Climate change is said to impact billions. In India, the effects of climate change are already being felt – erratic weather, delays in the monsoon, the worsening agrarian crisis, storms in Uttar Pradesh, landslides in Manipur, recent floods in Chennai, all tell their own devastating tales. Disaster and the impact on farmers livelihoods and communities dependent on natural resources requires deep thought and strategic action by multiple stakeholders, especially communities. Climate compatible development is a way where we can create development that minimises the harm caused by climate change and maximises the many human development opportunities.
The “Climate Compatible Development Film Festival, India 2015” is being organised by Assam Times Foundation, in association with The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and Television Trust for Environment (TVE) which is to be held on December 18 (5 pm) at NEDFi House Auditorium, Dispur, Guwahati. The event is open to all. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion to be participated by climate change researchers, environmentalist, bureaucrats, development professionals, film makers, journalists, students and professors.
The selected films tell stories on the impact of climate change on diverse communities from Uttarakhand to Bangladesh. Loss of livelihoods, distress migration, destruction of crops and fisheries, is the reality that many face on a day-to-day basis. And yet there are inspiring change strategies adopted by communities, such as seed banks that sell climate resilient seeds and engaging the voices of women to be part of village planning and local governance.
Films have huge potential to galvanise action, spur discussion, inspire youth and communities, and create synergies between different stakeholders, spread awareness on issues and showcase best practises. Issues, such as climate change that affect diverse groups require action at multiple different levels and by different sets of change agents.
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