Every Parp Helps by Grantt Taylor and Heather Poore
“We decided to make a quick quirky film involving my little cousin nancy to attempt to express the idea of the youth being able to invent solutions to every day climate problems. We both like the idea of children being educated an encourage to make a difference. And out amusing film might provide some comic relief.”
We Are Super Volcano by Edward Bateman
“It is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that tiny little “us” cannot possibly be having such a large impact on CO2 concentrations. This video compares human emissions to one of the most powerful and awe inspiring natural forces, volcanoes, to demonstrate just how flawed that mind-frame is.”
On the evening of the 4th of March a very special guest brought the spirit of Climate Week 2013 to Imperial College. Prof. Girardet who is the co-founder of the World Future Council, recipient of UN Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievements’ and currently works as senior sustainability advisor to the Saudi Sustainability Initiative introduced the idea of a modern “Ecopolis”. Drawing on von Thünen’s famous model of 19th century human settlements Prof. Girardet illustrated strategies for environmentally enhancing, restorative relationships between the cities of the future and the ecosystems from which they draw their resources. Sustainable cities are not enough; future cities need to be regenerative!
The picturesque presentation was attended by a broad audience varying from young Royal School of Arts architects to senior Grantham Institute researchers. After an engaging Q&A session the lively discussions about human nature and the feasibility of cities restoring their hinterlands were continued over snacks and wine.
Entries should be between 30-100 seconds long. Although longer entries may be accepted, we encourage shorter films. Short films must be strictly less than five minutes. Advertisement videos must not be more than 1 minute.
Of course it is now very easy to film using mobile phones and edit your film with windows movie maker and other free software.
International or UK submissions accepted.
Team and individual entries allowed. Entries must be original.
Language and themes must be appropriate for general audiences.
In this lecture, Professor Girardet will “suggest that in an urbanising world, cities need to engage in renewable energy development and in restoring the damaged ecosystems on whose health we ultimately depend. We can no longer depend on sustainable cities, but need to develop ones which actively regenerate.” From “Petropolis” to “Ecopolis”; drawing on von Thünen’s famous model of 19th century human settlements Prof. Girardet illustrates strategies for environmentally enhancing, restorative relationships between the cities of the future and the ecosystems from which they draw their resources.
Professor Herbert Girardet is an author, film maker and international consultant. He is a co-founder, honorary member and former program director of the World Future Council. He developed sustainability strategies for London, Vienna and Bristol. In 2003 he was inaugural ‘Thinker in Residence’ in Adelaide, defining eco-development strategies for South Australia which have since been implemented. Herbert is visiting professor at University of the West of England, chairman of the Schumacher Society, UK, and a member of the World Academy of Art and Science. He is a recipient of a UN ‘Global 500 Award for Outstanding Environmental Achievements’.
Professor Herbert has produced 50 TV documentaries on environmental topics. He is author and co-author of 12 books, including: Blueprint for a Green Planet, 1986; Earthrise, 1992: The Gaia Atlas of Cities, 1992 and 1996; CITIES, PEOPLE, PLANET – Urban Development and Climate Change, 2004 and 2008; A RENEWABLE WORLD – Energy, Ecology, Equality, 2009. His report REGENERATIVE CITIES was published in 2011. His books have been widely translated. He has also written many other reports and chapters for books. He has lectured in over 30 countries. He is currently working as senior adviser to the Saudi Sustainability Initiative based in Riyadh.
Date: 4th March 2013 Time: 6pm – 7pm (followed by reception) Venue: Chem Eng LT2, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London
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On the evening of Thursday the 17th of January 2013, Clore Lecture theatre in Huxley became “Clore Cinema” for a couple of hours. The reason: Imperial College Energy Society and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change were hosting the screening of the new multi-award winning documentary ‘Chasing Ice’. Red carpet was laid out and attendees treated to sweet popcorn in small recyclable boxes. “Clore cinema” was filled with some 280 people from college, Imperial alumni and guests (from UKERC, DECC, UCL, KCL, the list goes on).
