Category Archives: Climate change

How we in Southampton respond to climate change and environmental challenges

Future of Dangerous Ideas

The way Dangerous Ideas Southampton runs is changing. We had a well attended meeting on 10 October with lots of ideas and offers from people to get involved. Together, this collective group are looking to put on an event in November or December. So watch this space! If you want to get involved, please get in contact.

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Future of Dangerous Ideas

Tues 10 October // 7.30pm // The Art House, Southampton

The coordination and funding of Dangerous Ideas Southampton in its present form is due to change. With that in mind and taking into account the findings from our recent evaluation, what are our next steps? This is a workshop aimed at people who want to steer the direction or support the future of Dangerous Ideas.

We will be meeting at The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton on Tues 10 October at 7.30pm and you are welcome to join us. Here’s our Facebook event or you can phone 07968 777261 or email rebecca@dangerousideassouthampton.org.uk to tell us you are coming. In addition, if you would like a copy of the evaluation report, please let us know.

 

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This Changes Everything – our evening together

We gathered together on Saturday 18 July to watch This Changes Everything with Southampton Climate Conversations and James Dyke at the helm, and we had quite an evening of it.18 June This Changes Everything poster

Our gathering

We gathered together in the Physics building in the University of Southampton.  We chatted to each other and met people from different organisations and campaigns involved in climate change activity. Some superbly gorgeous canapés were provided by Goswell and Milne and we had the chance to meet campaigners and organisers from Southampton Cycling Campaign, Transition Southampton, Clean Air Southampton, Beamz (sustainably engineered wooden bicycles), Sound Cycling (cycle skills training), Greenpeace and Southampton’s Real Nappy Network. We were delighted that Joe Hudson was able to take photographs for us.Milling about

The film that told a story

Naomi Klein’s film demonstrated how the dominance of fossil fuels is ripping away the connections between communities and the land. The film’s focus was on how people are impacted by environmental destruction, and showed that a people-centred story is what we need to motivate a change of approach. Campaigns about polar bears just don’t do it for Naomi.

Our world is trying to solve a 400 year old story where the earth is seen as a machine and we are its masters. This is where the long road to global warming began. In the Alberta tar sands area, the indigenous population, who have a constitutional right to go onto the land, have been denied that right and the area has suffered from some devastating destruction and pollution.

Of course, nature can hit back through storms and floors. After hurricane Sandy in New York is was clear that the hardest hit were the most marginalised.

Thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled into the river in Montana near the Yellowstone park, yet President Obama in 2012  showed how proud he is to see the country “drilling all over the place”. We saw how the environment is traded for economic gain in the Eldorda site in Greece and witnessed the community fight against a polluting power plant in India. We heard how China’s fossil fuel pollution is literally choking the country (“where can we buy clean air”) and how in 2014 coal consumption declined and today the country is the biggest producer of solar panels in the world.

Naomi’s response is that we already have enough fossil fuels in our reserves, indeed we have 5 times as much as in our carbon budget if the world is to keep within the globally-agreed 2 degree limited for global warming.

The bottom line is greed. The core problem is the economic system and capitalism. The global economy is still based on growth without limits. If this is the fastest way to growth, why are so many people on the frontlines so sceptical? If climate change could be taken seriously, this would change everything.

What if renewable energy could be the rebirth of our future? Renewable energy shows we have to work with nature, where the wind blows, where the sunshines, that is where we need to harness our energy. Create local organisations that make the rules, communities taking back the power on important decisions.

Germany has intervened in its energy production and now 30% of its energy comes from renewable sources. Employment is going up, emissions are going down. This happened because of the people, they fought against polluting energy and won. As a society, we need to take direct action, communities need to be stronger.

Naomi finished the film with a powerful message – we could reinvent a different future.

Our discussionWatching the film

The purpose of Climate Conversation‘s events is to provide a place where we can talk these issues through and work through ideas for action, and so a vibrant question and answer session followed the film. We discussed capitalism and consumerism; whether we start with encouraging political change; the opportunities that the Transition Movement gives us to focPanel pictureus on positive action (including an active group here in Southampton); how we need to cycle here in our city; and encouraging us to get involved in campaigns to protect our meadows on the edge of Southampton. And we also talked about pineapples in Portswood, the serious point being about how if a pineapple imported from the other side of the world costs us £1, there must be some social or environmental costs somewhere along the line.

Finally, anyone had the chance to give a 30 second pitch about their project or action, and here we plugged our next chance to get together to celebrate collaboration: our Common Ground picnic on 14 July.

Grant Sharkey and friends

Grant SharkeyAfter all the seriousness of climate change, we needed something to lighten the mood and this came in the form of Grant Sharkey and his friends playing songs for the climate. Hard hitting and hilarious, Grant showed how music can be part of the story of change.

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This Changes Everything

What a title! Southampton Climate Conversations is holding a free screening of This Changes Everything on 18 June at 5pm at the University of Southampton.

18 June This Changes Everything poster

This second Climate Conversations event at the University of Southampton is a free screening of the Naomi Klein documentary This Changes Everything. This will be followed by an audience discussion, free food and drink, and more conversation amongst the stalls in the foyer.

Please register for a FREE ticket (includes food & drink) from: http://bit.do/ThisChangesEverything

About the film:
Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

http://thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/

About Climate Conversations:
Climate Conversations is a Southampton-based network of people who want to talk about global and local environmental change and respond through positive action. We want to see Southampton as a low carbon, healthy city.

http://climateconversations.org.uk/

Saturday 18th June 17:00-21:00
Building 46, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton

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In Conversation With…

Our next event on 9 June is based on an interview format, enabling in depth conversations with two of Southampton’s talented artists – Don John and Sarah Filmer, with questionning led  by Catherine Wright. There will also be opportunities for everyone attending to get involved in the conversation. This is part of a series of events In Conversation With….,  offering a platform for  people involved in creativity in the city. Have you reserved your ticket yet?

