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3rd Conference on Development, Sustainability and Environment

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The Great Debate and WORLDwrite
present
DSE3

A day of workshops and discussion on
Development, Sustainability and Environment
Sponsored by ESRC and Newcastle Science Festival

Part of the North East Education for Sustainable Development initiative

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Saturday, 17th March 2007

Devonshire Building and Merz Court
Newcastle University

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At the opening of the 21st century concern for the environment influences policy throughout the world. Any discussion about resources is infused with the language of sustainability. What does this mean for the developed and developing worlds? Is our current pattern of water use sustainable? How are we going to generate sufficient electricity for our future needs? Is the sort of technology we take for granted in the West appropriate for the developing world?

Combining a workshop on Film training with a global edge, documentary footage from Africa and a series of discussions this conference will examine a series of issues related to Development, Sustainability and Environment through debates on three key themes:

  1. Water Resources and the Future with Hayley Fowler, Ray Heslop and Caspar Hewett
  2. Energy Generation in the new millenium with Steven Harrison and Mark Wilkinson
  3. Thinking Big: Film Première and key note speakers: Session convened by WORLDwrite with Daniel Ben-Ami, Ceri Dingle and Michael Savage


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Proceedings

Water Resources and the Future proceedings by Caspar Hewett
Energy Generation in the New Millenium proceedings by Caspar Hewett
Thinking Big proceedings by Caspar Hewett



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The Great Debate and WORLDwrite
DSE3
Timetable

09.00 – 09.30   Registration and coffee - Devonshire Building
09.30 – 09.45   Welcome - Devonshire Building
09.45 – 13.00   Film training with a global edge - Devonshire Building
09.45 – 11.15   Water Resources and the Future - Merz Court
11.15 – 11.30   Break
11.30 – 13.00   Energy Generation in the new millenium - Merz Court
13.00 – 14.00   Lunch + opportunity to watch some documentary footage from Ghana
14.00 – 15.40   Thinking Big Film Première and key note speakers - Merz Court
15.40 - 17.00   Drinks reception - Devonshire Building

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Booking

Day Ticket - £10 (concessions £5)
includes refreshments throughout the day, buffet lunch and drinks reception

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AS NUMBERS ARE LIMITED

Please note the ESRC sponsored film workshop for young people is FREE but pre-booking is essential and a £10 REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT is required to reserve your place - film workshop participants will be provided with refreshments throughout the day, lunch and will be invited to the Film première of Think Big at 2pm.

Booking enquiries:

To book, send a cheque made payable to 'The Great Debate' to

The Great Debate: DSE3
c/o Dr Caspar Hewett
Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability
3rd Floor, Devonshire Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU

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Development, Sustainability and Environment

Session Outlines

Water Resources     Energy Generation     Thinking Big

    Morning:

10am     Film training with a global edge


Sponsored by ESRC
Devonshire Building

WORLDwrite film workshop, DSE2, October 2005 Sponsored by ESRC FREE practical documentary film making workshop on the media run by WORLDwrite: This challenging and exciting session will get your creative juices flowing, your brain twitching and tickle your film making fancies.
This session is hosted by the UK based education charity and NGO WORLDwrite and led by a documentary film crew who have never let the lack of a budget or the political censors get in the way.
This session will include:
Glimpses of five eye opening documentaries that pounce on dumb ideas and put the case for Ferraris for All. These documentaries form part of the infamous Pricking the Missionary Position series. Shot in Ghana they provide an uncompromising case for global equality and society wide development.
WORLDwrite’s volunteer documentary crew will share their hundred top tips on no to low budget broadcast quality production and help you launch yourself on youtube.com. The crew will equip you with the kit you need, crucial sound, lighting and camera know how and the arrogance to shoot a short for millions to see. The theme for this whirlwind A to Z of documentary film making is ‘Ferraris for All’.
Part of this session will involve a practical shoot where you can sound off to camera yourself, be a drama queen, find an interview subject or get arty. WORLDwrite’s technical wizards will compress the footage from the best five one-minute shorts and upload these onto youtube.com during the day. Forget fortune get ready for infamy!
The crew are:
Ceri Dingle - Director of WORLDwrite and Chew on it Productions
Ian Foster - Director of Cinematography, WORLDwrite and Chew on it Productions
Andrew Hirst - Camera, WORLDwrite and Chew on it Productions
Viv Regan - Producer, WORLDwrite and Chew on it Productions

Note: This workshop is FREE but pre-booking is essential and a refundable deposit of £10 is required to reserve your place

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Film training with a global edge     Energy Generation     Thinking Big


9.45am     Water Resources and the Future


Merz Court
Chair: Viv Regan, Assistant Director, WORLDwrite

What are the issues surrounding water resources and how they should be managed?

Hayley Fowler Caspar Hewett Water is fundamental to the support of all life on Earth and thus its use and availability has to be at the centre of any discussion of development. The uncertainties surrounding climate change and conflicts over access to water highlight the debate about water resources now more than ever. So what are the issues? What are the causes of drought and how can we combat them? How can we ensure that this and future generations have access to the water they need? Come along, hear the issues and have your say.
with

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Film training with a global edge     Water Resources     Thinking Big


11:30am     Energy Generation in the new millenium


Merz Court
Chair: David O'Toole, The Great Debate

What will be the consequences for the future of decisions we make today regarding electricity generation?

