Last Sunday, the doorbell rung. Turned out to be a French camera crew wanting to film the allotments from our flats. I was the only one in our block who had answered the buzzer.
“Entrez,” I said. It was a random meeting but I recognised fellow media-types.
When the director came into my flat, I noticed he had a copy of The Spark under his arm.
“Tiens, voila,” I said, and introduced myself as its guest editor for the summer 2009 issue.
I gave him a copy of The Source, explaining I was now its food editor. (Never one to hold back on networking opportunities, moi. Even on Sunday morning).
He laughed. “I have just been reading that.”
He said he had really liked our features on local food:
Guess what? It turned out Nils Aguilar, the director, and his cameraman, Jérôme Polidor, were filming a movie on Transition. People in France are asking: how shall we eat when the oil runs out? Industrial food production relies on oil-based chemical fertilisers and long-distance transport.
The film is to introduce la belle France to Transition, the vibrant international green movement. Transition encourages practical grassroot local solutions NOW – rather than waiting for the proverbial sh*t to hit fan – and works with existing green groups to achieve it.
Fortuitously, I had just seen the movie In Transition, premiered by Sustainable Redland. I liked it because it shows an amazing range of sustainable projects for food, transport etc which are already up-and-running.
The director agreed: good to be positive.
I had seen The Age of Stupid the previous Sunday at Coed Hills festival in Wales. The human stories were heart-breaking but seemed to link more in my mind to the destruction caused by oil wars and pollution rather than climate change. I can connect them in my head but not in my heart. (Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth woke many up but made me go to sleep – all those graphs).
Is it because – despite my green beliefs – I am in denial too?
What I am trying to say is my meagre grasp of the science does not affect my drive to save the planet.
It is common sense to save our precious non-renewable resources and reduce CO2 emissions to stop the ice caps melting – to search for another way of living.
To paraphrase a comment on George Monbiot’s post about climate change denial:
If you believe in climate change, you end up living in a just and caring world. If you don’t believe in climate change, it’s business as usual: exploitation, pollution, disease and oil wars.
Or as climate change campaigner George Marshall says: the facts are not enough to effect change. You need belief too.
Stop press: I just read a comment on the Transition blog from a woman in Wales whose spring is running dry for the first time in over a hundred years.
Climate change is not an intellectual debate.
Wake up. We need to wake up.