We're grassroots Heathrow residents proving that communities less dependent on oil can be more resilient, stronger and happier. We take direct action on climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy by transitioning to a post-oil, community-led future for the Heathrow villages.
On Sunday 1st March, 1pm, Grow Heathrow’s 5th birthday presents “The Enemies Within”, a verbatim account from the miners, their wives and families, who took part in the Miners’ Strike 1984-85. It is their voices, as recounted to a group of actors from the Young Vic Theatre in the summer of 1985 and subsequently performed at that theatre, and 25 years later at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, and the Barnsley Working Mens’ Club.
They describe the experiences they went through in the struggle for their jobs, their democratic rights, and the very future of their communities. And it is also a record of the brutal oppression and violence they were met with in the course of that struggle. Their lives were changed forever. As was the future of all trade unions. But the struggle continues. And their resistance continues… their voices can be heard just as clearly and passionately today.
On Thursday 13th December, from 7pm in the Five Bells Pub, Harmondsworth; Transition Heathrow have organised a FREE film screening of climate change documentary ‘The Age of Stupid’.
It will be an opportunity to get local community groups together, so we can share what we all are doing, look for collaborations and to think about how our community can become more resilient in the economic and ecological crises. And of course, there will be popcorn on hand too.
Please pass on this call out and poster above, and put the date in your diary. Would be great to see you or a representative from your community group there.
*** The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055 …………. Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? ***
A massive food fight is hitting the Heathrow villages. A massive, intercontinental fight between the 99% and the 1%, to control food.
In the Heathrow villages, the powerful supermarkets have left us worried about whether we can put food on the table for our families. Some residents have resorted to scavenging hundreds of pounds worth of good quality food from supermarket bins, where they throw it away ever day, safely wrapped in clean bags. In 2012, dozens of busy Heathrow villagers this year visited Grow Heathrow, the organic garden in Sipson, to learn how to grow their own food on windowsills and local abandoned flowerbeds. For 99% of Londoners, sowing the seeds of change tastes like fresh home-grown tomatoes and never having to visit the corporate, tax-dodging supermarkets that are owned by the 1%. The seeds of change are sprouting.
4000 miles away, an award-winning film crew flew to lush coastal villages, sailed on choppy sea waters and pushed, jostled and bustled through noisy concrete jungles to bring us the breathtaking story of the 99% in Venezuela, the underdogs who are winning the food fight. From cocoa growers overthrowing the boss and sharing his profits between them, to fisherfolk working together to save the endangered sea turtle and make enough money to feed their families, the critically acclaimed film opens our eyes to the power of the 99%.
Join us at 6.30pm on Thursday 6th December to join the food fight and learn how the grassroots 99% can beat the corporate 1% in the global food fight. At Grow Heathrow in Sipson, we’re opening our doors for an open evening, with a guided tour and free public screening of Growing Change, the award-winning film from Simon Cunich that reveals for the first time the breathtaking Venezuelan food fight.
Here’s another date for your diary. On Thursday 7th June, as the next installment of Grow Heathrow’s first Thursday of the month off-grid film club, we will be showing the Transition Network’s brand new film In Transition 2.0
Filmmaker Emma Goude will be making the journey up here and will be taking questions after the film. We are inviting every Transition Town group across London and from the Thames Valley region to come and watch it with us so it should be a packed greenhouse.
Watch the trailer here and don’t miss out on this free film screening, starting at 8.30pm. Crash space is available if requested.
In Transition 2.0 is the new film from Transition Network, capturing inspiring stories of Transition initiatives around the world, responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and ‘engaged optimism’.
April the 28th and 29th will see a weekend packed with activity at Grow Heathrow, all about grassroots renewable energy solutions. We’ll be working with wind turbines, solar panels, bike generators, rocket stoves, earth ovens, wood burners, solar ovens, sound systems, and more.
Saturday will be a day of designing, building discussing and tweaking. We’ll be continuing work on the Transition Heathrow bike generator, building some DIY solar panels, plumbing in hot water to our shower, building a rocket stove, and taking the Grow Heathrow wind turbine down for scheduled maintenance. In the evening there will be pizza from our earth oven and a special off-grid screening of ‘Pulling the Plug’, a documentary about the future of the UK’s electricity supply.
Sunday will be a renewable energy open day for locals to come along and check out all the projects that Transition Heathrow and our visiting guests have been working on, including some nifty practical demos. It will be a fantastic opportunity for people in the community to get hands-on experience of different types of renewable energies, and to learn more about what renewable energy is, and why it’s becoming increasingly important in our communities.
Join us from 2 to 6pm on Saturday, or 12 to 4pm on Sunday. All ages and levels of experience welcomed.
Come and join us and Frank Lopez (The Stimulator) in Grow Heathrow’s off grid cinema for a screening of his latest film END:CIV, afterwards he will be holding a Q&A session to discuss the film.
