Local Mpophomeni folk star in a climate change movie

Local Mpophomeni folk star in a climate change movie

The Mpophomeni library underwent a transformation last week when it became the surprising venue for the launch of an important climate change movie.

Movie in progress signOrdinary township library visitors were completely confused by the hive of activity and the razzmatazz as celebrities and environmental activists flocked to the scene.
Kids from the local environmental clubs responded to the call to come dressed in their recycled “trashionista” outfits. Black dustbin bags became “little black dresses” and colourful plastic Iwisa bags became off the shoulder cocktail numbers.

Local Trashionistas showed their Hollywood star quality recently  (Pic supplied)

Local Trashionistas showed their Hollywood star quality recently (Pic supplied)

Effervescent producer Eidin Griffin strutted her stuff ordering the children to pose on the walk of fame – a red carpet – ala red sheet – and they gladly complied loving their moment in the spotlight.
Paparazzi Nikki Brighton (the local community conservation activist) made sure the stars all got their photographs taken and she whisked them outside for their interviews.

Eidin Griffin, right, does the red carpet with local stars  (Pic: Nikki Brighton)

Eidin Griffin, right, does the red carpet with local stars (Pic: Nikki Brighton)

“Think Local – Act Global” – a movie spearheaded by the Midlands Meander Education Project highlights the challenges we face trying to save our environment. The message of the movie is that saving our environment is up to each one of us.
But instead of recruiting big stars from Hollywood the producers looked instead to their local pool of talent and used members of the local environmental clubs to tell the story.

Narrators Sisande Hadebe and Bulelani Ngobese explain complex issues like carbon emissions and the green house effect with really easy to understand concepts. They use a minibus taxi with closed windows on a hot day to illustrate the concept that CO2 emmissions cause heat and radiation to become trapped in the atmosphere.

Using language and images that are easy for schoolchildren to understand the message is easily understood. The movie was shot in and around the Midlands and the uMngeni river and the Msunduzi municipal dump are featured in the movie to illustrate how dumping and litter are adding to the problem.  Plastic which is used in most of the products is not bio-degradeable. It cannot be broken down by the earth’s natural processes. But other packaging like glass, paper and tin can easily be re-used and this is why there is a huge drive to recycle our rubbish.

Growing green veggie gardens and encouraging recycling is part of their message. Nathi Adam explains that by growing his own food he is saving fuel by driving to the shops and he is also encouraging others to do the same. Eating food that is fresh and seasonal and organically grown is healthy.

The more we support local suppliers the more we save on fuel costs and electricity. Until we find ways to produce alternative sources of energy – carbon based fuels will be a major source of pollution and they are quickly running out.

Pulling together hours of footage , movie director Jane Symes of Reel Africa Films was thrilled with the end result.

The DVD can be ordered from the Midlands Meander Education Project and is available at cost. The money from the DVD will go towards their environmental field work.

Copies can be ordered from admin@mmaep.co.za at a price of R200 and will be available to view on our web-site ww.mmaep.co.za from January 2016.