Date: Tudesday 23 October 2018

Venue: Screen Machine + Ullapool Ferry Terminal

The Shore films were screened in the Screen Machine followed by a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Margaret Salmon, Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Officer Noel Hawkins and Caithness resident, Lisa Macdonald. Afterwards, Sea Change Wester Ross and other local groups offered a glimpse of the local marine environmental activism happening across the community… Image: Martha Cattell

Hear how people in Ullapool see the sea…

More than any single screening…

Ullapool and the wider Wester Ross area is the centre of a significant amount of exemplary environmental activism around protecting the incredible local marine environment. Also key is raising awareness at a national level with Government policymakers, as well as the thousands of tourists who pass through on the famous North Coast 500 route each year.

Ullapool premiere of Cladach

The area has a particular significance for filmmaker Margaret Salmon as this is where her Shore-comissioned film Cladach is shot. It was an important moment for Margaret to share her film and re-visit the people and places with whom she worked so closely.

One of those people was local writer, singer and teacher Lisa Macdonald who performed sea-related folk stories and songs in Ullapool Ferry Terminal following the Shore screening. Lisa’s passion as a tradition bearer isn’t limited to cultural heritage. With her experience of working with young people, she has a strong voice inspiring all of us to take responsibility and look to the future with our actions today. Lisa wrote this guest column for the West Highland Free Press in November 2018 (click for a larger image):

A showcase of young people’s activism

Embedded in the community are regional and national organisations working with young people in the area. Noel Hawkins is the Living Seas Community Officer for Scottish Wildlife Trust. Amongst his numerous activities, he supports the Ullapool Sea Savers - a group of passionate, articulate and dedicated young people who are making a difference in their activism. From sucessfully campaigning to make Ullapool the first village in Europe to become plastic straw free, to educating us all with their interactive above/below the shoreline banner which they had on display after the Shore films.

High Life Highland’s Countryside Ranger for Wester Ross, Jenny Grant, also displayed ‘Food in My Belly’: reusable tote bags decorated by local primary school children demonstrating the impact of plastics on marine life.

The work of Sea Change Wester Ross

Throughout all of the post-screening activity, underwater survey footage of the Scottish coastline was being screened. Provided by project partner Sea Change Wester Ross as powerful tools aimed to influence policy at a national and international level, these incredible images act as a reminder of the vast and complex ecosystems that co-exist below the surface of the sea. Watch their film marking the first birthday in 2017 of the Wester Ross Marine Protected Area…