As Glasgow hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), The Phoenix Cinema has teamed up with Orkney Islands Council and Take One Action Orkney to show three films exploring issues around climate and community.
Each of these screenings are free to attend, but tickets must be booked in advance as space is limited.
The first screening, Living Proof: A Climate Story, shows next Thursday (4 November) at 1pm and 7:30pm, and explores Scotland’s complex relationship to the global climate crisis through film and music.
On Friday (5 November), What the COP: Guardians of the Earth, screens at 5:30pm. This documentary gives insight into The Paris Agreement and exposes behind closed door negotiations while revealing the clash of forces which shape our future.
What the COP: Thank You for the Rain is the final film screening on Sunday (7 November) at 3:30pm, and offers a moving portrait of resilience on the frontlines of climate change with first-person accounts and stunning cinematography.
James Linklater, Managing Director of The Pickaquoy Centre, said: “We are delighted that we can show these three very important films free of charge to the Orkney community, in partnership with OIC and Take One Action Orkney. Spreading knowledge of climate issues and helping people understand what they can do on an individual level is vital to tackling this climate emergency.
“From our own perspective, Picky is constantly looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint, such as the recent installation of LED lamps across the facility, and we have a number of initiatives in the pipeline that we hope will come to fruition in 2022.”
Adele Lidderdale, Orkney Island Council’s Climate Change Officer, said: “COP26 has got everyone talking about climate change issues, and provides us with a great opportunity to come together to look at what’s happening locally and further afield to tackle climate change and what more needs to happen.
“Sponsoring the showing of the climate films with The Pickaquoy Centre and Take One Action Orkney allows us an opportunity to see into the livelihoods of communities like our own, and for each of us to find the inspiration to take the climate actions for the benefit of all of us.”
You can find out more about each of the films and how to reserve your seat on The Pickaquoy Centre’s What's On page.