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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


If you have the chance to get to the RGS on Saturday 20th of October, there is what sounds like a fascinating day.

INTERDEPENDENCE DAY
In a host of talks, workshops, music, film, art and games, Interdependence Day will explore what it means to live in an interdependent world. For anyone who cares about the earth and the people we share it with. The new and extraordinary challenges that lie before us at the start of the twenty-first century - creeping globalisation, climate change, seemingly unstoppable and impossible to fully comprehend - can appear beyond the control of any one person. Finding ways to take a fresh approach to the defining questions of our time are the inspiration for Interdependence Day 2007.

Speakers
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Mark Lynas, author of High Tide: the truth about our climate crisis, Anuradha Vittachi, co-founder of the Oneworld Network, Andrew Simms, policy director of nef and author of Tescopoly: How one shop came out on top and why it matters, Dr Joe Smith of the Open University and Director of the Interdependence Day project, Ann Pettifor, Co-founder of the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign and author of The coming first world debt crisis, Raj Patel, activist and author of Stuffed and Starved, Peter Chapman, author of Jungle Capitalists, Nick Robins, author of The Corporation that changed the world, James Marriott, founder of Arts Activist network PLATFORM, Heather Ackroyd, of Acrkoyd Harvey, the artists who this summer grassed over the national theatre, and Jon Plowman, BBC Head of Comedy.

Films: Mangetout, the Award-Winning and rarely viewed Modern Times Documentary, and q&a with the director, Mark Brozel, Cheatneutral, the film of the internet phenomenon which unmasked carbon offsetting and Revolutionary cycling cinema

Activities: Pick-up a prescription at the Doctor's Surgery - a drop-in workshop with experts to help diagnose and cure the world's problems; Play your part in crafting a new map of global Interdependence in the historic map room; Hear the latest thinking from key international figures who will offer their own Declarations of Interdependence; Soak up the mini-film festival in the Ondaatje Theatre and question top artists, film-makers, TV and web producers about new ways of looking at the world; Play Climatetalk and devise new ways of acting on climate change; Dive into the deep water through the 'Water Salon' from the Dirt Cafe; hear about the impact of globalisation on the production of local cheese from Patricia Michelson, owner of La Fromagerie; Get sticky with the Carbon Map - tracing the trail of the global oil and gas trade and its effects; Sew a subversive stitch with Guerrilla Craft; Meet artists, designers and authors who are working with environmental change; Join the 'participating in change' workshop to explore ways we can all engage with environmental issues; Get to the core of it by celebrating Apple Day with games, tastings, music and poetry; explore an installation highlighting global interdependence and ecological debt made from locally salvaged materials.


If you do get there, let me know how it went...

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