From 31 October to the 12 November, as world leaders gather in Glasgow for the United Nations climate conference, COP26, Depot is set to hold its annual Climate Action! Festival – a climactic programme of events showcasing the voices of those being affected by climate and biodiversity decline, as well as the powerful civic action that they’re taking, and tangible solutions for a just transition to net zero emissions.
The Climate Action! Festival will offer something for everyone, taking over Depot with informative displays, panel discussions and interactive events for all, featuring collaborations with Lewes Climate Hub and Green United.
Depot will be presenting a diverse programme of four films aiming to inspire through the positive action seen on screen, including; an ambitious vision to grow an 8,000km ‘wall’ of trees stretching across the entire African continent in The Great Green Wall; an ecosystem that defended itself in a lawsuit, claiming its own ‘right to exist’ in Invisible Hand, with post film Q&A featuring lawyers in the UK working to give legal rights to nature; Jozi Gold exposes the damaging fall out from gold mining in South Africa; and experience a cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet in the visually stunning and equally sobering Anthropocene: The Human Epoch.
Natasha Padbury, Depot’s Sustainability Manager, said: “I am so excited to bring our annual festival back to life after a year out due to the pandemic. As the name suggests, we are focusing on action. We know the climate and ecological crisis is real and urgent so it’s time to focus on what we can do on a personal, local and international level to transition to a low carbon future where nature and our planet’s resources can thrive.
We are proud to be part of a growing community working towards long term solutions and take our responsibility seriously to give voice to those who suffer the greatest effects of climate change.”
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.