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Every month until the end of the year RE-PEAT will host an evening as part of our brand new UK Anthology Series. 

 

Why focus on the UK?

As preparations commence for the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26) and the World Congress on Soil Science (WCSS22), the whole world will be looking to the UK for climate & ecological ambition and action. And, while the UK politicians are still (re)writing policy after leaving the EU, the possibilities for local transformation and more radical decision-making seem well within reach. 2021 may be one of the most crucial points in history to "Zoom" into peatlands in the UK. 

What to expect:

The UK Anthology Series is a 10 episode webinar series running from March to December 2021, which connects peatlands to a number of intertwined topics; such as social justice, environmental issues and specific UK or international policies. The series will bring together perspectives from a variety of disciplines and angles and every episode will include some kind of artistic responses that can help us feel the issue as well as think about it. This may take the the form of poetry, dance, music, comedy, puppetry or something else. Throughout the series, the focus is on amplifying voices that are not traditionally given a platform, including young people, people of colour, working class, and other voices that are often marginalised. The UK Anthology Series links to a number of larger initiatives, and thus encourages a wider engagement around why UK peatlands matter!

Each of the 10 sessions is relevant for newcomers and experts alike.

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 

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Episode 1 - 23rd March 2021 - Peatlands & the UK 

Episode 2 - 27th April 2021 - Peatlands & Forestry 

Episode 3 - 29th May 2021 - Peatlands & Climate (in) Justice  

Episode 4 - 29th June 2021 - Peatlands & Agriculture 

Episode 5 - 27th July 2021 - Peatlands & Wind Turbines

Episode 6 - 24th August 2021 - Peatlands & Land Ownership 

Episode 7 - 28th September 2021 - Peatlands & Gardening 

Episode 8 - 26th October 2021 - Peatlands & COP26

Episode 9 - 23rd November 2021 - Peatlands & Time

Episode 10 - TBD December 2021 - Peatlands & Creative Advocacy 

Most sessions will take place from 19.00-20.30 GMT 

Note that sessions are donation based, you can sign up on our Eventbrite

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In this session we provide a scientific, political and cultural introduction to peatlands in the UK. 

 

 

The schedule is as follows:

19.00-19.10: Introduction of speakers + RE-PEAT welcome

19.10-19.15: Overview of UK Anthology Series as a whole

19.15-19.25: Peatland Science video 

Featuring RE-PEAT team members, Lukas Fraser, Mari-Liis Kotsar, Luke Andrews, and Tanya Lippmann, as well as Dr. Angela Gallego-Sala. Animation by Frankie Turk

19.25-19.45 - What is the policy surrounding peatlands in the UK?

Matt Williams and Clifton Bain from IUCN

19.45-20.00: Creative engagement: poetry reading

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Jamie Walker

20.00-20.30: Cultural heritage in the UK and Irish peatlands

Rosie Everett and Ben Gearey from WetFutures

20.30-21.00: An introduction to different local actions - challenges, awareness, and appreciation

Scotland - Peatland Connections

Northern Ireland - the CANN Project

Wales - Welsh Raised Bogs

England - Forest of Bowland AONB

You can RE-WATCH the session here 

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In this session we will explore the complex and at times challenging relationship between peatlands and forestry in the UK.

 

As such we will explore:

  • why both peatlands and forestry are important tools against the climate crisis

  • the history of planting trees on peatlands and why this is detrimental to the natural world and to environmental aims

  • why only planting trees should not be treated as a panacea

  • some campaigns that have advocated for peatlands not be planted on

  • some forest-to-bog restoration projects

 

As usual there will be plenty of visuals and creative elements involved - sure to be a fascinating session!

 

19.00-19.10 - Mentimeter activity: What words come to mind when you think of peatlands? What words come to mind when you think of forests? Submission and discussion of these - you can enter your words here already!
19.10-19.15 - Introduction of facilitator and short introduction to the series + session
19.15-19.20 - An animated video about the connections and differences between forests and bogs
19.20-19.40 - The history and challenges of planting on bogs - Thomas Sloan
19.40-20.00 - Sphagnum Splat and Bog Splotting! Creative support for sustainable forestry practice in south-west Scotland
20.00-20.20 - Forest to bog restoration project with Renee Kerkvliet-Hermans
20.20-20.30 - Question time!
20.30-21.00 - Open discussion time

 

 

Sign up here for the event! 

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Sign up for free to Peat-Fest to join this session

Structure

  • 18.00-18.10 Introduction

  • 18.10-18.30 Khairani Barokka will be discussing the connections between indonesian peatlands and capitalist consumerism

  • 18.30-19.00 Artist Duo Myths for a Wetland Imaginary will present their work and artistic practise through a framing of settler colonialism and decolonisation.

  • 19.00-19.30 Discussion

  • Trade routes, policy gaps, european role, and the impact on peatlands

 

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More information on this session will be released shortly. 

 

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 

info@re-peat.eath 

 

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More information on this session will be released shortly. 

 

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 

info@re-peat.eath 

 

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More information on this session will be released shortly. 

 

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 

info@re-peat.eath 

 

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More information on this session will be released shortly. 

 

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 

info@re-peat.eath 

 

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More information on this session will be released shortly. 

 

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 

info@re-peat.eath 

 

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More information on this session will be released shortly. 

 

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 

info@re-peat.eath 

 

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More information on this session will be released shortly. 

 

Please get in touch with us directly if you  - or someone you know - might like to contribute to this conversation. 

info@re-peat.eath