Watch Episode 1 of “American Climate Rebels” here

*** JOIN US FOR A LIVE INTERACTIVE PREMIERE OF EPISODE 1 ON APRIL 14TH – LIVE CHAT DURING THE PREMIERE WITH REEL NEWS, PLUS IAN HUSSEY AND ANGELE ALOOK FROM THE PARKLANDS INSTITUTE, ALBERTA. THE LINK ABOVE IS WHERE IT WILL SCREEN. TO SET A REMINDER, OPEN THE ABOVE LINK TO THE “WATCH SCREEN” IN YOUTUBE, PRESS “SUBSCRIBE” (IF YOU’RE NOT SUBSCRIBED TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL ALREADY) AND THEN PRESS THE BELL.  ***

In 2018, Reel News went on a 14 week tour of North America to look at grassroots struggles around climate change, particularly struggles around a “just transition” from fossil fuels to renewable energy, where workers and communities control the process so that they benefit from the transition, and around “just recovery” – recovery from extreme weather events which do not exascerbate current inequalities.

What we found were inspiring and visionary struggles all over the continent, led by working class communities of colour, with people organising just transitions and just recoveries themselves. Now, we’ll be presenting what we found in the form of a weekly online 11 episode series starting on Sunday April 14th – 7pm UK time, 3pm New York City time, Midday California time.

Episode 1 is about Alberta, Canada, where the long oil sands boom  has come to an end. Falling oil prices are leading to thousands of job losses – which has started a serious conversation in the labour movement about transitioning away from oil to renewables. The need is becoming more urgent as the big oil sands companies look to maximise profits and slash even more jobs through automation. This film looks at a number of initiatives, the history of oppression of First Nations people to get the resources in the first place, and a rare chance to hear from oil sands workers themselves, including women and First Nations workers.

With the current growing uprising over climate change giving renewed hope, we’re hoping that this will not only inspire you further – but will also help a little in putting the idea of just transition at the forefront of the movement. Watch the trailer below to give you an idea of what to look forward to:

We’re experimenting with the new YouTube “Premiere” function to see if we can build an interactive audience for the series, hopefully amplifying these struggles a bit and maybe connecting people from different movements and countries up to be in touch and work together for the future. So basically that link at the top is called a “watch screen” which is where it will be shown, and before 14th April you can sign up for reminders – you’ll get a notification 30 mins before the video is due to start, and then another one at the start of the premiere. Don’t worry if you’re a bit late – there’ll be a 2 minute countdown, and you can also take the video back to the start whenever you tune in. During the premiere, you can chat live to members of Reel News, and for the first episode we’ll also be joined by Ian Hussey and Angele Alook from The Parkland Institute, who feature in the film. And in fact, you can start chatting with us on the watch screen any time from now – let’s see if we can get a constructive discussion about just transition going that could maybe lead to some action.

This is the first time we’ve tried this so who knows how it’s going to work! Please help us promote it by pressing the “share” arrow which appears when you hover over the top right of the watch screen. Let us know if you have any ideas to improve how we’re doing it, or questions about how the whole thing works (you can chat to us on the watch screen, or email us at info@reelnews.co.uk). Hopefully see you on the 14th.