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2016 New Year, new events

Happy New Year! Here at Dangerous Ideas Southampton we are gearing up again for another year of events and activities to support discussion about our city, with the key themes of fairness, sustainability and creativity.

22 Jan 16: Climate Conversations continue

The next event linked to last November and December’s Climate Change Conversations is being held on 22 Jan. The University of Southampton’s Researchers’ Cafe is running Part II of its climate change themed research evening, Mettricks Old Town cafe 6.30-8.30pm. Here are the links to the Researchers’ Cafe website and  Facebook event page.

Topics confirmed so far:
– What planet are we living on? with Dr James Dyke. On the impacts people have on the planet and why it matters to us in the UK
– Sustainable transport with Megan Streb (details tbc)
– Outcome of the Paris Conference and so what? (details tbc)
Run by Dr Tony Curran (University of Southampton) and supported by Dangerous Ideas Southampton, Transition Southampton and Sustrans. Researchers’ Café events are informal – you can grab a drink and a seat and just listen or get involved in the discussions.Mettricks is a well-loved cafe selling tasty food and drinks (including alcohol).Summary of Preceding events:
https://southamptonclimatechange.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/researchers-cafe-climate-conversations/

26 Jan 16: An evening with Paul and Kate Maple: Film, web and community action

How can community activists can use websites and filmmaking to share their messages and reach out to wider audiences?

On Tues 26 Jan at 7.30pm we will be visiting the Roundabout Cafe in Mansbridge for the first time. We are delighted that Paul and Kate Maple will be leading an informal discussion with us about the role of filmmaking and websites in community action. The event starts at 7.30pm and is free to attend, just turn up. Coffee and tea will be available, or you can bring along a bottle of something stonger if you wish.

This event has been organised following November’s Southampton Climate Change Conversations evening with James Dyke at the University of Southampton. It is apparent that whilst there is lots of interesting, pioneering and valuable community activity happening in the city and beyond, more could be done to spread the news of the various community projects that are happening. Paul and Kate Maple are behind Global Documentary, which makes film and runs events focussed on positive change. This informal evening will be a chance to chat and share ideas about the role of film and websites in community action, and learn some tips about how it can be done effectively.

23 Feb 16: Own and control the future

Are coops still relevant? The cooperative movement, its roots in radical politics and role in 21st Century Southampton.

A talk and discussion with Nathan Brown from Cooperantics

Part of the Solent Social Enterprise Week

Tues 23 Feb // 7.30pm // The Art House Cafe, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DW

Free to attend. Spaces allocated on a first come first served basis.

You can tell us you are planning to attend by emailing rebecca@dangerousideassouthampton.org.uk or joining our Facebook event page.

Nathan Brown is based in Southampton and is part of Cooperantics, a cooperative support business which offers a range of services to promote cooperative principles and help make co-ops a success. He has been working in the co-operative development sector for over 15 years. His hands on experience as a co-op member includes management roles in a Housing Co-operative, Credit Union, Worker Co-operative, Consortium Co-operative and Multi-Stakeholder Co-operative in addition to participating in various informal music, housing and food collectives since he was a teenager.

Nathan says: “I believe that co-operation is a natural choice for anyone with a bone of social justice or humanity in their body.  As children, on our estate we even formed a sweet buying group with its own street stall (less Rochdale Pioneers and more Bash Street Kids) but that’s another story!  The simple, effective, technology of co-operatives can be easily de-railed by competitive behaviours that are nurtured by society – focusing on what makes us different rather than what we hold in common. Cooperantics aims to help people get back on the rails and make their co-op a success.”

16 March 2016: Possible event about Food Poverty in Southampton

We are exploring the possibility of holding an event on the topic of food poverty. Get in touch if you have any thoughts or would like to get involved. Rebecca Kinge rebecca@dangerousideassouthampton.org.uk 07968 777261

 

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What sort of city should Southampton be?

An evening of discussion

Tuesday 6 October 7.30pm at the new Tiger Yard, 112 East Street, Southampton SO14 3HD

What do you think the city should look like in 20 years time? How can development in the city respond to local needs and wishes? This joint event between Dangerous Ideas Southampton and Transition Southampton is a chance for those of us in the local community to share our views with each other.

Could we come up with our own “people’s plan”? The consensus views that come through during this evening will be gathered together and used to frame our response to the “Southampton: City of Opportunity Local Plan”, an issues and options paper is out for consultation until Friday 16 October. For too long, people in the city have felt disconnected with the decisions being made for the city. But if we don’t take the chance to have our say, the decision-makers will never know what we really want for this city. You are encouraged to submit your own personal responses too. www.southampton.gov.uk/newlocalplan

If you would like to come along, email rebecca@dangerousideassouthampton.org.uk or tel 07968 777261

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9 September: Seeking Creative Talent!

After having a little break for the summer, we are delighted to be hosting an evening with Brian J Hracs from the University of Southampton on 9 September at 7.30pm.

Brian will be talking about creativity in cities and asking whether bigger is always better. He will help us explore how Southampton can develop the right conditions to retain homegrown creative talent and attract new talent from further afield. You can order your tickets via Eventbrite. We’ll be setting up a Facebook event page soon, so watch this space or Like Dangerous Ideas and we’ll keep you informed.

DIS10_TALENT 1a (lo-res for online)

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