As development officer for Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales, I have met a number of community based organisations trying to develop a more sustainable way of living in some of the most economically deprived areas of Wales. Whenever I meet new people I always ask them what they think is the best way of engaging people on sustainable development issues. The answer I get is always the same; “show people like us doing it… and make it funny!”
With help from friends in the TV business, Dafydd Palfrey and Boyd Clack, and with the support of Cynnal Cymru, I decided to make a film that would both celebrate the actions of real people and also provide the viewer with a few laughs. The result is the ten minute pilot episode of Eco Worriers which you can watch here:-
We’d like to make more episodes and visit more community projects and see the characters struggle with getting out of the car and using more sustainable modes of transport to get about. We are conscious of the considerable impacts filming has on the environment so we would also like to explore the options for ‘green film making’ and try to work with minimal environmental impacts.