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Reel News Update #24: Major new film on climate change

Reel News Update #24: Major new film on climate change

Paris: Climate Change, Militarism and War – the rise of a new militant climate movement Click here to watch video (36 min 38 secs) The Paris climate talks in December 2015 were a con. Despite agreeing a commitment to keep global warming to 1.5°C, the actual plans set forward by governments point to warming of between 2.4°C and 3.7°C – which will mean disaster for the planet. But the Paris talks also signalled an important change in the climate movement as thousands of activists gathered from all over the world to organise global action. The days of lobbying governments are over; now the movement is being led by frontline working class, indigenous and peasant communities, who are taking militant direct action against extreme fossil fuel projects, demanding an end to war, and campaigning for a just transition to renewable energies which would create millions of jobs worldwide - solving the economic crisis at the same time as the climate crisis. This film gives you a chance to hear frontline voices from all over the world, and how the battles against climate change, militarism, war and austerity are increasingly becoming one struggle.

Reel News tour coming soon! Reel News will be taking the film on tour around the UK this autumn, alongside films and speakers from the One Million Climate Jobs campaign, Veterans for Peace and local anti-austerity campaigns. More dates to follow, get in contact if you want to organise a screening where you live ... Dates already confirmed: MOMENTUM FESTIVAL, LIVERPOOL, weekend of September 24 - 25 (exact time TBC) more info on festival: http://theworldtransformed.org/ RADICAL INDEPENDENT BOOKFAIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY,  GLASGOW, Saturday October 22, 7pm CCA Intermedia Gallery, 350 Sauchiehall Street more info on festival: http://www.agitcollage.org/ribproject/


Relics from a Lost Era: How Big Biz Will Get Rid Of Alternative Culture If You Let Them

You must have heard about how in the last 10 years the council has shot down legendary UK venues such as the 12 bar and Madame Jojo’s in the Soho area, where UK subculture thrived for hundreds of years before. Maybe you have thought that soon, there won’t be a place where you can hang out after a tiring day at work. Because if things keep changing so fast, the beating heart of London will soon be replaced by retail money grabbers of soulless corporations. What they don’t know is that the highest bidder won’t keep London alive. It’s something that local people do. And here’s some proof of that.

The UK’s Tin Pan Alley – A Place Once Home To Anyone

We are, of course talking about Denmark Street, where The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, David Bowie and Small Faces used to hang out, getting their first demos ready or just having fun. Up until recently, you could see bands, DJs, cabaret and all kinds of unusual entertainment. It was a place where people could enjoy complete creative and sexual freedom and break away from the stigmas of everyday society. It was a place well and alive with music gigs of all kinds to choose from. But if you visit a few years from now, the only choice you’re gonna get is to shop at Tesco or enjoy a drink ’til 11pm, then it’s off to bed with you. It’s like someone up there declared that this disease of individuality must be stopped once and for all...to give way to mindless consumption and a force-fed, boring middle-class lifestyle.

But There’s Still Hope For Alternative Culture

Even though the council shut down local venues, they can’t get rid of its people so easily. We are still out there, even though somewhat scattered and sometimes directionless. At FFR UK, we want to gather under one banner anyone who’s into different subcultures, let that be punk, folk, goth, reggae, hardcore or anything that goes against the norm. The goal is, to get together so we can organize  amazing, fun music nights with live bands anywhere. We also want to keep some memories of our favorite venues and share them with you. So we (Tara Rez of The Duel and Segs Jennings of The Ruts/Ruts DC) went out to interview some fine people who were still active in the music life of Soho before the end. On our Youtube Channel dedicated to counter-culture reports, interviews, and live music gigs you can check out and share what may be the last records of something great and unique. You will remember to never give in to the pressure of big businesses and their wicked allies. Stick to where your heart is at. The sound of our guitars will break through the silence and our people will be free to enjoy life once again.


This Urban Treehouse Uses 150 Trees To Protect Its Residents From Noise and Pollution

Source: trueactivist By Amanda Froelich Italian architect Luciano Pia merges the best of urban landscape with natural living.

Luciano Pia, a brilliant architect in Italy, has an inspired vision of how people and nature can successfully live together – even in a thoroughly urban landscape. 25 Verde, a lush apartment complex he designed in Turin, Italy, is a woven 5-story mix of trees and steel girders that allow urban residents to feel like they live in a giant urban tree-house.
Every process of planning in the building’s design was taken with natural integration in mind. The asymmetric shape of its terraces and organic architecture allow potted trees to “sprout” out from the building at random intervals. Ponds in the courtyard offer residents a refreshing place to relax in the summer, and the 150 deciduous trees, which shed their leaves in the winter, allow natural light to filter into the building during its darker months.

Not only that, having an abundance of flora around the building keeps the city’s air cleaner and isolates the residents from the urban sounds and smells that surround them. The mass amount of trees surrounding the building are estimated to absorb 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour!

