There is a good chance that we could witness one of the world’s favourite holiday hotspots—the Maldives being literally swallowed by the Indian Ocean in the next 25 years. A string of coral islands in the Indian Ocean, south-west of India, the Maldives is renowned for its exotic marine life, relaxing beaches and luxurious resorts. But…
Natural disasters have forced many of Bangladesh’s poor out of the countryside and into the capital’s congested slums, turning them into so-called climate refugees. Yet far from merely suffering, the country is working to become more resilient. Maelzer traveled to areas in Bangladesh that experienced some of the worst effects of climate change.
Climate change is taking place at a rapid pace, exacerbating pressures on fragile ecosystems and human well-being. Ecosystems of the Himalayas like in the Hindu-Kush and communities dependent on them for a livelihood and other services are highly vulnerable to climate related risks. Traditionally local communities have been adjusting to climatic and environmental changes and therefore…
Positive Stories highlighting the strength of India’s traditions and ingenuity in meeting the challenges of accelerating climate change. In the midst of rapid industrialisation and endemic pollution, attempts are being made to draw from ancient wisdom and practices that have stood the test of time.
‘URAVU’ is a thought-provoking portrayal of the contradiction that exists in the abuse of water in urban capitalist spaces at a time when its scarcity haunts poor rural households. By following a day in the life of a poor village woman working at a mall in the city, the film highlights the wastefulness of a scarce resource by the rich when the poor continue to endure great suffering.
‘VARSHA HARSHA’ tells the story of an initiative taken by the local community for the rejuvenation of a dried up lake in the Malenadu region of Karnataka.
‘FROM GARBAGE TO GOLD’ deals with the issue of organic waste and climate change, and proposes the conversion of organic waste into bio-gas as a mitigation and adaptation strategy.
‘WEAVERS OF SHORELINE’ depicts the impact of climate change on mangrove vegetation in Kerala. The film advocates rejuvenation of mangrove stretches as a climate change mitigation strategy.
‘ATHO ANTHA PARAVAI POLA’ exposes the human induced causes of climate change and its impact on fisher folk communities in Tamil Nadu. It also raises questions on climate justice denied to these vulnerable communities.