[M]ovie fans with an interest in climate change can take advantage of a free film night in Penrith this month.
The charity Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) is screening the film ‘Disruption’, which looks at the impacts of climate change around the world while asking why we “do so little when we know so much”.
It’s an angle that doesn’t often get explored in environmental films, as CAfS manager Hazel Graham explained.
“There are so many great examples of communities tackling the causes of climate change around the world, and there have been some really inspirational environmental films recently that tell those really encouraging stories,” Hazel said. “But, given that climate change is now generally accepted to be one of the biggest threats we face, it is perhaps surprising that society en masse isn’t demanding that our governments take urgent action to tackle it. This film delves into why that is.”
‘Disruption’ takes an interesting look at why climate change hasn’t inspired public action or concern to the same degree as other issues that have affected society in the past, such as human rights movements.
“There’s a line in the film’s synopsis that I find really emotive,” Hazel said. “It says: ‘We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it.’ The film puts forward a challenge to us all about what should we be doing.”
The film lasts for around an hour and will be followed by a discussion about the themes raised.
“It will be really interesting to hear what people feel we could or should be doing here in Cumbria, especially as we’ve felt the impacts of climate change first hand in recent years,” Hazel said.
“With the devastating flooding we’ve experienced here, we’re among the first communities in Europe to feel those impacts, and in fact an article in the New York Times in September described Carlisle as a city at the forefront of climate disruption. It said that the threat of climate change can still feel distant and theoretical in many places, but not here.”
The charity runs projects and activities across the county to help people reduce their carbon footprint. It has just begun work with partners on a three-year programme to help Cumbrian communities become more resilient to emergencies like extreme weather in the future, thanks to a £1 million package from the Big Lottery Fund.
The film night is on Wednesday 16 November at the Eden Arts’ Old Fire Station. Entry to the film night is free of charge, thanks to funding from Cumbria Community Foundation. Places can be booked at cafs.org.uk/events.