Completed in 2012, this building is located at Via Chabera 25 in Turin, Italy – you can even check it out from afar using Google Maps’ street view!
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Australian Government Admits That They Killed Hundreds Of Koalas

Source: trueactivist By John Vibes koala Australia’s western Victoria Environment Minister Lisa Neville recently admitted that the state killed as many as 700 Koalas, in an attempt to control their population. The killings took place during the years of 2013 and 2014 at the hands of wildlife officials. Neville told reporters that the koala population is “a very challenging and complex issue” and added that the killings were “humane and effective”. “It is clear it’s an overpopulation issue and it is clear that we have had koalas suffer in that Cape Otway area because of ill health and starvation. That’s just not good enough and that’s a terrible way to treat koalas. I’m wanting to make sure that we’re taking the best action we can in this terrible situation of overpopulation,” she said. It would seem that killing koalas is a terrible way to treat them as well, but the Minister says that there are no other options available. “Experience suggests that moving these koalas does not work and that can in fact cause even greater suffering. [The number] continues to increase and that’s why we need to have a look at a koala management strategy to see whether we can reduce that population growth which continues at a very fast pace,” Neville said. “We need to stop their suffering. Our priority must be about treating these koalas humanely,” she added. Is there really no other options for these animals than to kill them? Or is violence the only way that governments know how to solve problems? Share your thoughts with us!


In Love And Peace, Muslims Reach Out To Jews While Condemning Islamist Extremists

Source: trueactivist By Sophie McAdam Muslims formed a 'Peace Ring' around a synagogue in Norway to show their brotherhood to Jews and condemn prejudice and extremism ring After thirteen long years of the so-called War On Terror, which has seen an increase in both Jihadism and Islamophobia on both sides of the Atlantic, Muslims have continuously been criticized for not doing enough to condemn or counteract extremist factions within their religion. Now, with ISIS‘s reign of terror in the Middle East and Fox News’s lies about Muslim no-go areas in Europe, the division between Muslims and non-Muslims seems greater than ever. In many communities in the Western world, hatred, fear and mistrust have replaced freedom of expression, understanding and compassion between fellow human beings. [caption id="attachment_37011" align="aligncenter" width="355" caption="A heartwarming photograph from the Peace Ring facebook"]palestinejew[/caption] But on the 21st February, a seventeen year-old Norwegian girl took a bold and beautiful step to change all that. In response to a terrorist attack outside a synagogue in neighboring Denmark the previous week, Muslim Hajra Arshad decided to stand up to both Islamic extremists and anti-Semitists at the same time. Hajra took to facebook to organize a ‘peace ring’ around a synagogue in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, as we reported at the time. Peace Ring’s facebook page explained: ‘If the jihadists want to use violence in the name of Islam, they must go through us Muslims first. Muslims want to show that we deeply despise all types of hatred of Jews and that we are there to support them.’ peacering2v The event was a great success, with over 1000 Muslims turning up to show support for the cause. There are only around 1500 Jews in Norway, while Muslims make up 8% of the country’s 5.1 million population. Speaking about public misconceptions of Jewish people and global anger over the Israel/Palestine situation, Hajra says: “I think it’s really, really really important that people can distance Israel from Jews,” adding: “There are Norwegian Jews who don’t take sides in politics.” The same can obviously be said for the millions of peaceful Muslims who are feared and abused for their religion. This kind of event could be exactly what we need to start trusting each other again, no matter what our beliefs, skin color or cultural heritage. Tell us in the comments section what you think we could all do to fight prejudice and build bridges!


Coffee Cups Embedded With Seeds Grow Into Trees When Thrown Away

Source: trueactivist By John Vibes A new project called Reduce Reuse Grow is hoping to turn a major source of pollution into a positive solution that plants seeds! The project hopes to build a plantable coffee cup that has seeds built into the actual design. Alex Henige, a senior at California Polytechnic State University is the founder of the project, has created a kickstarter page to fund the new idea. Henige says that customers would be encouraged to plant the cups wherever they wanted, and if by the chance the cup did end up in a landfill, or even on the ground somewhere, it would quickly biodegrade and possibly become a tree in the future. According to the kickstarter page the cups will biodegrade down to nothing in just 180 days. “You’ve produced it. You now have the option to go out and plant it yourself,” Henige said. The fundraising page has the following description:

We have developed a post consumer paper based cup which will be able to extract over 1 ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere annually once planted. We have taken those fibers from local recycling centers, which would usually be too rough to implement back into a packaging product, and created a cup that we are happy to truly name the most eco friendly disposable coffee cup. If you decide to throw away and not plant, no problem. The cup is compost certified and will be able to biodegrade within 180 days leaving the seeds and cup itself to turn into nutrients for other plants to enjoy!

The fundraiser has already surpassed its goal of 10,000 and will be a reality very soon!



