Last night at Transition Town Tooting’s inaugural First Tuesday event, a screening of the best in environmental short films, the coveted Palme Verte was awarded to Mine – story of a sacred mountain, a moving documentary by Survival about the Dongria Kondh tribe of the Niyamgiri Hills in India. The Dongria Kondh’s whole way of life is threatened by the British company Vedanta Resources’ plan to decapitate their scared mountain and mine its bauxite. Read the latest information on Survival’s campaign for the Dongria or watch the film here.  Second place went to the Story of Stuff by the Tides FoundationIt was powerful first to see the impact of the consumer world’s craving for “stuff” and then to understand the very specific effects that craving can have on a people who live in a much more symbiotic way with the natural world.

A successful evening was capped by lively discussion and of course tasty food – thanks everyone who helped out.  Next month’s First Tuesday on April 6th will focus on Food, with a seed swap and advice on what to plant this spring.  I can’t wait!  DT