Charlbury Green Hub
RADIO: The End of the World Has Already Happened (3 x 28 mins) Many feel that climate change will destroy the world’s economy, flood cities, cause mass migrations and even cause regional wars, but why is it so difficult for so many of us to engage with it? In this three-part series Timothy Morton, dubbed ‘philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene’, rethinks our psychological relationship with the climate crisis, and our place in the biosphere. Morton cuts an unusual figure, an English literature scholar teaching in a Texas university who spends almost as much time in art galleries and performances as he does writing. He draws on Heidegger and pet cats, William Blake and garden centres, psychoanalysis and collaborations with artists and musicians such as Olafur Eliasson and Bjørk. Feeling guilty and powerless is not the answer: ‘How come we conned ourselves into thinking that being ecological means we can’t have any fun anymore?’ With contributions from psychotherapist Caroline Hickman, journalist Amy Westervelt, and environmentalists George Monbiot and Hilton Kelley.
RADIO: Costing the Earth - Eco Anxiety (30 mins) Is the future of the planet making you depressed? Do you feel paralysed, unable to imagine the happiness of future generations? As global governments fail to respond to the existential crisis of climate change it’s understandable that some people seem unable to conjure up a sense of hope, understandable that dozens of young British women have joined the Birthstrike movement, refusing to bring more children into the world. Verity Sharp meets the eco-anxious and asks if they are ill or simply more perceptive than the rest of us.
BBC TV: 19/04/19 - Weather World looks at how our changing climate impacts life on our planet
RADIO:The Age of Denial From credit cards to climate change, we bury our heads in the sand. Isabel Hardman explores our capacity to deny what's in front of us. The idea of being "in denial" is well known to psychologists. But how does it operate at a community level? The series begins in Norway, with a town where the response to the obvious impact of climate change was...silence.
David Attenborough at the UN Climate Summit “Right now we are facing a manmade disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”
RADIO: Morality in the 21st Century Rabbi (6 x 25mins) Lord Jonathan Sacks explores what morality means in the 21st century with some of the world's leading thinkers, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students.
WWF TV ADVERT: We are the first generation that knows we are destroying the world and could be the last that can do anything about it. This is the choice. The food we eat, the things we buy, the way we live, we can win the biggest battles in the smallest moments, in every second of every day. Are you for the world or against it? It's time to decide . . .
Charlbury Green Hub aims to promote a better understanding of our local countryside, food, energy, travel, and the wider implications for our planet's limited resources and climate change. We write articles regularly in the local Charlbury Chronicle, do food demonstrations including fermentation and sourdough bread, make cider for local festivals, advise on growing apple trees, teach people to scythe, organise monthly tool sharpening visits in the spring, manage the DIY Spares webpage for free paint etc, take thermal images of properties for local householders, advise about making compost and also reducing food waste. We organise recycling at the local festivals, Charlbury Beer Festival, Riverside Festival, Wychwood Fair and Street Fair where we welcome help from volunteers, and we also run a variety of very popular events every year, which are open to all local people and again we welcome volunteers to get involved:
- Pop-up SESI Detergent Refill Station Spendlove carpark, alongside Deep's sourdough bread stall - Second Thursday of the month APART FROM March, June, September, or December when the monthly refill station is held at Charlbury Farmers Market on the second Saturday of those months. Bring along your own bottles or buy an initial filled bottle for refilling next time.
- Bring & Takes in March and October (also collect things for reuse or recycling - water filters, printer cartridges, mobile phones, spectacles, bras, batteries, light bulbs).
- Big Apple Take-Aways every fortnight from late August, until the beginning of November.
- Secure Paper Shredding every May and November.
- Farmers Market stalls every March, June, September, December where people can borrow environmental books (also collect things for reuse or recycling - water filters, printer cartridges, mobile phones, spectacles, bras, batteries, light bulbs). Also pop-up SESI detergent refill station.
- Information display every September at the annual Wychwood Fair and Charlbury Street Fair.
The calendar below covers environmental/sustainable/ethical events happening in Charlbury and beyond. If you would like to offer a lift to an event outside Charlbury then please contact us and we'll flag it up.
5x15 in London, 5 speakers 15 minutes each, held at various locations
Oxford Networks for the Environment (ONE) lists the many public lecture series, events, conferences and seminars across a whole range of departments at Oxford University that are related to the environment.
Good Food Oxford Food events to keep on top of GFO network and other good food-related events!
Cogges Farm Museum at Witney runs lots of interesting hands-on skills workshops.
Wychwood Project lists local environmental events and courses held throughout the year.
BBOWT, the local Wildlife Trust list the many events organised throughout the year within Berks, Bucks and Oxon.
Earth Trust lists the events (many for families) and courses held throughout the year at Little Wittenham or Thrupp Lake, near Abingdon.
Daily Information lists What's On in Oxford Today.
Oxford Museum of Natural History events, many aimed at families.
Interesting Talks Oxford Keeping track of interesting talks, lectures and seminars in and around Oxford
ZOOM TALK: Oxford Swift City Project