Climate Action! Festival

31 October – 12 November

As world leaders gather in Glasgow for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, Depot presents a climactic programme of events showcasing powerful civic action, the voices of people being affected by climate and biodiversity decline and tangible solutions for a just transition to net zero emissions.

As well as taking place in tandem with COP26, the programme for Depot’s Climate Action! Festival will be registered as part of Season for Change (A UK-wide cultural programme inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change) and as a UK Green Film Festival event programme.

Presented with support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.

Part of Season for Change, a UK-wide cultural programme inspiring urgent and inclusive action on climate change, led by Artsadmin andJulie’s Bicycle, and supported by Arts Council England and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


Green United: Green on Screen

Sunday 31 October, 10:30

Green United invites you to join them to find out about the local action they are taking to make the world a better and more sustainable place with the world premiere of ‘Green on Screen’, where twelve young people from five local schools have made three short films on environmental topics they care about; Palm OilOcean Pollution,Bees and Animal Poaching


COP with the Climate Hub

Monday 1 – Friday 12 November (excl. Friday 5)
Depot Studio

Throughout the COP26 Summit, affiliate groups of Lewes Climate Hub will be curating a season of exhibitions, workshops, practical information and activities in the studio at Depot. From sustainable food to renewable energy, climate justice to greener travel, join the Hub to explore a wealth of ideas to see what a low-carbon Lewes could really look like.

Invisible Hand

Monday 1 November, 18:00
Post-screening panel focussing on the UK based rights of nature legal movement and civic action being taken locally to tackle water pollution

In the fall of 2014, for the first time in United States history, an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist’. For attempting such a radical act, a rural community of 700 people were sued by a corporation, then by the state government, and are now locked in a battle to defend the watershed they call home through civil disobedience.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Wednesday 3 November, 20:15

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, from concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk Filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.


Jozi Gold

Wednesday 8 November, 17:45

The mines of Johannesburg, or Jozi, have produced a third of all the gold mined in human history. Now the mines are falling apart and the city confronts an environmental nightmare: Tons of radioactive waste polluting the air and turning water into poisonous Acid Mine Drainage.

Former Jehovah’s Witness Mariette is on a mission to uncover the truth about Jozi’s mine waste and force the gold industry to take responsibility.


The Great Green Wall

Wednesday 10 November, 17:45
Post-screening panel with United Nations Association Eastbourne Chairman Ian Elgie (FRGS) and live link with Forestry Project Officer Jonathan Masette in Mbale, Uganda

This award-winning film follows Malian musician Inna Modja who takes us on an epic journey along Africa’s Great Green Wall — an ambitious vision to grow an 8,000km ‘wall’ of trees stretching across the entire continent.


Right Here Right Now

Introduction by councillor Matthew Bird, Lead Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Lewes District Council

Friday 12 November, 10:30

Lewes District Council will be screening a set of short films about the climate emergency with a local focus, exploring how local people feel about issues around climate change and the wide-ranging work underway in response to the challenges we face.