Happenings, in association with the Dublin Climate Action Regional Office (CARO), Dublin City Council and Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,, are organising two free outdoor screenings of the Netflix documentary ‘Our Planet’ to highlight the need for urgent action on climate change and to support the upcoming Global Strike for Climate Action. The screenings of the acclaimed David Attenborough documentary will be powered using battery and solar technology.
‘Our Planet’ – Powered by the Sun will take place on Friday 13th September in Merrion Square and Saturday 14th September in Blackrock Park, Dublin. The screenings have been organised one week prior to the Global Strike for Climate Action where millions of young people will take to the streets around the world demanding an end to the age of fossil fuels.
Peter O’Brien, Director of Happenings is passionate about climate change and insisting on action:
“The evidence is clear – surface temperatures are setting new heat records, the Amazon rainforest is on fire, there are record breaking ice melts and sea levels are rising at an alarming rate. We are at crisis point and simply must act, the world needs to unite on this issue or we are fighting our way to extinction.
We have no diesel generator for these events, we want to spread the message that is no need to use fossil fuels to the extent that we do. Scientists have proved that we have over half a decade to halve our emissions in order to avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change on our food supply, national security, global health and extreme weather. We must act NOW”.
David Dodd, Regional Co-ordinator of the Dublin CARO says “The Dublin CARO is delighted to work with Happenings on this public engagement initiative, by hosting these family friendly, outdoor screenings, in two of Dublin’s scenic public parks. Set up as an initiative of the Irish Government, the CARO works closely with the four Dublin local authorities on developing and implementing climate actions at local level, including active engagement with the citizens of Dublin on addressing climate change, in both mitigation and adaptation areas.’ ”
Our Planet – Powered by the Sun free events will open at 7:30pm with screenings from 8:15pm. Refreshments will be available and these are leave no trace events. Further details are available on www.happenings.ie
About ‘Our Planet’
Our Planet is the most important documentary of the year. An eight part documentary series, it focuses on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world, from the remote Arctic wilderness and mysterious deep oceans to the vast landscapes of Africa and diverse jungles of South America.
This series, narrated by David Attenborough, addresses issues of conservation while featuring these disparate animals in their respective home regions, and has been noted for its greater focus on humans’ impact on the environment than traditional nature documentaries; centering around how climate change impacts all living creatures.