In celebration of NHS Sustainability Day, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust will be showing ‘Best Before’, a short documentary about a determined group working to reduce food waste and health inequalities in London. Please see below for details, as well as the many other events taking place at Guy’s and St Thomas’ for NHS Sustainability Day.
Medicinema Screening, NHS Sustainability Day, Thursday 26 March, 2015
17:30 – 18:00 – Drinks reception, Central Hall, South Wing, St Thomas’ Hospital SE1 7EH – Sustainably sourced wine, beer, soft drinks and canapés will be served.
18:00 – 19:00 – Screening of film, Medicinema, Prideaux Building, St Thomas’ Hospital SE1 7EH
ALSO, please feel free to join us for our day packed with NHS Sustainability Day events.
Thursday 26 March 2015
11:30 – 15:00 – Sustainable Food Expo, Shepherd Hall Restaurant, St Thomas’ – sample the sustainable food menu (on offer every day!), and learn about our suppliers’ values, how the Trust addresses waste sustainably, and access lots of resources on being healthy and well at work.
16:00 – 17:00 – Departmental Poster Competition – Central Hall, South Wing, St Thomas’ Hospital – Trust staff show off the amazing things they have done for sustainability at Guy’s and St Thomas’ for a chance to win £500 for their department!
17:00 – Bike Auction – Frustrated with those abandoned bikes in the bike shed? Well, we’ve removed them (after giving lots of notice, don’t worry!), made sure they’re road-worthy with the help of Cycle Confident, and they are now available for purchase. All proceeds will go to the Guy’s Cancer Centre appeal. Click here to bid on a bike (bikes will be posted from Wednesday 18 March). The two best bikes will be auctioned off on the 26th – don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get a great new bike!
Best Before: the London Food Revolution is a short documentary about the food revolution taking off across London, why it is happening and how it provides a way forward to a more healthy, sustainable and socially just food system in the UK. In London a handful of supermarkets dominate the food system, an incredible amount of food is wasted every day, and fresh, healthy food has become the privilege of the wealthy, while those worse off have only access to low quality, fatty and sugar-rich food, and obesity rates are skyrocketing. With global energy costs expected to rise dramatically, many people argue that the UK will face a food crisis in coming years.
Best Before looks at why this is happening, who is profiting from the way we eat, and at the same time, what people are doing to take back control of how we produce, distribute and crucially, how we eat, food in the UK. London is the city in which community organisations are shaping alternatives. Best Before tries to depict a picture of these realities, from city farms to roof gardens, farmers’ markets to food cooperatives, the many creative ways in which communities around the city create synergies to reduce dependency on the corporate food system, and produce, distribute and consume food in a sustainable, ecological, and socially just way.
Written by Alexandra Hammond, Associate Director, Sustainability, Essentia, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust