The climate crisis has been an ongoing problem for many years, however with many people worried that we are running out of time, more groups and businesses such as Partisan and the Co-op in Salford, are joining in with doing their bit to fight against it.
Partisan Collective is a co-operative space for independent, DIY, cultural and political activities, and this autumn. they’ll be hosting a series of free community cinema events to encourage more people to fight for a change.
They will be showing ‘A Life on Our Planet’, followed by collective ‘zine’ making, and a discussion.
The sessions will take place on Saturday 6th November, Sunday 14th November, Saturday 20th November, and Sunday 5th December at Partisan Collective on Regent road, Salford.
Lisa is one of the volunteers at Partisan who will be organising this event. She said: “we were approached by a Partisan Member a while back, and they had the idea to collaborate with the WWF on something environment related. We were keen to do that because it’s a matter that’s really close to our hearts.
“It’s something that a lot of our members are interested in, so we’ve been talking with them for a while, and the idea emerged that we could partake in showing these screenings in a collaboration with WWF to engage with other community groups, also we want to get to know them and, watching a film together, we thought that would be quite a nice occasion to meet new people.”
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Lisa said that they chose to show A Life on Our Planet because “it’s clear, encouraging, and really beautiful to watch, but also makes you want to take action. It kind of naturally evolved through WWF.
“I just think its really nice and accessible for different age groups and people from different backgrounds and it gets you thinking about the planet and our collective home.
“We’ve already had one of the screenings and, I don’t know if you’ve watched the film, but it has quite tough imagery and just the prospect of what is going to happen to our planet if we don’t change anything is scary. So, we discussed how we felt about it, how we felt hearing about that prospect, but also how we now want to take action and what we can do.
“So, it kind of just sparks a discussion about what we can do in our neighbourhood but also what we can do more nationally in terms of putting pressure on the government and organizing and protesting against the climate crisis.”
Anyone in the community is encouraged to get involved and attend the free screenings and discussions, but they have specifically sent out invitations to local community groups such as Islington Mill.
“We’re trying to mix different groups together that maybe wouldn’t have gotten chance to speak to each other and let members of these community groups engage in the discussion.”
After each session, a collective ‘zine’ will be made, which is a very small magazine.
“We’ll have a couple of pages that represent the ideas that people have wanted to share with others, and then that zine will be given out to everyone that was at the screening. It will also potentially be shared with other community groups in our neighbourhood.
“Everyone has been encouraged to record what they feel, their thoughts, and what they would like to see as outcomes, it will be quite visual, like an archive that can be taken and developed further later on.”
“We’re hoping that more projects will come from this, and people will get more ideas and come together and create change in our neighbourhoods and in our homes in Salford. I feel like that’s what Partisan is so good for, just to meet other people you would have normally not met and finding a common ground and building something on that.”
Partisan Collective is hoping to do much more for the climate in the future, as they are currently involved with the community gardens that are at the back of Partisan and Islington Mill. They are hoping to hold some educational sessions about food and the environment, to show how everything is connected.
“I think Salford Is doing really well in supporting community groups and doing what they do, and I think that’s what the strength is of Salford. Although, I think it’s always good to have everyone more connected, there should be more opportunities to meet each other and see what everyone else is doing, and to support one another, that would be great.”
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As well as this, Salford Co-op stores will be hosting a ‘soft plastic recycling’ launch event on Wednesday the 3rd November, on Chapel street.
This new scheme allows anyone to put their soft plastics (such as crisp packets and bread bags) into a recycling unit at their local co-op, in response to helping the climate crisis and encourage recycling.
The event is taking place at 11am at Vimto Gardens, Chapel street, and anyone can attend.
Member Pioneer for Co-op stores in central Salford, Jess Robertson, said: This launch event will give our local community the opportunity to see the differences we are making with our soft plastic recycling units, and hopefully spread awareness of the scheme.”
“We’ll be on board to answer any questions, give demonstrations on what you can recycle, and discuss the impact these bins will have.
“If we can reduce this waste going into landfill and give it a second life, this will contribute to the goal of creating a greener planet.”
These Co-op bins make recycling easier than ever, as they are being placed at four different stores in Salford, and the waste does not need to be bought from their stores.
“In our area, you can currently find these recycling bins the Co-ops at Cornbrook Hub, Chapel Street, Middlewood Locks and Clippers Quay.”
“I think the awareness has spread and improved over the last few years and it’s clear to see that people in Salford care about about recycling for the good of the environment.
“There’s always opportunity to do more, and this scheme is a really positive step forward for the community as a whole, on the journey to fighting the climate crisis.”
The Co-op also have other future plans to further tackle the climate crisis. One of which, includes removing all single use plastics in Co-op branded packaging by 2023.
“We want to introduce full compostable teabags later this year and we’re also running a campaign currently, called ‘Count Us In’, which supports our members to come together and protect what we love from climate change.”
you can visit their website for more information on this scheme.