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Flint - who can you trust?

Flint - who can you trust?

The astonishing, untold story of the man-made disaster that continues to haunt America

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Oxford Real Farming Conference - your invitation

Oxford Real Farming Conference - your invitation

Biggest ever global online agroecology event to tackle broken food system

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How can we be effective change-makers?

How can we be effective change-makers?

Free free spots available now on this course

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Climate change litigation guide

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Flint - who can you trust?

The astonishing, untold story of the man-made disaster that continues to haunt America

Five years in the making FLINT is the story of one of the worst man-made disasters in American history. Flint was one of the most prosperous cities in the world as the birthplace of General Motors, but its industrial heyday was long gone when the then Michigan Governor presided over a move to get the water supply from the local polluted river, rather than the Great Lakes, to save money.

With brown water coming out of many of their taps, locals started reporting alarming and worrying illnesses. And a campaign was begun to get the water supply changed.

This documentary film, made by Montrose Pictures, is however a surprising story with more twists than a river.Along the way there is Hollywood support for the plight of the Flint residents from film star Mark Ruffalo and narrator Alec Baldwin steps from behind the mic to go on camera and visit local residents.

There is a welcome win for the local people as the water supply is changed back, but the corrosive Flint water – which hadn’t been properly treated – had eaten into the city’s old pipes unleashing lead particles through the drinking water supply, potentially affecting the bloodstream of thousands of children. According to a study by a leading local paediatrician, this has left many with permanent damage to their brains and reproductive systems.

As the local people try to find out the truth of the situation, one adviser – previously lauded by the campaigners – goes over to ‘the other side’ in the government camp, and the findings of another are queried. And the question for local people at the heart of it all is who can they trust and who cares about what happens to them?

BBC Television Premiere of feature documentary FLINT

Tuesday 1 December 2020 at 10pm BBC Scotland and BBC iPlayer

ALEC BALDWIN: "Do you think they let happen what happened in Flint, because Flint is poor, or African American or both?"

FLINT MAYOR: **"I think it's both. I think it's an issue of **race and class."

***

A vital movie for a volatile time, FLINT is a bona fide socio-political thriller!

- Film Inquiry

Nature

Oxford Real Farming Conference - your invitation

Biggest ever global online agroecology event to tackle broken food system

Image credit - FarmED

THE Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) will host its biggest ever global online event for agroecological farmers, growers and food producers between 7-13 January 2021, in an urgent bid to fix our broken food system.

ORFC Global 2021 will bring together thousands of delegates, including leading voices in agroecological, organic and regenerative agriculture. The aim is to catalyse radical action in the face of multiple global threats including climate change, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, poverty and Covid-19.

Colin Tudge, co-founder of the ORFC, argues that present-day, hyper-industrialised agriculture is a prime cause of all the world's ills, from climate change and mass extinction to poverty and ill-health – and that to put it right we have to re-think everything else as well, including the economy and our moral attitudes.

Colin says:

It should be eminently possible to provide good food for everyone without wrecking the natural world, and without cruelty or injustice.

“We just need to apply the principles of agroecology and food sovereignty - which in general means low-input, mixed farms with plenty of farmers and growers on small to medium-sized farms, geared primarily to local markets.

"Instead the world's most powerful governments, corporates, and financiers are promoting the complete opposite - high-input monocultures with minimum to zero labour on the largest possible scale, geared to profit in the global market.

We need to turn things around fast and since our leaders have taken the wrong tack, people who give a damn - and especially farmers - must do what's needed for ourselves.

Tickets to ORFC Global 2021 are on sale now:orfc.org.uk/book-tickets

ORFC Global 2021 will showcase more than 150 hours of talks and workshops for farmers, growers, activists, policy-makers, researchers and anyone else who supports a better food and farming system:orfc.org.uk#ORFCGlobal

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How can we be effective change-makers?

Free free spots available now on this course

This Tuesday, join visionaries Noga Levy-Rapoport, Salvador Gómez-Colón, Lyla June and KMT Freedom Teacher as they share their views of what ‘good leadership’ and effective change-making entails in a time of environmental crisis - a topic that has the power to shape the future of our planet and its people. 

As we stand on the brink of environmental crisis, how can we be effective change-makers and leaders? What skills do we need to cultivate to play our part? And what forms of leadership are needed to create the change the world needs?

Bought to you by The Resurgence Trust and EcoResolution, this evening of online talks and panel discussion looks to answer these questions and deepen your understanding of the leadership and change-making that is needed in the world today. This event will also provide you with an opportunity to convey what you believe is central to good leadership and what skills you feel you need to nurture in order to become a (more) effective change-maker. With your input, The Resurgence Trust plan to develop a series of skill-sharing workshops in 2021, where you will work together with a range of facilitators to cultivate effective leadership and strategies for change.

https://buytickets.at/theresurgencecentre/417872/r/eh