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The festival of climate alternatives is nearly here.

Alternatiba Todmorden Newsletter 4

Festival of climate alternatives has wind in its sails

In the Town Hall you will be spoilt for choice: Paulo Marini will talk about open farm technologies, Geoff Tansey will talk about our desire to eat “what we want, when we want, from wherever we want”, Dan Graham will talk about stockfree growing, Laura Blake will talk about the impacts of food on our health and the environment and with all this talk about food and the environment there will also be a local, sustainable, low-carbon cafe in the Town Hall from 12 midday until 3pm.

From the afternoon and into the night there will be music and poetry in venues around Todmorden, there will be stalls on the market all day, a street party on Water Street.  On Pollination Street, StrawWorks will demonstrate strawbale building and Incredible Edible will do a seed and plant swap, there will also be a puppet show and a polar bear.

Alternatiba Todmorden is trying to raise £500, we have only got 5 days left but we have match funding and the more we raise the more we can put on, to give you an idea of what we will do with the money, if we raise:

  • £100 we can get Honley Samba Band to come and play and we can get Laura Blake and Philip James up from the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales
  • £250 Honley Samba and Tod Brass Band can play, Laura and Philip can come and we can feed all the volunteers and speakers
  • £600 all of the above and we can have Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and decorate the town in bunting made from recycled fabric
  • £1000 all of the above and we can have Handmade Parade bring their flags and fantastical bikes

If you are over 18, we need your help as a steward please.  This will involve helping festival goers to have a great time and be safe. You will be needed between 9am and 6 pm and will be rewarded with a free lunch prepared by Hilary in the town hall. To volunteer, please contact info@altertod.euWe also need green or white t-shirts for stewards, if you have one or two going spare why not drop them into Cheeky Sew and Sew, 3 Wise Monkeys or the Golden Lion?
A congested commute by car can cause three times the emissions as the same drive on a clear road. Mike Berners-Lee the author of How Bad are Bananas suggests leaving the car at home: “The best way to come to the festival is to walk or cycle, if you can. If you have to come in a car, lift sharing is better for the environment, more sociable and cheaper”.
Alternatiba Todmorden will be opened at 11am on 3rd May by the mayor. For a full programme with times and a map of locations see
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