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In season 5 of our Green Screen we showed ‘The Vanishing of the Bees’, which followed two Bee keepers as they tried to maintain their pollination contracts. Their difficulty stemmed from the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth.
Now in season 6, we bring you ‘Queen of the Sun’ which continues along the same vein, describes how that mono-culture and pesticide use are leading to the wiping out entire colonies of bees.  Colony Collapse Disorder not only affects Bees, but in turn will kill off birds and plants. As our [hidden] food systems gives the impression that we are seperated from the natural world, ‘Queen of the Sun’ helps us understand how utterly dependent we are on bees in the process of plant pollination.
The Bees have a message, what are they telling us?

This next movie night will change back to the regular Thursday slot.
Thurs Dec 1, 8pm
Hole in the Wall, High St

Like many others I first met Richard through his book ‘The Growth Illusion’. His writings changed my world view, influenced many of the decisions I made throughout my life and are the root cause of the large volume of books I have amassed on economics and sustainability. In the last few years, through the Transition Town movement, I had the pleasure of meeting Richard on a regular basis and becoming his friend.
He was always willing to travel from Westport to speak at conferences we organised and to help us in our efforts to introduce the Liquidity Network to the local Council. His passing this week is a great loss to society and all of us in Future Proof Kilkenny are saddened by the news.

We will remember him for his generosity of time, his optimism and profound intellect, but most of all for his infectious laughter.

The second Green Screen event of this season continues this
Tues 8 November, 8pm at the Hole in the Wall.
We will show 2 shorts focusing on the issues of Food, energy and resilience.

The Canadian tar sands oil extraction is a clear message to the world that we’re on the brink of oil depletion. The energy invested on such poor returns along with devastating environmental impacts is just another story in spelling out our desperate addiction to oil.

A closer look at the scarcity of oil as illustrated by Richard Heinberg and Colin Campbell give us great concerns about our future without oil. But for many, its all too easy to keep our heads buried in the (tar) sands.

So how could we grow our food without oil?

A Farm for the Future…

follows film maker Rebecca Hosking as she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future.
Colin Campbell and Richard Heinberg contribute, permaculture, forest gardens, gardening vs farming, biofuels, biodiversity, industrial farming and no-till farming are all covered. It seems certain that present methods cannot go on feeding Britain as they are highly dependent on fossil-fuel. The film concentrates on the necessity to find a new way to feed the nation.
This highly praised BBC documentary provides answers in the most unexpected ways.
Trailer A Farm for the Future

Surfing the Waves of Change…

is an animation exploring the idea of community resilience using the metaphor of a surfer to explain how communities can make themselves more resilient in these changing times. This project is supported by The Carnegie UK Trust, Comhar Media Fund and Trocaire.
Trailer Surfing the Waves of Change

After the usual summer recess,  Future Proof Kilkennys’ Green Screen returns to The Hole in the Wall bringing movies with imporant and usually entertaining messages to Kilkenny.  Through Oct/Dec we’ll be showing 4 movies each with a different theme, Fracking, Food, Forestry and Family.

The Green Screen sees no shortage of relevant, thought provoking films that are being produced throughout the world today. We are delighted to begin Season 6 with a movie about an issue that has recently become the hottest topic in the world of environmental/energy responsibility.

GASLAND follows filmmaker Josh Fox, who is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND.

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a means of natural gas extraction employed in deep natural gas well drilling. Read more on Gasland website

But Fracking has also become a sensitive issue in Ireland, where in one case ‘a new gas-extraction method known as ‘fracking’ could open up huge energy deposits in the Lough Allen basin. But, with not a hole drilled, disagreements over its environmental effects have already begun. Read more in this Irish Times article

When: Tues Oct 25, 8pm
Hole in the Wall, High St. Kilkenny
A suggsted donation of 5euro is much appreciated but not required.

Dates for the other three movies are as follows and details on each will be added soon

FamilyPlay Again, Tues 8 Nov
FoodA Farm for the Future & Banana Split, Thurs 1 Dec
ForestryQueen of Trees, Thurs 15 Dec




15th& 16th October 2011

Weekend of Celebrating Music- Dance- Art-Making



The Meitheal takes place from Saturday the 15th October 2pm to 10.30pm and Sunday the 16th October 10am to 4pm. It will be held in the Camphill Jerpoint Community, Thomastown in the old barn. Participants of all ages and children with their families are welcome. All activities and the whole weekend is free of charge. We appreciate participants to bring either fresh vegetable or other delicious foods. We are also looking for volunteers to help during the two days. In the following areas:

  • Preparing the venue on Saturday 12pm – 2pm
  • Cooking
  • Child-minding
  • Tidying up the venue on Sunday 2pm – 4pm

Please let us know if you like to lend a hand!



2pm – 4pm Drumming

Outdoor activity:

Tipi building Saturday 2pm – 5pm

4.30pm – 6pm Kirtan Singing

6pm Supper

7.30pm – 9pm Storytelling

9pm Funky Dance Party 10.30pm Ending

10am – 11am Folkdance
– Music-making or Visual Art

Outdoor activity:

Nature-walking Sunday 10am -12pm

11am – 12pm Yoga or Visual Art

12pm – 1 pm Kirtan Singing

1pm Lunch

2pm Ending

For further information about the Meitheal, please contact Jens phone 0863417092 or email . If you decide to come, we suggest to take part in the whole programme, if possible! – Please confirm your place as soon as possible with Jens or   you may contact other members of the organising team: Vered and Boaz ph.0861910302 / email and Dieter ph.0863137375  / email .

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