Sponsorship with a twist

Claire & Georgie

 

We met the lovely Claire and Georgie in London last year. Claire sponsored Georgie through ‘the DoNation’; a brilliant project that hopes to create a greener and more sustainable nation by asking people to replace cash with action. http://www.thedonation.org.uk/

 

 

Having fun with cut out animation

 

We had a laugh listening to some of the things that people have DoNated and enjoyed making this digital story using some good old fashioned scissors and camera!

 

Thank you Claire & Georgie

A smile on a stick! Our dabble with solar power…

We met Bab’s on a calm sunny day in the wilds of West Penwith in Cornwall. Bab’s smile could be spotted from the end of the street- signaling that we had arrived (without getting lost for a change!).

A solar powered radio was playing from the rooftop. Apparently this worked beautifully in Senegal… it wasn’t fairing so well in Cornwall however, cutting out every now and then, even on this sunny day!

 

 

Like a lot of people we were thoroughly confused by solar power. My Dad had told me that you’d need to have solar power for 10 years to make it financially worth it. So it was good to learn about solar power from someone in the know and dispel some confusions. Here is Bab’s story-

Bab’s knew about solar power like my nephew knows about superman- very well and with enthusiasm! It was good to understand how solar works and learn about who can have it (not every roof is suitable).

For Bab’s installing solar power is not just about climate change (he laughs, “you cant save the world by just doing solar!”) it’s a rewarding way of “doing his bit”. This is a view that a lot of people we have spoken to this year share… no matter how big or small… they’re just doing what they can. It strikes us that this is a much nicer way to think about climate change than feeling guilty about the things we’re not doing!

Thank you Babs!

Want to write a rap…. about climate change?

Climate change is such a confusing and big subject that if we do talk about it it’s usually doom and gloom- icebergs melting, polar bears dying and negative messages. So we set out to question what climate change mean to us in the UK through capturing people’s stories.

As we’d already decided, climate change needs it’s image lifting! So we met with Jason, a rapper in Wales who goes by the name of Dregz.

So what’s your story? It’s a hard question. Jason’s thoughts on climate change were similar to a lot of people- we’re not used to thinking about climate change in relation to our everyday lives.

After chatting it through, Jason decided that his story of climate change was about his children and their future. For his it was a justice issue. So here’s his rap ‘Views from a Family Man’

Thank you Dregz.

Heather’s Story- our time on the farm

When we set out to collect peoples stories thinking about climate change, we always knew we wanted to speak to people who were out in the elements in their day to day job. So who better than a farmer?

Meet Heather, a livestock farmer in Cornwall. Heather’s kept a daily diary, complete with weather report, since she was 21- very impressive! Over the last two decades she’s noticed some changes and wonders what might happen in the future. So here’s Heather’s story-

We visited Heather a few times in August last year. Strictly speaking, we visited a few more times than necessary, but we just couldn’t pass her farm without popping in. Especially as within seconds of walking into the kitchen, the hot water was on the Aga for the tea, and the tupperware box of goodies was produced from the pantry. On our first visit, Francesca got to sample her first saffron bun – it didn’t disappoint!

Heather’s kitchen is a typical farmers kitchen; paperwork piled up in the corner, numerous mugs across the table, dogs rushing around your feet, and a selection of very comfy mismatched chairs.

After sharing her story, Heathers took us off across the fields in her camouflage buggy looking for a new born calf, very exciting! As we drove around the fields lots of inquisitive faces peered into the buggy looking for food. In this situation you realize just how big beef can get!

Heather talks fondly of her herd – as if they are her friends and we sit back to enjoy the ride.
We had a lovely time getting to know Heather. An endless supply of tea and cake, and some lovely old photographs.

Off to school

Looking at this one Heather hasn’t changed much, especially when she blushes as we flick through.

Thank you Heather!