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Climate action across the Highlands to get big screen outing at Eden Court in Inverness

By Gregor White

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A ride by Inverness's Kidical Mass group features in the new film.
A ride by Inverness's Kidical Mass group features in the new film.

A free screening of the film Climate Action: Highlands & Islands is due to take place at Eden Court this week.

The screening event at 6pm on Thursday will be hosted by the Highlands & Islands Climate Hub who produced the film along with young film maker Cameron Mackay.

Climate Action: Highlands & Islands shows how across the Highlands and Islands, communities are taking action to combat the climate emergency.

Film-maker Cameron Mackay, of Cameron Mackay Productions, travelled more than 5000 miles in the making of the film – completely on public transport with the exception of a couple of lifts in more remote areas.

One of those lifts with a difference features in the film – with Inverness members of Velocity and Kidical Mass featuring when Cameron filmed the group from the back of Inverness Mayor of Cycling Emily Williams' cargo bike.

Joan Lawrie, manager of the Highlands & Islands Climate Hub said: “We really feel that this is a very special film to be showing, the response from showings to our members and in smaller locations has been overwhelmingly positive.

"The film really shows the communities and the people involved at grassroots level in this type of work and while it might be thought of by some as lower level it really is transformative community-led climate action that is going on across the region and we really invite audiences to scratch below the surface of the stunning landscapes featured to see the story of people making a difference.”

Emily Williams will join Cameron and Joan on a Q&A discussion panel following the film, along with the chairman of Highland Council's climate change committee, Councillor Karl Rosie.

The panel will discuss the film and the climate actions needed to mitigate against and adapt to the current climate emergency, with a particular focus on how to approach this from community level.

Cllr Rosie said: “Having seen the work of the Highlands & Islands Climate Hub in action over the past two years and the overwhelming positivity in the approach taken by the hub, I am looking forward to sharing this special viewing of the film at Eden Court and discussing the positive actions communities can take in Highland to climate action.”

The evening begins with a drinks reception at 6pm followed by the film screening at 7pm, followed by the panel discussion to follow.

The event is free of charge and a place can be booked here.

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