Concerns about possible widescale flooding in Portsmouth have been prompted by a new documentary film being shown locally which warns about the effects of climate change. Independent No6 Cinema will be showing An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power on Thursday evening 14th September 7pm. Watch the trailer: www.no6cinema.co.uk/films/an-inconvenient-sequel
Two figures in the local environmental movement, Tom Greenwood, Sustainability & Environment Facilitator at Portsmouth university and Permaculture magazine's Tony Rollinson will be attending the screening.
Mr Greenwood said that the film was a timely reminder that the city should be prepared for potential hazards as a result of bigger storms and rising sea levels. “Climate change is happening right now,” Mr Greenwood said. “And this is evident by the increased number and intensity of extreme weather events such as the recent storms in Texas and flash floods in Cornwall. “Being the only UK island city, Portsmouth's primary risk from climate change is coastal flooding with most of Portsea Island lying lower than 10m above sea level.” He added that with modern technology we are now in a position where we can start to adopt much more sustainable lifestyles."
He said: “Electric bikes, for example, have made cycling much more inviting to non-enthusiasts and smart meters allow any household to easily track energy usage. The cost of running an average petrol car is over 8 times that of an electric car, which are becoming more affordable than ever before. Adopting these small changes can add up to make a big difference.” Mr Greenwood manages the university’s Environment Network, a group of more than 250 academic lecturers and researchers studying Sustainability and the Environment.
A free copy of Permaculture magazine, (offices based at The Sustainability Centre, Clanfield) will be given to everyone attending the event and Tony Rollinson will introduce the film. Tony said: “Portsmouth could have flood problems but not just with rising sea levels. There’s also underground water due to reclaimed land. It is such a vibrant city today but we need to make decisions to protect the health and lives of future generations. We’d like to see the abundance of natural resources (wind, solar and tidal power for example), for which our city is uniquely placed, being harnessed. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power highlights what can be done and what solutions are at our fingertips and that is why we are looking forward to seeing it."
“To celebrate 25 years of Permaculture magazine, Permanent Publications (the publishing arm) will be publishing Fertile Edges by our editor Maddy Harland this month. Maddy offers a unique take on the environmental successes and challenges facing this planet and its people over a quarter of a century. She explores the rise of permaculture globally, from its origins in Australia in the 1970s to its current activities in over 170 countries worldwide, and describes positive developments of this global movement and the huge potential it has yet to achieve. Contextualised by significant events and entwined with a wealth of permaculture solutions, Maddy offers a deep connectivity with the natural and human worlds. Rob Hopkins of the Transition Movement says, “Essential reading … signposts to sustain an activist’s heart”.
Author Graham Bell (who lives in the oldest established forest garden in Britain) writes, "Maddy’s strong sense of time and place and being ring out. She is a strong advocate for the role of women in achieving the changes we need. This book rings loudly with passionate truth. Join Maddy in her life’s quest to impart vision for how we can create that better world and you’ll be better for it."
Portsmouth City council has carried out the first stage of a multi-million pound Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risk Management scheme across the north of Portsea Island. The entire project, from Mountbatten Centre round to Milton Common, is said to reduce the risk of flooding and erosion from the sea to 4,200 homes, 500 businesses and critical infrastructure including the Eastern Road over the next 100 years.
The film is a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth (2006), which addressed the progress made to tackle climate change and Gore's global efforts to persuade government leaders to invest in renewable energy.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power and recorded Q&A with Al Gore. Thursday 14 September 7pm.
Tickets available through www.no6cinema.co.uk
Contacts: Malisa Chafer 07932 146936 from No6 Cinema or press officer Peter Gruner: 07770 890523.
There are 2 upcoming public events at Portsmouth university:
Chasing Coral: Free Public film screening of Chasing Coral at 7pm on Friday 22nd September.
See Bin, Sea Change: Free Public event on 1st December on the University Campus to launch the new Sea Bin project in Langstone Harbour.
Fertile Edges by Maddy Harland
She will also be launching her book across the UK.
Two planned launches are:
Main Building 5, Uni of Winchester 18.30 pm 12th October
Maddy in conversation with Professor Lisa Isherwood, Institute of Theological Partnerships.
25th Oct at 7.30pm at The Hayloft in Emsworth.
Maddy in conversation with Dinah Lawson.