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'The Milking Parlour' wins a P.E.A Award

Cape Farewell are delighted to announce that Nessie Reid's 'The Milking Parlour' won the 'Arts, Fashion, Film and Music' P.E.A Award!

“But while the politicians stand back, individuals up and down the uk – across all sectors – are stepping up and going to extraordinary lengths to help set us on a path to a low-carbon future.” Jarvis Smith, founder of the P.E.A. Awards.

Having been nominated for two awards, Cape Farewell and Nessie Reid were delighted to receive the 'Arts, Fashion, Film, Music' Award for their project 'The Milking Parlour'.

Last week, the government received a blunt warning that its climate change and environment policies aren’t fit for purpose. MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee called for ‘urgent action’, warning that, without major policy improvements, the UK will miss its 2020 renewable energy targets.

There were a record number of entries to this year’s P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards, confirming a surge in UK residents taking to the streets, the forests and the oceans – the offices and the schools – to demonstrate sustainable, workable alternatives to failing government policies.

The winners were annouced at a snazzy 'Green carpet' event in Brighton on the 7th October - with speakers including Caroline Lucas. So thank you P.E.A for the nomination - it was an honour to be in the room with so many fantastic initiatives and innovators - and winning has made our year!

The Milking Parlour Film from Cape Farewell on Vimeo.

'The Milking Parlour’ was the result of artist and political ecologist Nessie Reid’s 18-month Cape Farewell residency in farms in the South West. Reid lived with two cows for five days in Bristol City Centre. Passers-by learnt about the current state of farming; its impact on the environment and relationship to climate change, global food inequalities, biodiversity and health. It inspired discussions around what we consume and how it impacts on our futures, the aim was to empower individuals to make positive change through ethical food buying choices.

Industrialized farming is one of the the largest contributors to climate change, producing a quarter of global emissions and consuming 70% of the worlds fresh water. The question 'The Milking Parlour' asked was: how do we feed ourselves, and our burgeoning population, without it costing the earth?