Green Drinks Social on Tues 6th February 7.30 pm The Economics of Happiness film

Do join us for the film and a sociable evening of festivities – bring a friend or two – All Welcome!

Our next Green Drinks evening will take place upstairs at the Great Haywood Sports & Social Club from 7.30 to 9.00 pm

In 1975, linguist Helena Norberg-Hodge went to Ladakh, a region of Kashmir in the Western Himalayas, to help make a film. The experience changed her worldview, her values and the direction of her life.

Last February we showed Ancient Futures, the first film in the series, which explored how centuries of ecological balance and social harmony were under threat from “western notions of progress”. This proved very thought-provoking and prompted a very lively discussion about what’s important in life.

Consequently in 2024 we are showing the second film The Economics of Happiness. This explores how relocalisation of our economies can play a large part in restoring Earth to a long-term sustainable future and keeping us all connected to our local communities. This is a sharp contrast to the many negative economic, environmental and social impacts caused by consumerism and globalisation.

Does it make sense for apples and seafood to be flown across the world to be processed and then returned to us? Is it better to spend your money with local firms, rather than multinational companies which have no direct link with the community?

“Progress” has brought many advantages but at what cost to ourselves, the planet’s climate and its ecosystems? How can we live more sustainably and learn to live within the Earth’s limits? How can we as a community respond to these challenges?’

The film has a (non-party) political perspective which may not appeal to everyone. SinCH takes no view on the political arguements expressed and you may not agree with everything the film says. We all need to make our own minds up. But we feel that the issues raised need to be considered and that the film will prompt a valuable discussion which is also relevant to wider discussions developing across Staffordshire – please see the event signposted below.

The film being shown is the condensed 20 minute version, the full film can be found here.

All welcome on the night!

Please also check out an opportunity for us all to contribute to Staffordshire-wide thinking about a sustainable future

All SinCH supporters are invited to a free event at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Friday 2nd February 13.00-15.00 which is organised by our friends at the Globe Foundation.
It’s a great chance to influence the thinking on a range of  issues including:

  • The social foundations:  Are we ensuring needs like health, education, and equality for all? Where are the gaps, and how can we bridge them?
  • An ecological ceiling: Are we living within the boundaries of local natural resources? How can we protect our environment while fostering economic prosperity?
  • Themes closest to our hearts: From sustainable food systems to affordable housing, renewable energy to thriving communities, we will discuss what’s working well and identify what’s missing in our region.

The conversations and feedback from this workshop will be at the heart of designing a roadmap for a positive future.

To book your place please follow this link

To enable car sharing please let us know at when you have booked. Please state whether you need a lift or you are offering a lift to others (and in that case how many).”


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