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 June 2021

The young people taking their countries to court over climate inaction
Children and young adults around the world are demanding action from governments on global heating and the ecological crisis
Guardian. 7 May 2021

Shell’s historic loss in The Hague is a turning point in the fight against big oil.
The oil giants that have helped drive the climate crisis are finally being forced to take responsibility for their actions.
Tessa Khan. Guardian. 1 June 2021

Emergency on Planet Earth :: emergencyc4
News and analysis about the climate emergency on planet earth, run by the multi-award winning @channel4news

Dr John Barton, Research Associate :: Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

Integration and Wind Power sections of the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST). He researches wind power and ways of accommodating variations in supply and demand of electricity in energy systems with increasing amounts of renewable generation.
[recent BBC interview on the progress of hydrogen technology industries in the east Midlands]

Sir David Attenborough on Climate and Security – United Nations Security Council
Briefing by Sir David Attenborough, English broadcaster and natural historian, on the Maintenance of international peace and security: Climate and Security, during the Security Council Open VTC.

New Additions February 2021

Critical Mass
Nottingham Facebook group is for participants of Notts Critical Mass,

Nottingham Cycling Chat
A place to chat about all things cycling in Nottingham, ask questions and share news.

Hackspace
Nottinghack is a Nottingham based group for hackers, makers and crafty creatives. If you like to build, make & learn it’s for you. You’ll probably be interested in learning about and sharing knowledge of electronics, crafts, robotics, DIY, hardware hacking, photography, computing, prototyping, film making, animation, and other creative challenges and projects.

New Additions January 2021

Air pollution caused girl’s death, coroner rules in landmark case
Ella Kissi-Debrah, who had severe asthma and lived near South Circular, died in February 2013
Sandra Laville, Guardian. 16 December 2020

These Kids Are Suing European Governments Because of the Climate Crisis
The young climate activists, aged from eight to 21 years old, appear to have judges from the European Court of Human Rights on their side.
Tristan Kennedy, Vice. 14 December 2020

Vertical farm crops donated to help feed the homeless in Nottinghamshire
Nottingham Trent University has donated all the produce from its vertical farm to help feed the homeless during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sea Ranger Service
The Sea Ranger Service is a social enterprise that has pioneered a model which simultaneously creates social and environmental impact. It is on a mission to affect social-economic regeneration of coastal regions whilst improving conservation of the world’s oceans. Wietse van der Werf

Big Blue Ocean Cleanup
One of the world’s leading ocean cleanup non-profits. We help keep the oceans clean, protect vulnerable marine animals, provide free educational resources, research ocean pollution for policy change and support the development of innovative technologies.

Cycling UK
Reallocating road space for cycling and walking helps move people around towns and cities, is proven to boost local businesses and will be vital for our economic and personal recovery.

Pedals
We run campaigns. We meet with local politicians and decision-makers to push for a more cycle-friendly city. We organise events and socials. We are a voice for everyday cycling with the local media.

Nottingham Bikeworks
Anot-for-profit community interest company focused on recycling bikes, knowledge sharing and community support. Based in the heart of Nottingham city, we believe bikes are an affordable, healthy and sustainable way to travel.

Local Themes

Sea Ranger Service
The Sea Ranger Service is a social enterprise that has pioneered a model which simultaneously creates social and environmental impact. It is on a mission to affect social-economic regeneration of coastal regions whilst improving conservation of the world’s oceans. Wietse van der Werf

Big Blue Ocean Cleanup
One of the world’s leading ocean cleanup non-profits. We help keep the oceans clean, protect vulnerable marine animals, provide free educational resources, research ocean pollution for policy change and support the development of innovative technologies.

Cycling UK
Reallocating road space for cycling and walking helps move people around towns and cities, is proven to boost local businesses and will be vital for our economic and personal recovery.

Pedals
We run campaigns. We meet with local politicians and decision-makers to push for a more cycle-friendly city. We organise events and socials. We are a voice for everyday cycling with the local media.

Nottingham Bikeworks
Anot-for-profit community interest company focused on recycling bikes, knowledge sharing and community support. Based in the heart of Nottingham city, we believe bikes are an affordable, healthy and sustainable way to travel.

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.

Ratcliffe Power Station Trials 1
Nottinghamshire Police Operation Aeroscope: Nottingham Crown Court Case – Nov 2010 – Jan 2011 – Alan Lodge [Tash]

Ratcliffe Power Station Trials 1a
Nottinghamshire Police Operation Aeroscope: Nottingham Crown Court Case – 18 Jan 2011 – Alan Lodge [Tash]

Ratcliffe Power Station Trials 2
Nottinghamshire Police Operation Aeroscope: Nottingham Crown Court Case – Jan 2011 – Alan Lodge [Tash]

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

V3 Power
Set up in 2006 and is based in Nottingham, UK and is a group of engineers and science educators. Our team has varied over the years but we are currently a two-person, part-time operation.

NTU Sustainable Learning
The Sustainable Development Goals. Nottingham Trent University

NTU Green Academy
Developing, facilitating and showcasing Education for Sustainable Development at NTU and beyond

Extinction Rebellion
We face floods, wildfires, extreme weather, crop failure, mass displacement and the breakdown of society. The time for denial is over. It is time to act

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.

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

The Guardian view on restoring lost rights of way: in search of beauty
Editorial, Guardian. 3 November 2020

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

European states ordered to respond to youth activists’ climate lawsuit
European court of human rights case could result in countries being bound to take greater action
Jonathan Watts, Guardian. 30 November 2020

International lawyers draft plan to criminalise ecosystem destruction
Plan to draw up legal definition of ‘ecocide’ attracts support from European countries and small island nations
Owen Bowcott. Guardian 30 November 2020

Global Witness
Investigations and advocacy for climate justice
Challenging abuses of power to protect human rights and secure the future of our planet

Stop Ecocide campaign
Our mission is to support the establishment of ecocide as an international crime, in order to forbid and prevent further devastation to life on Earth.

The Climate Action Tracker
The Climate Action Tracker is an independent scientific analysis that tracks government climate action and measures it against the globally agreed Paris Agreement aim of “holding warming well below 2°C.

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

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
Media Release – Current global response insufficient; ‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature; Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good

Tash as at: 6th January 2021