Arcola Green Sundays@ Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

1st August 2010, 12 noon – 6:30pm

Theme: WATER
FREE – Drop in anytime- All Welcome

Afternoon Workshops: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Delicious food and drink provided by Mighty Veg Delight. Have a look around the garden and get involved in our afternoon activities and workshops.


Water theme- join us to explore the depths of water – where it comes from, how we use it and ways to conserve it.

Did you know that the water you are drinking today might have been drunk by a dinosaur? When it comes to water, nature is the original recycler with water moving in a never-ending cycle, constantly being reused.

The earth is made up of approximately 80% water but only one percent of this water is fresh, two percent is frozen glaciers and the remaining 97% is saltwater.

“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink” So goes Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, but what does water mean to us?

Storytelling for children (3+)
• The Story of Water – how many litres of water goes into making a litre of orange juice …or a pair of jeans? – you might be surprised. Find out with a fun workshop exploring direct and indirect/hidden water consumption.
• What can you find in a Whale’s stomach? The rubbish we throw away can end up in the strangest places. Golf balls, duct tape and sweat pants have all been found in the tummies of whales. What else do you think could end up there? Add your guesses to our whale drawing.

Water filters workshop (children 3+)
• Experiment with making your own simple water filters from everyday household materials. Find out what works best; yarn, sand or fabric.

Short film programme
• The story of Bottled Water – semi-animated film showing how we’ve given up drinking safe tap water in favour of bottled water within a generation
• Groundwater – learn about the water that’s hidden deep within the soil.
• TED TALK – Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

Rainwater Harvesting Workshop with Something & Son & Limina
Learn how and why you could be collecting chemical-free rainwater and experiment with an innovative prototype using upside down umbrellas! You can save money and energy as only 5% of the water used at home is for drinking or cooking. Meet at the Eastern Curve Garden @ 2:30pm for a short walk to the FARM:Shop on Dalston Lane.

5:00pm- 6.30pm
UK premier of A Sea Change. 85mins, Dir. Barbara Ettinger, 2009
Imagine a world without fish. It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. More…

A Sea Change looks terrific, with lots of breathtaking footage of the natural world, from the tiniest pteropod (the fluttery, planktonic sea snail that is most threatened by acidification) to the most majestic Norwegian scenery. And, at a time when plenty of documentaries want to be the “Inconvenient Truth” of fill-in-the-issue, A Sea Change brings a genuinely important subject to the fore with a welcome lack of jargon and preaching.”
—Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

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