“This Changes Everything” film festival makes the link between anti-austerity and climate action


The ‘This Changes Everything’ film festival was a great success! We had good turn-out including people from as far afield as Nottingham! The day included lots of good discussions and networking.

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We were really pleased that Growing Newsome, Huddersfield Friends of the Earth, Huddersfield TUC and North Kirklees NHS Support Group joined us to have a stall providing information and reading materials.

The Red and Green Club were really supportive and provided a great venue. We’re really pleased to say that people gave generously in donations for the Club.

It took place on the day before the Greek referendum on the creditors’ proposals for more austerity. We wanted to send a message of solidarity to the Greek people, to support a ‘No’ vote and to call for a European conference to agree debt cancellation for Greece. (You can read more about this, and show your support through this petition http://action.globaljustice.org.uk/ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=4227)


This is directly relevant to ‘This Changes Everything’. Greece and Syriza appear throughout the book as Naomi Klein considers the impact of austerity on climate action as well as people. Indeed, the book’s final words are about Greece:

“A year ago, I was having dinner with some newfound friends in Athens. I asked them for ideas about what questions I should put to Alexis, Tsipras, the young leader of Greece’s official opposition party and one of the few sources of hope in a Europe ravaged by austerity.

            Someone suggested, “Ask him: History knocked on your door, did you answer?”

            That’s a good question for all of us.”

We would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event a great success- either by promoting it, providing films and materials or by joining us with stalls.

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In particular we would like to thank Simon Bowens at Friends of the Earth, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, Ian Crane, Frack Free Somerset, Fintry Development Trust, Jon Goldberg, the Global Justice Now team, People and Planet, everyone at Reel News, War on Want and Granville Williams.


Finally, we’ve done some work to help people in other parts of the country to put on their own ‘This Changes Everything’ film festival. With this in mind, we’ve produced a document (This Changes Everything – film information) with all the information about the films we screened including contacts of distributors and prices.

To read more about the purpose of the festival, here’s Tim Padmore’s blog on the Global Justice Now website http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/blog/2015/jun/26/changes-everything-%E2%80%93-film-festival



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