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s (i.e. James Balog’s) mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence for climate change by capturing ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtakingly fast rate. (Movie released Dec 2012: http://www.chasingice.com/). The film was then followed by a Panel discussion chaired by Professor Sir Brian Hoskins; panelists included Dr Tina van de Flierdt (Senior lecturer in isotope geochemistry, Imperial College London) and Dr Edward King (Senior glaciologist, British Antarctic Survey).
The discussion was mostly based around points made in the film and questions from the audience. All panellists agreed with the movie that the recent rate of recession and disappearance of polar ice caps couldn’t be explained by natural processes; it is another evidence of the scientific consensus that climate change is man made. Dr King and Dr Flierdt also agreed that, although very few glaciers have grown recently, an overwhelmingly large number have either receded to historically low levels and some have vanished as shown in the movie.
Professor Sir Brian Hoskins also commented that developing nations are suffering more from the unpredictable extreme weather events that are resulting from climate change. The discussion was then followed by a networking event over refreshments. One audience member commented, “the film was very effective at conveying the urgency at which we must act to prevent any further damage. Seeing an entire glacier be destroyed before your eyes is a compelling sight, one that should let us all ponder on the consequences of our actions.”
Another attendee, an MSc student from the Centre for Environmental Policy here at Imperial, commented “Chasing ice was a visually stunning and emotionally compelling film that highlighted the need for everyone in the fight against climate change. It’s not just down to the politicians and powerful oil executives – this film showed that with imagination, talent and dedication, one man can communicate the whole issue in an exciting and impactful way. Despite that, the highlight for me was the audience discussion after! Debates between students and ex oil execs; stories about surviving Antarctic winters and personal perspectives on climate issues. Best of all free popcorn to enjoy as it all unfolded – better than any night at the cinema!”
The Energy Society organised a visit to GE Grid IQ Innovation Centre in Bracknell on 5th Dec 2012. Participants had an eventful afternoon, where they were presented with an insight to GE Energy’s organisation structure, a well-organised guided tour of the Grid IQ Innovation Centre and a workshop on personal branding, crucial for job interviews. Senior management, staff and interns of GE Energy also took time off their busy schedule to join in for a panel discussion where many questions about recruitment, career prospects, working life in GE, etc were fielded.
The Energy Society would like to thank GE Energy for facilitating the tour.
Professor Robert Lowe (Chair of Energy and Building Science at UCL Energy Institute) will be drawing on his experience with Part L of the Building Regulations and speaking on the physical issues around dwelling energy performance. He will also share ideas on the problems underlying the concept of zero carbon and mention how regulation might help in some of these areas.
Date - 28th Nov 2012 Time - 12pm – 1pm (followed by Networking over refreshments) Venue - Lecture Theatre 2, Blackett Building, Imperial College London. Event is free but registration required http://robertloweatenergy.eventbrite.com/
Imperial College Energy Society organized a film night social on 5th Nov 2012, screening “The Island President” which attracted about a large pool of students passionate about climate change mitigation and the environment.The event was followed by a discussion cum networking session over pizza and refreshments.
Students questioned the significance of the Copenhagen agreement given its non-legal binding nature. Some felt it would go down in history as a mere footnote while others felt it was a huge step towards a global acknowledgement of Climate Change as the biggest challenge for humanity.
The role of emerging economies such as China and India was also considered. Even though they have low carbon emissions per capita, students felt that all nations should have a fair share of the climate change burden and learn from mistakes made by developed nations. Some suggested this would also create a whole new industry for these emerging nations in clean and renewable energy. In general, students agreed with Nasheed’s plea to aim for carbon neutrality but saw it as an impossible goal to achieve within a decade. One student’s response on our post film online questionnaire said “It is also an almost impossible task to convince other nations to join in the battle against climate change and agree to reduce CO2 levels to 350 ppm. The only way the Maldives can survive the rising sea levels is through the very expensive building of walls and ultimately migration.”
Imperial College Energy Society would like to thank everyone who attended the film night social.
An opportunity to watch the award winning “The Island President” and to mingle with fellow Imperial students interested in Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change. Date: Friday, 9th Nov 2012 Time: 6pm Venue : Electrical and Electronic Building, LT 408
Event is free, followed by debates over refreshments. Registration is required through http://energyfilm.eventbrite.com/