Steven Harrison David O'Toole (chair) Environmentalists warn us that nothing less than the future of our planet is at stake when it comes to electricity supply, especially in the light of climate change, and argue against the use of fossil fuels and nuclear power. This is the latest episode in an ongoing series of debates on power generation that has raged for over forty years. Nuclear power appeared to offer a solution to all our power requirements and recently environmentalists such as James Lovelock have backed nuclear power generation as it does not emit the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. However, the future for coal fired power stations is far from over. At present China is building coal-fired power stations at the rate of one every ten days. Much development in India will also be fuelled by coal simply because they have so much of it. At the same time Britain is building its first coal power station since Drax in 1974. The £1bn plant could be operating by 2011 and would provide 800MW of electricity - enough to light and heat 1 million homes when the power is fed into the National Grid. Many environmentalist are uncomfortable about this despite the promised low emissions.

Now more than ever the way we generate electricity is a key issue in both the developed and developing worlds. How will our generation and use of energy affect us now and in the future? How can we best overcome the problems associated with climate change?

With Steven Harrison, the Banks Group and Mark Wilkinson, Newcastle University

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Film training with a global edge     Water Resources     Energy Generation

    Afternoon:

2pm     Film Première and Key Note Speakers:
Thinking Big


Merz Court
Chair: Mo Lovatt, The Great Debate

Click Here for Think Big web site and trailer.

Mo Lovatt (chair) Ceri Dingle Daniel Ben-Ami World Première of WORLDwrite' controversial new film Think Big. This development shocker of a documentary lets you in on a secret; it’s okay to like rich people in the developing world and want to join them! While campaign groups and NGOs argue that development along Western lines is not an option for the developing world, the people who actually live there would like everything that we have from plasma screens and power showers to the freedom to jump on a cheap flight and see the world. Here in the West we bemoan consumerism, luxuries and having it all, but are they a problem? The film Think Big suggests people in the developing world don’t share Westerners' low horizons.

This session will explore the issues surrounding Think Big. On the table for debate will be key development issues including the ‘happiness’ debate, the corruption obsession, sustainability, appropriate technology and eco doom. These concerns suggest the developing world having what we have and becoming rich is neither possible nor desirable. So, do we accept this or should we insist on the best of everything for people everywhere? Come along, hear the arguments and have your say.
With

    Daniel Ben-Ami, finance and economics journalist, author Cowardly Capitalism: The Myth of the Global Financial Casino
    Ceri Dingle, Director, WORLDwrite
    Michael Savage, Manager, Derivatives Credit Policy, Global Banking and Markets, Royal Bank of Scotland

Click here for proceedings by Caspar Hewett

Ceri Dingle says:

"The mountain of despair we are bombarded with to pull the heart strings and prick our consciences has done our peers few favours. It wrongly suggests in good old missionary style that we are Africa’s ‘saviours’. The Western obsession with extreme poverty has overshadowed the African-led development that is happening. On the 50th anniversary of Ghanaian independence we felt it important to show the other side the story and a truer picture"


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WORLDwrite

WORLDwrite is an education charity with a difference. Its mission is to challenge prejudices and stereotypes by giving young people a unique opportunity to see the world from a fresh perspective through a first hand investigative experience. The charity helps create links between young people across the globe, encouraging them to learn from their peers, expand their horizons and champion the aspirations of newfound friends.

WORLDwrite runs programmes with young people across the UK and has exchange partnerships with Ghana, Brazil, Uganda, South Africa, India, Germany and Japan.

The WORLDwrite Crew

website: www.worldwrite.org.uk

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Education for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Education for Sustainable Development (EfSD) programme works towards bringing greater understanding of sustainability into teaching at all levels of education and in all sectors of society.

As part of The Great Debate's ongoing commitment to education, knowledge and informed opinion through discussion and research we are pleased to be partners in the North East EfSD regional network.

The Great Debate schools programme is proud to have attracted the participation of Framwellgate School, Newcastle College, Whickam School, St. Cuthbert's Roman Catholic High School, Heaton Manor School, Ryton Comprehensive, Durham High School for Girls and a broad audience of all ages from the general public in our Development, Sustainability and Environment series, held as part of the North East EfSD initiative.

RCE North East website

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Links

Proceedings of the First Conference on Development, Sustainability and Environment
Proceedings of DSE2: The Second Conference on Development, Sustainability and Environment

WORLDwrite
Think Big web site and trailer
A Letter to Geldof web site and trailer
youtube.com
Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability
Friends of the Earth
Institute of Ideas
Supporters of Nuclear Energy (SONE)
Scientists for Global Responsibility
Woudhuysen: Thinking about the future

To Build or Not to Build Proceedings by Caspar Hewett and Mo Lovatt
The New Moral Code - Environmentalism in the 21st Century by David O'Toole
That's the limit by Roger Higman
Our Legacy of Nuclear Waste by Aidan Burton
Reflections on Policy in Republic of South Africa by Caspar Hewett, June 2003
Where there's the will, there's water by Ceri Dingle and Esme Young
Andrea Blatter

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