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Trashed screened at House of Commons

The environmental documentary “Trashed” was shown to about 150 people, including many MPs, anti-incineration campaigners and journalists at a special showing at the House of commons on 7th February 2013. The screening was hosted by actor Jeremy Irons and MP Zac Goldsmith, and the film was followed by a Question and Answer session that also featured Professor Vyvyan Howard. 

Trashed screening at the House of Commons. Source: @candidabrady
Trashed screening at the House of Commons. Source: @candidabrady

The film will be shown again at UKWIN’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), on Saturday 20th April 2013 at the London offices of Greenpeace, and the DVD will be officially released on Monday 22nd April.

Trashed: No Place for Waste is a Blenheim Films production feature documentary, directed by Candida Brady, that received a Special Screening at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and various awards including the Toyota Earth Grand Prix Special Jury prize. Trashed was shortlisted for “International Green Film Award”.

The film is narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons who, as UKWIN reported in December 2012,  has encouraged those who have seen the film to oppose local incinerator plans.

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Question and Answer session following the screening of Trashed. Photograph contributed by D. Shirley.

As reported by LetsRecycle:

Due to the nature of some of its content, [Trashed] has been championed by the UK Without Incineration Network (UKWIN), with over 40 UKWIN members attending the showing.

The event was also covered by Resource Magazine who tweated that Trashed is “A film worth seeing”  and “It’s a great film that deserves as much attention as possible.”

Those who have seen the film speak out:

Before I came I was in favour of an incinerator in Gloucestershire because I felt the alternative landfill was a dreadful solution. Since seeing the film I’ve realised that incinerators are a dreadful solution too and the only answer is to really get behind MBT, reduce packaging and go for zero waste.
– Gloucestershire resident

What can I say? Wow!! That film was outstanding. On a par with some of the very best BBC documentaries…There where some shocking scenes from 3rd world countries but also some very very worrying facts from western countries as well as our own back yard. As I have said this should be compulsory viewing for all decision makers. Councillors and MPs alike.
– Gloucestershire Councillor

All families, including youngsters, should have access to see this inspirational film. Without sensationalising the subject or taking a bias stance, this analytical review of the impact of humans on the environment, through the effect of the unsustainable waste we generate, really brought it home to me that we need to change our behaviour immediately. It is important that all our democratic decision makers and those involved with the manufacture of packaging and products find time to absorb the messages in this production…We all need to support the excellent work the protesters are carrying out.
– Borough Councillor

I was both appalled by the current state of affairs and encouraged because this film could cause a shift in human awareness. I often go into a shop to buy something without a bag, but now I will make sure that I take one with me. Trashed is a life changing movie, if enough people could watch this film there would be a general shift in our understanding and a change in our destructive behaviour.
– Gloucestershire resident

UKWIN Chair Callum MacKenzie with campaigners from Gloucestershire prior to the TRASHED screening at the House of Commons
UKWIN Chair Callum MacKenzie with campaigners from Gloucestershire prior to the Trashed screening at the House of Commons

According to Cobham campaigner Kirsten Johnson, Trashed is: “Great, fantastic, thought provoking, inspiring, shocking, factual – a great tool for anyone trying to reduce waste, fight incinerators and pollution!”

Kirsten, a local mother of two living in Cobham explained how she felt “faced with a desire to find out if a local planning application for a waste wood incinerator was really as green as it sounded”.

Following some intense research, Kirsten and several other concerned members of the Cobham community established a campaign group, a name, a website and and an on-line petition. According to Kirsten own account of her journey at this stage she “was yet to realise the enormous work load” that anti-incineration campaigning can entail.

Fighting a campaign well is about being totally dedicated. This can only come from a passion to succeed. When you really want to achieve your goal, the time you thought you never had for it, becomes available.

Indeed, Kirsten was soon locating funds, reading doorstop-sized documents from consultants, hooking up with other campaign groups, surfing the web, and talking to people, including UKWIN Coordinator Shlomo Dowen. She also found that getting involved in local politics was crucial, something she never intended in her life before. Kirsten also became passionate about saving the forests and arable fields earmarked for incinerators such as the one she so successfully opposed.

The whole global issue of deforestation, climate change, flooding, carbon sequestration, plant loss and animal extinction just doesn’t make sense if we are going to create hungry stomachs (i.e. incinerators) that need feeding 24/7…

Events, like to screening of Trashed at the House of Commons, that encourage anti-incineration campaigners to gather and share notes and draw inspiration, are to be celebrated. To find out more about UKWIN, and to be invited to the AGM, please contact UKWIN Coordinator Shlomo Dowen.

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