Occupy Love explores the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning
Date: Saturday 17th May, 7.30pm Where: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR (map) Entry: By Donation
Join director Velcrow Ripper on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”
The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse.
The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening: millions of people are deciding that enough is enough – the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.
See more at:http://occupylove.org/about/
Bring along your unwanted items, find something useful, reduce waste! No money involved!
e.g. Clothes, Books, Household items, DVDs, Toys, etc
Also, any donations for the local Foodbank e.g. Can opener, Wash bag, Bowls, Mugs, Set of cutlery, as well as food
Film – Chasing Ice
Starting at 7.30pm
Acclaimed photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey in the Arctic, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet.
His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. http://www.chasingice.com/
The river follows Butcher’s Lane and Overend Road. If we park up at Bridge Street, there is an enormous quantity of litter where the river path meets the road at the far end. This is a very good moment to do it before the vegetation starts to grow. It would be great to clean it up!
Working in the river will be impossible for a while, but we can clean up the banks and area around it.
The film Message in the Waves will be shown at the United Reformed Church just off the Queensway/Hagley Road roundabout, Halesowen.
Date: Thursday 27th February: 7.15 for 7.30
There is parking round the back just to the left of the building.
I’m looking forward to the day we can get into our new boat and let it do some of the work for us. Also I hope we’ll be able to explore some of the more difficult more unreachable areas. It’s good to dream!
If the weather is truly awful I will be in touch nearer the time to confirm cancellation of the event. Otherwise we’ll be there to go ahead. Hope to see you!
Update 26th February
The River Stour between Bridge Street and Butcher’s Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands.
Photos of volunteers and the river on the day.
When: Thursday 27th February Time: 7.15 for 7.30pm Where: United Reformed Church, Hagley Road, Halesowen, B63 4PX
A film from the BBC Natural History Unit looking at some of the environmental challenges facing the people and wildlife of the Hawaiian Islands. A captivating film showing the effects of plastic on ocean wildlife when it is indiscriminately thrown into our waterways. Donations on the door
Date: Sunday 26th January Time: 10.15 for a 10.30 start Where: The bottom of Furnace Hill, Halesowen (where Haden Hill and Dudley Road, north of Halesowen)
Please bring strong bags for litter and cans if you can, and wear thick gloves and good footwear. We can provide some gloves. Furnace Hill is good as there is masses of litter which follows the river. For those who like a challenge the river can be reached down a steep slope and there is a shallow area which can be worked.
There will be a river Stour exhibition in Halesowen library during the month of February
FILM: Message in the Waves Date: Thursday 27th February at 7.30pm Where: United Reform Church, Halesowen
This film shows the devastating effect that plastic has on the oceans, particularly on wildlife. It is a very beautiful and moving film and it would be great if you could come and bring friends.
Place: United Reform Church on the Queensway roundabout in the town centre. There is parking at the back though the entrance into the site is not very clear. It is just as you leave the roundabout onto the Hagley Road.
We are printing off posters for this event. It would be really helpful if Halesowen and Cradley people could put them up in appropriate places. Could you please contact me if you can help with this? Thanks.
The calendar sold well. We have very few left after printing 150. Thanks to all who made sure they were circulated to help with getting a higher profile for the river. We hope to do this again next year, so again help will be needed publicising this so people can start photographing! Very many thanks to those people who worked hard at this last year.
Our three groups plan to start serious water testing this year.
The film follows director Jeremy Seifert and his friends as they dumpster dive behind several grocery stores in the Los Angeles area to demonstrate the massive amount of food that is wasted each year in America.
After showing that much of the food found in dumpsters is perfectly edible, Seifert confronts the managers of the stores to question why they don’t donate more of it to local food banks. http://www.divethefilm.com/
Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as slickwater fracking.
Where: The Duke William Pub, Coventry Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EP
This documentary exposes the public health dangers of genetically modified foods and features leading scientists, physicians, professors, attorneys and activists. Revealing the deep corruption surrounding GMOs and the nefarious deception being perpetrated against the world. (December 2012, 90 minutes)
We are showing a film at the Glasshouse Arts Centre soon. Donations on the door to help cover costs. Do come, and bring friends!
When: Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm
Where: The Glasshouse Arts Centre, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, DY8 4HF
What: Cultural Creatives – The (R)Evolution
The so-called “Cultural Creatives” comprise over one-third of the adult populations of the United States, Europe, Japan, and other major cosmopolitan cities worldwide.
Rather than forming a global organization or a political movement, these people are identifiable only by their mindset — one that demonstrates a major shift in consciousness that leads to a deep interest in finding solutions to the pressing issues of this new millennium and anticipating the future as filled with possibility and abundant opportunity.
Film: ‘Growing Change’ – A journey into Venezuela’s food revolution.
When: Friday 22nd March 7.30 for 8pm
Where: The Duke William, Coventry Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EP
Growing Change is a documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system. In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cacao plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what’s possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food.