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Climate Change

In Transition

In Transition 1.0 from Transition Towns on Vimeo.

An inconvenient truth

Former Vice President Al Gore presents an eye-opening and compelling view of the future of our planet – compulsive viewing.

Running time 93 minutes.

Al Gore’s latest thinking on Climate Change

A talk given in the early summer of 2008.  The message is yet more urgent as he stresses the need to take this issue into the political arena and mobilise public opinion.  Running time 25 mins

The 11th Hour

Produced and presented by Leonardo DiCaprio – an urgent and transformational look at the last moment we can change course and halt our decline into global ecological collapse.  Includes contributions from Stephen Hawking and Mikhail Gorbachev.  Running time 88 minutes.

The Truth about Climate Change

David Attenborough’s personal journey across our changing planet.  What is the future for our world?  A BBC/Open University production.  Running time 118 minutes.

An Incontestable Truth

The UK All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group has sets out a disciplined approach to address climate change through a framework of “contraction and convergence”.  Many eminent contributors.

The Convenient Solution

A Greenpeace presentation showcasing clean energy and localised solutions to climate change.  Running time 15 minutes.

The Age of Stupid


Peak Oil

The End of Suburbia

With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, a number of key experts explore the American Way of Life as society approaches a critical era of energy depletion, where global demand for fossil fuels outstrips supply.

Running time 78 minutes.

Escape from Suburbia

Audience: Particular interest for those who have seen the End of Suburbia and very useful for those that want to some solutions for when our oil dependent lives are cut short

Format: DVD Screening. Two years in development, this second film in the trilogy looks at how Peak oil and climate change take centre stage in this irreverent yet intimate portrait of three characters and a small town preparing for the most dramatic transition in modern history.

Running time: 95mins

Crude Impact

In 1956, the Shell geologist M. King Hubbert shocked the oil industry with his prediction of a global oil production peak at the turn of the century.  This film unravels the complex entanglement of our fierce devotion to oil and offers an inspirational vision for change.  Running time 98 minutes.

A Crude Awakening

The oil crash – we are running out and we don’t have a plan!  A shocking wake-up call that does for energy what Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” did for the environment.  Some of world’s top experts highlight the critical need for sustainable alternative energy sources in a compelling call to action.  Running time 82 minutes.

Peak Oil – imposed by nature

A film made in Britain and Norway that clearly sets out the key implications of the imminent peaking of global oil supplies and a future of inexorable decline.  Running time 30 minutes.

The Power of Community

How Cuba reinvented its society as it lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1990s.  A very positive film that tells a story of hardship, ingenuity and triumph over sudden adversity – through cooperation, conservation and community.  “One of the most important and hopeful stories of the past few decades” according to world Peak Oil expert Richard Heinberg.  Running time 53 minutes.

Powerdown Synopsis and Interview – Richard Heinberg

Audience: For those that have seen the series of DVDs such as Peak Oil, End of Suburbia and The Power of the Community and anyone else that wants to read the book but is struggling for time!

Format: DVD Screening. Human ecologist Heinberg gives us a fascinating chapter-by-chapter synopsis of his visionary book, Powerdown, plus an in depth interview about life after fossil fuels.

Film time: 2hrs

A seminal interview on oil depletion – Colin Campbell

Audience: A continuation of the Peak Oil series – for those that have seen the series of DVDs such as Peak Oil, End of Suburbia and The Power of the Community.

Format: DVD Screening. The veteran petroleum geologist explains the basics of Peak Oil, gas depletion, petroleum geology, geo-politics and the role of the free market in depleting energy reserves.

Film time: 40mins

Matt Simmons on Saudi Oil

Audience: A continuation of the Peak Oil series.

Format: DVD Screening. The chairman of the world’s largest energy investment banking firm offers a painstaking assessment of the oil reserves in Saudi Arabia which dispel the myth that growth in production is possible.

Film time: 4hrs

A Convenient Truth

A story of hope from Brazil (PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE AL GORE FILM)

Audience: For those that want to see examples of how to develop good Transport and community systems.

Format: DVD Screening. An important film about a marvellous city and its people called Curitiba where the problems of poverty, seasonal flooding, waste, transport and slums have been solved with little money but much political will and many ground breaking ideas. If you have any concern about what is happening to our planet Earth and wonder if there are any solutions to our present problems, you need to see this film. It’s uplifting!

Film time: 52mins

Trade Justice

Black Gold

Wake up and smell the coffee.  A provocative documentary that has already changed the way the millions of people drink coffee.  It tells the story of Tadesse Meskela, representative of 74,000 Ethiopian coffee farmers, as he struggles to defend them against western exploitation.  A moving but scandalous story.  Running time 78 minutes.

Democracy and Civil Liberties

Taking Liberties

A thought provoking inquiry into the erosion of our UK basic liberties in recent years amidst a climate of fear created by the media and government.  Comments from Mark Thomas, Boris Johnson and Tony Benn as well as other leading politicians, celebrities and human rights activists.  Running time 101 minutes.

The War on Democracy

John Pilger’s expose of the disastrous impact of US foreign policy on the politics of Central and South America.  Cannes Film Festival award winner – an extraordinary and fascinating documentary.  Running time 94 minutes.