2011 News


RCE North East regional launch

RCE North East regional launch October/November 2011

RCE North East is delighted to announce that our regional launch programme is running throughout October and November. The programme includes the best in lifelong learning courtesy of Explore; talks on subjects as diverse as Why save the planet? and the struggle for black British literature; film screenings at venues including the Tyneside Cinema, Star and Shadow, Newcastle Arts Centre and Culture Lab; exhibitions; workshops; public discussions and a school debating competition. We would like to thank the many partners throughout the region who have made this launch possible. More …

RCE North East forms NECTER as new co-ordinating body

NECTER&UNUwithBorderAt an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 19th October 2012 attended by 15 RCE partners, RCE North East members agreed to form a new legal entity named NECTER (North East Centre for Transformative Education and Research) to take over the co-ordinating role of the RCE given Newcastle University’s withdrawal as host institution. This marks an exciting new start for RCE North East, with its own constitution and governing body, which we hope will lead to the lon term sustainability of our educational network. If you would like to view full details of the meeting, Download pdf of minutes. October 2011


Panganai Svotwa Photography Exhibition Opening

Thursday 18 August, 6pm – 8pm, Gateshead Old Town Hall

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Panganai is now a Gateshead resident whose work intends to communicate issues surrounding global climate change and help people question the importance of protecting our fragile environment.

Through his work, he documents the various sustainable methods which are being adapted by developed countries to counter the detrimental impact of global climate change. He photographs the latest equipment being developed, with nearly zero carbon dioxide emissions, which provides alternative, renewable energy. He has documented the important work being done both in the UK and abroad, capturing both new and traditional solutions and technologies, such as hydro power systems which are being brought back to life because of the issues raised by global climate change. FREE Contact: 0191 433 6918


Opening of Sustainability Forum: Film and Video

José Villasante as The Frankenstein Monster in The Spirit of the BeehiveAs a contribution Newcastle University’s Year of the Societal Challenges of Sustainability, 2011, RCE North East is working in partnership with NIReS, Cinema Politica Newcastle and Culture Lab to present films and videos expressing different approaches to core themes and issues surrounding transformation, social change and environmental responsibility.

Bee Movies

In the run up to a year long programme of events the film and video forum is screening a short series of films around the theme of bees – cooperation and industry, beginning with The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena), which will be screened at Culture Lab at 6:30pm, Tuesday, 10th May, followed by The Swarm, Wednesday 11th May in Devonshire Building. For our younger participants we have Bee Movie, 11:00am, Saturday, 14th May again in Culture Lab, and conclude with The Vanishing of the Bees in Culture Lab, 6:30pm, Wednesday, 18th May. All these screenings are free and open to all.

In partnership with Newcastle University School of Modern Languages Department we will be presenting the topical Battle of Algiers on Monday, 16th May at 7pm in Culture Lab.

In February Cinema Politica Newcastle launched its programme with H2Oil – a review of the oil sands industry in Alberta – and marked World Water Day in March with a screening of Blue Gold with presentations by University academics from those specific fields.


Sendai Earthquake

March 2011

RCE colleagues met with Professor Takaaki Koganezawa, the director of RCE Greater Sendai. The Professor was deeply grateful for the support and concern shown by so many members of the global RCE family. He told us of the difficult and unsustainable situation which they are now facing in his region. With profound optimism he reflected upon the lessons we must all learn from the response of the Japanese people to the critical situation, and how we will work together to create a future filled with hope.


Messages from RCE Greater Sendai

Sendai, March 2011 Miyagi University before the disaster Dear London RCE Lynn Vickery-san, RCE North East Aidan Doyle-san, Thank you so much for your meeting to me in London. I came back safety to Sendai. But Earthquake is continuing. In London, I am so happy to meeting with you. Because, I could say to you about situation of Sendai Earthquake.

Our RCE(Greater Sendai RCE) will start sustainable project. This Project, Make Future Project, will be focus on developing School. We will support many school,in destroyed area, to build up sustainability and will support regional community through supporting school.

Please support our RCE. Thank you. With best wishes Takaaki Koganezawa Chair Person, Director Greater Sendai RCE

08 April 2011


Dear Global RCE Community,

Thank you for your thoughtful words of support and concern. Miyagi University of Education, where the Secretariat of RCE Greater Sendai is located, was less damaged by the earthquake and tsunami. However, Kesennuma and Sendai¹s coastal area suffered extensive damage and we have not been able to get a hold of some of our colleagues. We are now facing a critical situation that is totally unsustainable.

Click here for Satellite Images Before and After Tsunami

Despite all the hardships we face, RCE Greater Sendai will do our best to communicate with each other and strive to create a positive future together.

I thank all of you for your continuous support.

Takaaki Koganezawa Chair, the Steering Committee RCE Greater Sendai 15 March 2011


Can Carbon Capture Public Imagination?

On 17 March, Durham Energy Institute – Centre for Life co-hosted a public debate on whether we need carbon capture. The Government has committed to Carbon Capture & Storage where large volumes of CO2 are stored deep under the North Sea. However there are questions about how much we know about the process, whether it is safe and suitable for the North-East.

The debate provided a platform for attendees to ask questions that further their knowledge on carbon capture, and gave the wider public the opportunity to raise any fears or concerns about the implementation of the technology in North East England with a panel of experts.

Panelists included Prof Jon Gluyas, Durham Energy Institute; Roberta Blackman-Woods MP; Ross Weddle, CoRe Coop; and Sandy Irvine, Green Party. The debate was chaired by Professor Paul Younger of Newcastle University. The event was part of Newcastle ScienceFest 2011. March 2011


Cinema Politica Launch

H2OilH2Oil posterRCE North East is working in partnership with Cinema Politica Newcastle to screen a series of topical films and documentaries. Cinema Politica Newcastle is a new group in the global Cinema Politica network. Throughout the coming year, we will be holding monthly public screenings of independent films and documentaries where the filmmakers have often gone to great lengths in order to challenge and document social and environmental issues across the world. The regular Cinema Politica screenings are hosted by Culture Lab @Newcastle University and supported by the ncl+ Foundation. Cinema Politica is volunteer-run and all screenings are by donation (suggested £1).

Blue Gold: World Water WarsCinema Politica Newcastle launched on February 24th with a screening of H2Oil, a film about the politically charged Canadian tar sands. For further information go to Cinema Politica Newcastle website. Very few of these films have been publicly screened in the UK – don’t miss out on this opportunity!

RCE North East will be joining Cinema Politica to provide additional events and engagement activities throughout the year. The first event is expected to be on World Water Day, March 22nd, with the screening of Blue Gold: World Water Wars, a terrifying account of conflicts, corruption and corporate giants fighting to control that which is most vital to human survival. February 2011