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Arcola Green Sundays: Water

Sunday 1 August 2010
1pm – 6.30pm
FREE – Drop in anytime
All Welcome

Did you know that the water you are drinking today might have been drunk by a dinosaur?  When it comes to water, nature is the original recycler with water moving in a never-ending cycle, constantly being reused.

The Earth is made up of approximately 80% water but only one percent of this water is fresh, two percent is frozen glaciers and the remaining 97% is saltwater.

“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink”

So goes Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, but what does water mean to us?

August’s Green Sundays explores the depths of water – where it comes from, how we use it, ways to conserve it and what is happening with ocean pollution. We’ll be going outside to the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, with an afternoon of fun and informative workshops for children and adults alike.

At 5pm we have the UK premier of award-winning documentary A Sea Change. Chock full of scientific information on the acidification of our oceans and ruminations on a world without fish, the feature length film is also a beautiful paean to the aquatic world and an intimate story of a Norwegian-American family whose heritage is bound up with the sea.


1:00 – 4:00pm
Bring your own picnic or packed lunch, have a look around the space and get involved in our afternoon activities and workshops.

Storytelling for children (3+)

The Story of Water – Do you know how much water is in an apple? Or your favourite pair of jeans? Find out with a fun workshop exploring direct and indirect/hidden water consumption.

What can you find in a Whale’s stomach? The rubbish we throw away can end up in the strangest places. Golf balls, duct tape and sweat pants have all been found in the tummies of whales. What else do you think could end up there? Add your guesses to our whale drawing.

Water filters workshop (children 3+)
Experiment with making your own simple water filters from everyday household materials. Find out what works best; yarn, sand or fabric.

Short film programme

The story of Bottled Water – semi-animated film showing how we’ve given up drinking safe tap water in favour of bottled water within a generation.

Groundwater – learn about the water that’s hidden deep within the soil.

TED TALK – Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

2:30 – 4:00pm
Rainwater harvesting workshop with Something & Son
Learn how and why you could be collecting chemical-free rainwater and experiment with an innovative prototype using upside down umbrellas!   You can save money and energy as only 5% of the water used at home is for drinking or cooking.

Meet at the Eastern Curve Garden at 2:30pm for a short walk to the FARM:Shop

5:00pm – 6.30pm
Experience our new cinema space and enjoy the UK premier of:
A Sea Change
Dir. Barbara Ettinger, 2009, 85mins
Winner of the award for Best World Documentary at the Sedona International Film Festival, A Sea Change follows retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. His mission takes him to Alaska, California, Washington and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of.

A Sea Change is also a touching portrait of Sven’s relationship with his grandchild Elias. As Sven keeps a correspondence with the little boy, he mulls over the world that he is leaving for future generations. A disturbing and essential companion piece to An Inconvenient Truth, A Sea Change brings home the indisputable fact that our lifestyle is changing the earth, despite our rhetoric or wishful thinking.   http://www.aseachange.net/

Arcola’s Green Sundays is a free bi-monthly event aimed at bringing together like-minded people to learn about the various issues surrounding the green movement in an informal and fun way – all welcome, drop-in anytime.

For more information please visit www.arcolatheatre.com/greensundays, contact Jessie@greensundays.org.uk or call the Arcola on 020 7503 1645.

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