2 Degrees Festival brings together art, environment and action

This year’s 2 Degrees Festival will be held 1-7 June in East London. The festival is Arstadmin’s biennial celebration of art, environment and activism, in which international artists aim “to inspire, connect, and empower people to create solutions for a sustainable future”. It comprises a series of performances, debates and public installations in and around Toynbee Studios (address below), near Aldgate East Underground station.

For more information, visit the http://2degreesfestival.tumblr.com/ site, follow #2DegreesFestival on Twitter or sign-up to the festival mailing list – https://www.artsadmin.co.uk/mailing-list –  to receive updates.

Address for Toynbee Studios:
28 Commercial Street
London E1 6AB
Box office: 020 7650 2350

Seeds of Permaculture

Ham United Group (HUG) will show the film Seeds of Permaculture this Thursday, 21 May, at the Ham Library Community Space, Ham Street, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7HR.

The film is an interactive documentary about permaculture in the tropics. It focuses on two permaculture education centres in Thailand, where visitors from all over the world come to learn how to be self sufficient, produce zero waste, build homes and gardens, and build communities.

Doors open at 7pm, and the film starts at 7.15pm. Running time is 88 minutes. Entrance is free, but donations are welcome. A discussion will follow the screening, and light refreshments are available.

More information at http://www.hamunitedgroup.org.uk/green-screen/.

Waste not, want not: how the rubbish industry learned to look beyond landfill

A yellow monster truck pushes mounds of rubbish across the summit of Britain’s biggest waste mountain. The 50-tonne beast has huge, spiked, steel wheels that grind mattresses, plastic bottles, trainers and traffic cones into the mud of the manmade peak.

This strange landscape is Packington landfill, near Birmingham. And this week Sita UK, which owns and operates the site, closed its gates for the final time. A boom in recycling, coupled with the 1996 landfill tax have slowly choked the life out of the refuse disposal sector. The charge of £80 a tonne will rise again to £82.60 from April, forcing the industry to deal with its waste in different ways.

Read on at The Guardian website…

Sign Up For The Big Dig

The Big DigThe call is out for Londoners of all ages and experience, to get involved in the Big Dig Day on Saturday 21st March 2015. The day will see thousands of Londoners and many more people across the country don their wellies and get stuck in at a local food growing garden.

The Big Dig Day is the flagship community event of Capital Growth London’s network of over 2 000 food growing gardens located on roofs, in parks and tucked away in hidden corners between houses, by canals and on urban farms. In its fourth year the Big Dig is also run nationally and has helped recruit over 10 000 volunteers to take part in community gardening in the UK. Continue reading