Thursday, 7 May 2009

Eco Worriers - Laugh and Learn

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:-

Eco-Worriers: Episode 1 from Daf Palfrey on Vimeo.

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.


Peter Shield said...

Superb start, loved the scene in the loo when our villian turned eco-revolutionary scores an oak.

All the best for the project and please keep me up to date so I can print some news on

Kind Regards

Rhodri@Cynnal said...

Thanks Peter.

Natural Choices looks like an interesting site. I will have a good read. We will let you know how this project progresses and watch out on this blog for news of other projects such as the Wales Green List and our Smithsonian Festival exhibition of portraits of people making a better world.