov 18:00 SOCIAL: Toasting good health and sustainability – for health practitioners,The Southover Pub
- Sun 15th Nov 19:30 FILM: ‘This Changes Everything’, Hanover Centre
- Sun 15th Nov 14:15 WORKSHOP: Flag-making workshop for Paris ride, Hanover Centre
- Sun 15th Nov 19:30-21:30 ‘No Future? A Buddhist Punk view on Climate chaos‘, The Brighton Buddhist Centre
- Mon 16th Nov 15:00 RECEPTION: For the Walking Pilgrimage to Paris, Brighthelm Centre
- Tue 17th Nov 19:30-21:30 Sustaining All Life – Co-counselling and the restoration of our environment, Brighthelm Centre
- Tue 17th Nov 18:00 DOUBLE BILL- FILM ‘Cowspiracy’ screening, Onca Gallery (followed immediately by…)
- Tue 17th Nov 19:45 DISCUSSION: Radical book group reads ‘Don’t Even Think About it – Why are brains are wired to ignore climate change’ by George Marshall (both at Onca Gallery)
- Wed 18th Nov 18:00 WORKSHOP: Power through Paris / Climate Justice Training, Onca Gallery
- Weds 18th Nov 19:30 PUBLIC MEETING “Changing the Climate in Paris?” Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth, Synergy Centre
- Wed 18th Nov 19:30 PUBLIC MEETING “How Dangerous is Climate Change? And How Can We Stop It?” Rottingdean Whiteway Centre
- Wed 18th Nov. 19:30 Brighton and Hove Socialist Workers Party Open Meeting “Marxism and the Environment” Friends Meeting House, Ship Street
- Thurs 19th Nov 19:00 PUBLIC MEETING: Clean Energy Brighton Wagner Hall, Regency Road
- Thurs 19th Nov 19:30 PUBLIC MEETING: Trade Unionists in the Fight Against Climate Change, Brighton Hove and District Trades Union Council, The Quadrant pub
- Fri 20th Nov 16:00 WORKSHOP: Pre-screening workshop with director of ‘How to Change the World’ Sallis Benney Theatre
- Fri 20th Nov 18:00 FILM: ‘How to Change the World’ Sallis Benny Theatre
- Sat 21st Nov CONFERENCE: Time to Act Conference & Fundraiser Synergy Centre See our Conference Pages for info
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 (HASL) 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 here.
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.
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: http://www.brightonbuddhistcentre.co.uk/courses/green-buddha-no-future/
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
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, 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
The event is free but there is a suggested donation of £3 towards the license for the screening of Cowspiracy
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/104858886542410/
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
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, 350.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
PUBLIC MEETING: Clean Energy Brighton and ‘The Energy Revolution’ with Howard Johns & panel
Wagner Hall, Regency Road, Brighton
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)
Friday 20th Nov 4pm
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 email@example.com
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