While the old Beacon Cinema hasn’t been used for years and currently undergoes renovations to become a doctor’s surgery, it seems that there are more and more microcinemas operating on Wray Avenue.
It’s a really interesting film about a guy called Colin Beavan who aspires to reduce his (and his poor family’s!) impacts on the world by changing his behaviour to eliminate any waste, pollution or resource depletion that he produces.
Therese from Gourmet on Wray commented earlier today, in relation to the dirty energy we’re forced to use, “Why am I paying for this with my money and my planet when cheaper and safer versions already exist?”
I love the way that she expressed this idea, recognising that we are paying for things with our planet – not just money.
One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is going to be reconciling this with our culture and behaviour: how can we keeping using of the world until there is nothing left?
This can be a challenging film as Colin takes his challenge to it’s most extreme possible ends (such as switching from toilet paper to rewashable linen clothes). It’s important to keep in mind though that he is exploring what is possible, and not advocating every viewer must adopt his methods. It’s not meant to be a guilt trip.
Instead, what you should take from this film is inspiration that we can take personal responsibility for our actions and our demands of the world we inhabit. It can provide you with just a few simple ideas as to how you can reduce your impact on the planet.
I really recommend getting along if you’re free – and hopefully walking or riding instead of using a car!