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Ric began by introducing the idea of transition communities, which aimed to move away from economic dependence on fossil fuels – an unsustainable source of energy – and towards a low-carbon, low-energy existence. This requires looking at and rethinking all the ways we currently use fossil fuels. As Ric pointed out, it is important that this is viewed positively and promoted as a tangible alternative. He also put forward some interesting ways that this message had been relayed to students at Edinburgh uni. He highlighted that another important aspect of transition is its emphasis on community building.
His talk was followed by a lively discussion with the group, on matters such as transition on a local level vs transition on an international level , which in turn brought up issues such as Fair Trade, exports etc.
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On Monday 7th June , the WDM group had a group outing to “Bananas ” at the Filmhouse – a film which tells of the fight of banana workers in Nicaragua to get compensation from multinationals for the effects of pesticides used in growing their bananas. This was part of the Take One Action film series and was followed by a Q and A session from the audience with John McAllion a director of the Fair Trade Forum . The group had a further lively discussion in the bar on the film (and other related topics) We plan to have more group outings with discussions to films which link with the aim of WDM (justice for the world’s poor).
If you haven’t seen this film already, it is definitely worth a watch!
“Juan ‘Accidentes’ Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a groundbreaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. Can he beat the giant, or will the corporation get away with it? In this suspenseful documentary, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food”