The UK’s festival of eco ideas, art and entertainment is back in the centre of Bristol from 14 – 21 June
Call to Action for Earth Champions of Bristol region…nominate your unsung ecological heroes – Saturday 14 June 4.30- 6.30pm
Free (ticket required)
Come to the launch of the Earth Champions Quest for Bristol and hear about the inspiring people in this region who have extraordinary solutions to many of the challenges facing the environment. Learn how you can nominate people, organisations and businesses to become the new heroes for a sustainable society.
Simon Watt, Frogs & Friends – Saturday 14 June 8.00-9.30pm
The Ugly Animal Preservation Society’s professor of comedy, Simon Watt, returns to the:- Festival with his new show Frogs & Friends – for adults only. Frogs are brilliant, but they are dying out. Simon :explores why frogs are better than most people he knows and how studying them has changed the world. With special guest, Iszi Lawrence.
Innovating for Future Cities, Making Big Green Ideas a Reality Monday 16 12.30-1.30pm
Free (ticket required)
By 2050, two-thirds of the worlds population will be urban. Cities create great opportunities but as they grow they face challenges, cities create around 70% of the globe’s carbon emissions whilst taking up just 2% of it’s surface. Cracking sustainable urban lifestyles is a major challenge of our time. The Future Cities Catapult works to enable urban innovation, helping urban ideas thrive for the sake of citizens across the globe.
The role of community-led development: a public debate with the Urban Land Institute UK – Tuesday 17 June 2.30-4.30pm
Free (ticket required)
The Urban Land Institute (ULI UK) Technical Assistance Panel for the city of Bristol will run over 2 days concluding with a public presentation session at the Arnolfini from 14:30-16:30 on the afternoon of Tuesday 17th June. This session is open to the public but requires a free EventBrite registration through Big Green Week.
NASA Faked the Moon Landing – Therefore, (Climate) Science Is a Hoax – Wednesday 18 12.30-1.30pm
“At least one U.S. Senator thinks that climate change is ‘the greatest hoax ever perpetrated’. When this senator writes that ‘the global warming conspiracy threatens your future’, he is not talking about the risks from extreme heat, drought, or flooding. He probably thinks that corrupt scientists are out to install a World Government. Throughout history, the rejection of science has often involved a conspiratorial component. Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky reviews the evidence and explains why scientific reasoning and conspiratorial thinking are polar opposites.”
Make Billionaires History: An evening of Sane Economics Wednesday 18 8.00-10.00pm
Join comedian and Radio 4 favourite Tony Hawks, as eight speakers with no more than ten minutes each explain the financial collapse and solve the economic crisis! We’ll hear what’s wrong with money and who killed the middle classes. We’ll explore if we can design an economy within planetary limits with sharing and alternative currencies? Before an audience Q&A asks if we really can Make Billionaires History?
Change Your World – Evening with Emercombe Thursday 19 – 7.00-10.00pm
Embercombe founder, Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney speaks on the Land of the Living Dead; Peace activist Scilla Elworthy speaks on Peace Begins With Me. Radio 4 Poet Matt Harvey performs Renewable poetry – upcycling new material. Wood Sisters (Sue Charman and Sam Wernham) will stalk about the Red Tent. Emebrcombe’s Jo Clarke talks on Education’s Role in 21st Century, Kanada Elizabeth Gorla shares Born into a Story and ‘Atlas’s Burden’ told by storyteller Ben McFadden
Jonathon Porritt: The World We Made Friday 20- 12.30– 1.30pm
The concept of Jonathon Porritt’s latest book ‘The World We Made’ is simple. Writing from the viewpoint of a fictional woman in 2050, Alex McKay, it looks back on how the world reached a more sustainable future. In 50 snapshots, the book takes a diverse look at subjects such as energy, healthcare and technology. Jonathon offers a unique insight into what life in the future might look like through social change, conflict, climate change, technological advances and much more.
May 2015 General Election Debate: Will we get the Greenest Government Ever? Friday 20th 7.30-9.30pm
By the time of our next Festival, we will have elected a new Government. But will it be the Greenest Government Ever? Tonight our politicians critic the Coalition, and make their 2015 election pitch to environmental voters, before we hold our very own environmental question time. With Greg Barker MP (Conservative), Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party), Ed Davey MP (Liberal Democrat), and Jonathan Reynolds MP (Labour). Chaired by Jonathon Porritt.
Journey of the Universe –Saturday 21 5.00-7.30pm
Screening of the Emmy award winning film – an epic story of cosmic, earth and human transformation, presented by evolutionary philosopher Brian Swimme; to be followed by talks and discussion with the film’s co-creators Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, co-directors of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University in the USA.