On Thursday 5th April starting at 8pm don’t miss a great opportunity to watch a powerful, thought provoking film and discuss ideas and issues surrounding it with the films director. All within the beautiful surroundings of Grow Heathrow and with more popcorn than you can shake a carrot at! Spread the word, see you all there. Suggested donation of just £3.
END:CIV “examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?” “
‘Just Do It’ – the new feature film documentary which follows climate change activists from groups such as Plane Stupid, Climate Camp and Transition Heathrow over the past few years is to be shown in the Heathrow area on Thursday 22nd September. The film showing will be hosted by ourselves and local community café the ‘Com.Cafe’.
Following the risky business of climate activism and direct action which has never been caught on camera before – the film follows activists on their mission to make sure the issue of climate change gets the full attention it deserves. The film is all about action rather than words. Where politicians speak and nothing happens – ‘Just Do It’ showcases those individuals who put there bodies on the line and face arrest to ensure action happens.
The resistance to Heathrow’s now scrapped 3rd runway features heavily in the film as does the story of the birth of Transition Heathrow.
The screening will be followed by a special Q&A session.
SCREENING INFO (Everyone Welcome):
WHERE: The Com.Cafe, 60 Byron Way, West Drayton, UB7 9JD
WHEN: Thursday 22nd September, 18:30 – 20:30
COST: FREE (Some drinks and refreshments on offer from the Com.Cafe)
The hype has been unbearable but finally the wait is over. On Friday, Just Do It the film will be revealed to the country as it hits cinemas across the UK.
Showcasing those who have been involved in direct action protests around the issue of climate change over the last couple of years, the masks are finally taken off and it is revealed who is behind all the trouble.
Grow Heathrow features heavily in the film as 3 of the main characters Lily, Rowan and Paul explain how using direct action to engage with communities has had a big part to play. The film includes footage of ‘Grow Heathrow – the Beginning’ and tells the story of the squatting of the Berkely Nurseries site and how it fits into the growing wave of action on climate change.
We have now all seen the film and agree with most of the conclusions it makes. Capitalism has always been the problem and the film doesn’t try to deny this. For me, what the film does well is document a journey from someone who is worried about climate change and simply wants to ‘bring down emissions’, to the realisation that actually capitalism is the system perpetuating climate change and that the battle to stop the worst affects of climate change is actually part of a much bigger picture and wider battle for justice.
On Wednesday night we were invited to go and watch one of the first film screenings of new film documentary The Crisis of Civilisation at Imperial College London. The film investigates how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single failed global system.
With brilliant animations throughout, the film doesn’t sidestep any of the big issues. Each chapter always refers back to capitalism as the system that is causing and perpetuating almost every global social issue. If you haven’t quite got your head around the massive problems in the world and what is causing them then this is a great film to watch as each crisis is broken down and explained extremely well.
Particularly interesting to us at Grow Heathrow was the emphasis placed on the centralisation of land ownership in the hands of very few people as being a root cause of many of the failures of the current system. The film proposes that it is only through reclaiming land and returning it to productivity that we will be able to build resilient communities and start to create alternatives. Dispossession and the loss of skills necessary to sustain ourselves have left us dependent on a deeply destructive global system that is addicted to oil – leading to climate change, the exhaustion of the world’s oil supplies, food instability, and underpinning much of the geopolitics that lead to international terrorism.
Check out the trailer HERE and keep an eye out for its future release soon. It’s definitely worth watching.
On Friday 15th April, from 7pm – 10pm indigenous activists resisting the Alberta Tar Sands will join with Transition Heathrow for a workshop on building community resilience and the UK Premiere of the Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands! The visit is part of the 2011 Tar Sands Tour.
7:00 pm What are the Tar Sands?
Learn more about the Tar Sands giga-project and the growing resistance.
What have they got to do with us in the UK?
Learn about how the UK is involved in the tar sands and the vibrant movement in the UK working in solidarity with First Nations community members to shut down the tar sands.
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta, and also works as Greenpeace Tar Sands Climate and Energy Campaigner.
Jasmine Thomas is a member of the frog clan from Saik’uz British Columbia, Canada. She is strongly opposed to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project that plans to cross through her own and 52 other First Nations unceded traditional territories in British Columbia and Alberta.
Clayton Thomas-Muller, of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation is an activist for Indigenous rights and environmental justice and Tar Sands Campaigner with IEN
UK Tar Sands Network works in solidarity with IEN to pressure UK companies and banks to disinvest from the Alberta Tar Sands
Grow Heathrow is under threat of eviction. Since 15 Aug 2014, bailiffs may arrive unannounced at any time. This will be the same long term, unless the landowner lets us buy the land. What's the Latest?
“Grow Heathrow is a great example of how an interested party of dedicated individuals has really made a difference in a devastated community, in this instance from the decade by decade expansion of Heathrow airport. I sincerely wish the Grow Heathrow project well in their bid against eviction - as a shining light of what can be done with lots of vision and very little money.” by STEFAN GEYER, PERMACULTURE ASSOCIATION
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