Activists Plan Protest Against Secret US Torture Facility In Chicago

Source: trueactivist By John Vibes torturefacility This week, news broke about a secret government facility in Chicago where police have been taking US citizens for off-the-record interrogations. Activists are now beginning to mobilize against what is becoming known as the Chicago black site. According to reports, this site is located at a place called Homan Square, and is routinely used by the Chicago Police Department. According to reports, this site is located at a place called Homan Square, and is routinely used by the Chicago Police Department. When detainees are taken to this site they are literally “disappeared” for an extended period of time. According to local defense attorneys, when detainees are taken to this site they are not logged into official booking database, they are regularly shackled and beaten by police during interrogations and denied access to their attorneys. It was even reported that one man was actually killed during these interrogation processes. “It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place – if you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re there,” said Chicago lawyer Julia Bartmes. To raise awareness about this torture prison within US borders, activists are planning a protest in Chicago this Saturday for 3PM. The protest will assemble at 3379 W Fillmore St. Chicago, IL. Learn more about the protest and join the event page HERE.


An Astronaut’s View Of Earth: What Was Once Beautiful Is Now Dead (Thanks To Humanity)

Source: trueactivist By Sophie McAdam Featuring breathtaking images and a strong message that we really need to fix the damage we have done, before it's too late Col. Chris Hadfied is an astronaut who has seen first-hand the destruction of our planet from space. Sailing through the Southern Lights was a mind-blowing experience, but on subsequent space journeys he has noticed the devastating effects of climate change and population growth. “You can see some of those effects from space; you can see them with your naked eye,” he says. Hadfied talks about the ugly smog over Mexico City, and how the Aral Sea in Asia transformed from the fourth largest sea on Earth to what he calls a “puddle” in just twenty years. “We did this on purpose, as a species,” says Hadfied. “We’re obviously changing the climate at a global level.” So who can we blame? “We can’t wait for some other person to change it,” states Hadfied bluntly. “They don’t have the imperative to do it, especially if we elected them. You can’t say them, or him, or it. It’s us, or me, or I that has to make the change.” Please consider sharing this beautiful and profound interview.


Alaska Becomes 3rd US State To Legalize Marijuana

Source: trueactivist By John Vibes alaska5 On Tuesday, recreational marijuana became legal in Alaska, making it the third state in the US to legalize the plant. However, until 2016 ,when the official regulations go into place, it will still be illegal to buy, sell or trade marijuana in any way. Then, even after the regulated market is established, anyone who wishes to operate outside of the regulated market will still face steep fines and prison time. “You can still give people marijuana, but you can’t buy it — or even barter for it,” Alexandra Gutierrez of Alaska Public Media said. Under the current provisions, Individuals who are 21 years of age or older may possess up to one ounce of marijuana and can grow up to six plants. However, smoking in public is still illegal and could carry a fine of up to $100. Anticipating the passing of the bill, Alaska Governor Bill Walker proposed legislation on Monday which would establish a “Marijuana Control Board” that would punish people who did not comply with the imposed regulations. “Importantly, the bill would give the Marijuana Control Board the power to enforce its regulations, including the ability to use peace officer powers to enforce the criminally punishable laws and regulations relating to marijuana,” Walker said. As many individual states to push to legalize marijuana locally, there are also a number of efforts to end prohibition on a federal level as well. Just recently, 2 different bills were introduced which would federally legalize marijuana.


This Grandfather Kept Wandering Off, Until His 15-Year-Old Grandson Came Up With A Brilliant Idea

Source: trueactivist By John Vibes device 15-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka has invented a device that could help millions of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Shinozuka was inspired to create the device because his 88-year-old grandfather developed Alzheimer’s and his family needed to figure out how they could monitor him in his time of need. This device is especially helpful because Shinozuka’s grandfather, like many Alzheimer’s patients, developed a habit of wandering off and getting lost, which sometimes led to some dangerous situations. With this in mind, Shinozuka has called his invention “Safe Wander.” “I made this sock that lets Conrad know when you walk off your chair or out of bed, and lets him know if you need help,” Shinozuka told reporters. “My grandfather has lost the capability to eat by himself, to walk by himself, definitely to write and read. He can barely speak anymore. So it’s very hard. It’s also very hard for my aunt, his primary caregiver, since she’s the one who has to take care of him all the time,” Shinozuka explained. The sock that he has created is equipped with a sensor that detects the increase in pressure that is created when the foot hits the ground, and then sends an alert to the nurse or caregiver’s smartphone. Shinozuka is currently testing the device on residents of Irvine Cottages, a local nursing home that his grandfather has been living at. “I just couldn’t believe that anyone so young could achieve so much. I thought he was a college student!” Jacqueline Dupont, the owner of Irvine Cottages said. Shinozuka’s invention recently won a $50,000 prize and “Science in Action” award from Scientific American Magazine, and he plans to enter the Google Science Fair in California this September. Eventually, Shinozuka says that he hopes to cure Alzheimer’s alltogeather. “I’d like to solve some of the mysteries of the brain, and invent tools to ultimately, I think, cure Alzheimer’s and other mental conditions that our aging population suffers from,” Shinozuka said.