It has been a hard few financial years and the effects are being felt all around the world which includes the most isolated city of them all, little old Perth. Luckily there are fantastic organisation like Western Earth Carers around who are providing amazing opportunities for free, sustainable fun with a message behind it all as well.
On Wednesday 18th January 2012 there will be a free outdoor screening of the insightful documentary Beauty and the Bike. From 6:30pm you are invited down to the lawn outside the WMRC Offices (to see a map click here) to set up your picnic rug and have some nibbles with family and friends before the movie commences at 7:30pm.
The documentary follows two groups of young women for a year – one group from Darlington (England) and another from Bremen (Germany). In Darlington it is extremely rare to see young girls on bikes yet in Bremen it is the primary mode of transport for the local teenagers. Why? Well the two groups decide they are going to find out why. They visit each area to look into the habits and attitudes that lead one group to shun the lifestyle and another to embrace it. I am sure that the conclusions they come to will be poignant and reflect some very common ‘modern’ attitudes towards sustainability and technology (and whether they can go hand in hand).
Government transport policy is clear, coherent and powerful… The bicycle is heading the way of the horse and cart
– John Adams, Emeritus Professor of Geography, 1993
Below is a short from the gorgeous 55 minute documentary;
This documentary is loaded with so many awesome messages, questions and ideas. Not only does it involve teenagers in the debate about alternative sustainable modes of transport but it also encourages everyone to look into their own lives, question how eco-friendly they really are and then look at what changes they could make to move to greener pastures.
All in all I am really looking forward to this great evening and will make sure to upload some photos of the evening. I might even ride my bike down…
The Quick Details
When: Wednesday 18th January, 2012
6:30pm – 7:30pm; Picnic 7:30pm – 9pm; Screening
Where: The lawn outside the WMRC Offices (to see a map click here)
What to bring: Picnic rug or chair, picnic, friends and family