Nottingham Green Festival

Online Resources

The Green Festival celebrates the coming together of the Green community in Nottingham.
In 2020, because of COVID-19, we are not having our special day. So, as a small gesture of community, we have asked our supporters to send us links to resources they have particularly liked or found useful and would like to share. Here are our joint suggestions. They span local and global themes, facts and stories, justice and law. Happy Festival!

New Additions

George Monbiot on Why Capitalism Cannot Save Our Planet from Climate Change
Intelligence Squared hosted a climate change debate

Nemonte Nenquimo : This is my message to the western world – your civilisation is killing life on Earth
Guardian. 12 October 2020
We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it

Fat footprints by Anne Goodwin
A short story about a woman’s confused attempt to reduce her carbon footprint from the short story collection, on the theme of identity, Becoming Someone, published by Inspired Quill

The Helen Loewenstein Memorial Trust
HLMT makes grants to cover course-fees and essential study expenses for student midwives in Liberia who would not otherwise have sufficient funds to train to become qualified midwives.

Helen Loewenstein, Liberia and HLMT
This video about Helen Loewenstein, Liberia and the Helen Loewenstein Memorial Trust was compiled by HLMT trustees Stella Nickolay and Carol McCormick in June 2020.

Fifty Fifty Folk Festival
13th June 2020 3.00 pm – 9.00 pm Facebook group

Local Themes

Nottingham Green Festival. The Movie
Slideshow of photographs from previous years events – Alan Lodge [Tash]
YouTube Video 9 Aug 2018

Nottingham Green Festival : A Photo Zine
A zine of photographs from previous years events – Alan Lodge [Tash]

360 Instagram Video of the Nottingham Green Festival
Jan Temple.

The Quirky Environmentalist Blog Post – Nottingham Green Festival
For the first time Nottingham Green Festival had talks from various people from various disciplines talking about the future of our planet and local communities.
Izzy McLeod.

My Mate’s Band – Green EP
Performed at the Notts Green Festival 2019. Their new album, Green EP, holds so catchy environmental songs and 50% of all profits from merchandise and downloads will go towards Nottingham Green Festival.

Local Groups

Nottingham Energy Partnership
Introduced ‘Chilli Pepper Pledges’,to challenge our community and make a change in their lives which would have a positive impact on our carbon footprint.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee
Offering advice, support and friendship to Nottingham’s refugees and asylum seekers

Postman of Nagasaki to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki days
A Nottingham CND member reviewed the book . YouTube Video 27 Jul 2020

Nottingham Inclosure Walk
A short film about the Nottingham Inclosure Walk, which should have taken place last Sunday. It goes around the inner city & through the Arboretum, Nottm’s first public park. A great history of the Inclosure Act 1854 & campaigns to keep our green spaces
Georgianna Scurfield. Vimeo video

Some Solutions

Farmers hatch plan to return area the size of Dorset to wild nature
WildEast aims to convince farmers, councils and others across East Anglia to pledge land to wildlife
Guardian 14 July 2020

Vertical Farming Lab
Watch Professor Chungui Lu talk about the two vertical farm containers we have located at our Brackenhurst campus. YouTube Video 17 Apr 2020. [one or last years speakers]

73 Cows
3 Cows is the story of Jay Wilde, a beef farmer who battles with his conscience every time he takes his cows to slaughter. Feeling trapped within an industry he no longer believes in, Jay knows he must make a change and do what no other farmer from the UK has ever done before.
Alex Lockwood. Vimeo video

Black Lives Matter: the link between climate change and racial justice
In any crisis it is the poorest and most vulnerable that suffer the greatest impacts. What does Black Lives Matter have to do with climate change? Everything – Adelle Thomas and Rueanna Haynes outline the linkages between environmental justice and racial justice.
Adelle Thomas, Rueanna Haynes. 22 June 2020

Introduction to Gender and Climate Change
What is the connection and why is Gender and Climate Change important? Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and the majority of the world’s poor are women.

Explained: World Water Crisis by VOX – short documentary
YouTube Video 17 Apr 2020

Okja – film on Netflix
How have we built a world where we don’t have enough of its most valuable resource? What happens when we run out? And what can we do to solve the problem now?
Trailer: YouTube Video 18 May 2017

Ashes to Honey (2010)
Documentary trailer: Although this is a fiction film, the narrative is very much a reflection of our current farming industry and disregard for both animal, and human, life for profitable gain. A tiny island in Japan is threated by a government approved nuclear power plant. This documentary shows the islanders self-sustaining lifestyle, the struggles against the nuclear power company and it also compares all this to Sweden’s renewable energy initiatives as an example by which other countries should follow.
YouTube Video 9 Aug 2011

Global Justice Now : Trade Justice
Trade has always been part of society and in itself it could be a good thing. But trade deals are no longer just about selling more goods to other countries. Instead, they are often about giving huge new powers to big business, affecting every aspect of society

How trade deals are fuelling climate breakdown
The US-UK trade deal isn’t just a threat to our food standards and public services, it’s also a threat to our world. The whole model of corporate globalisation that drives international trade today is a major cause of climate breakdown.

The Story of Plastic
THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing. Film Trailer

Seed : The untold story
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Like tiny time capsules, they contain the songs, sustenance, memories, and medicines of entire cultures. They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real
sense, they are life itself.

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.
YouTube Video. 13 Nov 2013


Podcast: Outrage and Optimism
If you want to know what the green vanguard of “the establishment” is doing, listen to interviews with influential shakers and movers here.


Podcast “Can we ensure the climate has a future after the corona crisis?
the podcast explores what a post-lockdown world might look like and how it will affect the climate. Why we need to treat the climate crisis as urgently as the Covid-19 pandemic? Why challenging the free market ideology and committing to universal public healthcare is essential, and what actions we can take to win a brighter, greener future.


Global Launch
To make progress on climate action we need to collaborate on a global scale – and your community has an important role to play. For any of you out there with big ideas, Countdown is a global green initiative for individuals, groups and business to host their own TEDx events, of any size on 10.10.2020 or afterwards.

Law and the Environment

Can Lawyers Save The World?
Climate change litigation is already big news in the US and the number of environmental cases in our own courts could be about to increase.
Tom Heap asks what the law can do.
Costing the Earth BBC Radio 4 14 Oct 2010

The destruction of the Earth is a crime. It should be prosecuted
Businesses should be liable for the harm they do. Polly Higgins has launched a push to make ecocide an international crime.
George Monbiot. Guardian 28 March 2019

The law that could make climate change illegal
One of the most robust laws on climate change yet has been created in Denmark. Can legislation really make failing to act on climate change illegal? BBC Future Planet 8 July 2020

Client Earth
We use the power of law to bring about systemic change that protects life on earth.

Portuguese children sue 33 countries over climate change at European court
Ground-breaking crowdfunded case demands that states make more ambitious emissions cuts
Jonathan Watts. Guardian 3 Sep 2020