Closing date for Responsible Consumer Art Competition

Just a reminder the closing date for the art competition is Friday 23rd July. If you have any difficulty in getting your entry in – for example, if you are currently isolating – please call 800464 and we will make alternative arrangements.

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Workshop on Climate Change for Small Businesses

We’re pleased to announce we will be hosting a free workshop on Climate Change for small Manx businesses. This will take place at The Nunnery Campus, Old Castletown Road in Douglas on Thursday 29th July.

The workshop is an opportunity for small businesses to learn what they need to think about, and prepare for, over the coming years, as well as the likely trajectory of regulation and the opportunities this change will bring.

There will also be some ideas on what steps small businesses can start taking right now.

Speakers include Dr Christa McCartney, Lecturer of Sustainability in Business at UCM, and members of the Isle of Man Government’s Climate Change Transformation Team.

The workshop is part of a programme of events run by the One World Centre and funded by the Isle of Man Government’s International Development Education, Awareness and Strategy Grant.

The event starts at 8.30am with coffee, tea and pastries available from 8am. The workshop is free to attend but please book through Eventbrite here .

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Great day at Global Village

Thank you to everyone who made the Global Village such a fantastic event last week. It was a great celebration of cultural diversity – both in food and performances – and it was brilliant to have charities and groups working in the international development and sustainable development space come along too.

There are lots of photos on our Facebook page here.

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Visit us at the Global Village

It’s July, it’s the Isle of Man, Tynwald Day is nearly here – it must be time for the Global Village!

After an enforced break last year, we are looking forward to another family-friendly celebration of food, fun, song, music and dance from around the world, as well as stalls from Manx charities working overseas and other local groups and organisations committed to creating a fairer and more sustainable future for everyone.

Come and see us down in the Arboretum, just down from the Tynwald Fairfield. Monday 5th July, 10am – 4pm, free entry.

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Free screening of Kiss the Ground

The next free screening in our ‘Sustainable Futures’ film season is Kiss the Ground.

Narrated by Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilise Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies.

Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

The free screening will take place at the Manx Legion in Douglas, on Monday 7th June at 7pm. No advance booking is needed, please just turn up on the night.

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Responsible Consumer Art Competition launched

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new art competition on the theme Being a Responsible Consumer.

Reflecting on Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), our competition asks young people and adults to think about all the stuff we buy – and how and why we might make better choices.

There are two classes of entry. Under 18s are asked to produce a poster and 18 & Over can produce any kind of artwork (provided it is easy to move and store!) The competition is open to all Isle of Man residents and the closing date is 23rd July 2021. We plan to exhibit entries later in the year.

For full details check our competition pages here

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Jumble for Jabs – a way to help provide vaccine equity

With the Isle of Man well up in the tables for most number of people vaccinated against Covid-19, we thought it was time to turn our attention to the many low income countries who are struggling to get access to the vaccines for their people.

Jumble for Jabs is an initiative to encourage people to hold jumble sales, garage sales or any other fundraising event, and donate the money raised to Go Give One, a World Health Organisation scheme to buy and deliver vaccines to poorer countries.

We’ll be holding our own Jumble for Jabs event at the Promenade Methodist Church Hall in Douglas on Saturday 5th June but we’re hoping others will take up the challenge to fundraise over the coming weeks and months. As we all know, Covid-19 knows no borders and none of us will be safe until we are all safe.

More information and links to the Go Give One scheme here

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2040 free screening rescheduled for 21st May

Screenshot of 2040 film
What’s your 2040? Explore more at our free screening

So it’s third time lucky we hope: we have now rescheduled our free screening of 2040 to Friday 21st May, 7.30pm at BHS Studio Theatre.

Presented in association with the Isle of Man Climate Change Coalition, 2040 was conceived by award-winning director Damon Gameau as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter. It explores what the future could look like if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

The screening is free to attend but please book tickets through eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2040-free-screening-tickets-151487678725. Please note that tickets booked last time are not carried over and you will need to book again.

Hope to see you there!

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Fill up on Fairtrade positivity

It’s been a stressful couple of weeks here on the Island with an escalating coronavirus situation. Unfortunately this has led to the events we had planned for Fairtrade Fortnight being cancelled. However, the Fairtrade Foundation has been running an online festival which you can find here. There have been lots of interesting discussions and points of view which you can catch up with “on demand” and there are also more events over this coming weekend including tonight (Friday 5th March) a virtual pub-style quiz which will guest feature Fairtrade Foundation Patron and former Apprentice and Countdown star Nick Hewer. You can register for free here. It’s important to keep the positives in life in mind right now and supporting Fairtrade is one easy way to make a positive difference to farmers and producers in vulnerable communities.

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Free screening of 2040 postponed… again

Sadly we have decided to postpone our free screening of 2040 (due to take place on Friday 19th February) given the latest Covid-19 situation on the Isle of Man. We will reschedule again as soon as possible. Apologies to everyone who booked tickets – we will let you know as soon as we can when we will attempt to screen it again. Third time lucky!

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