Environment & Ecology: Visual & Audio

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Resources for Environment & Ecology: Visual & Audio (Inlcudes Presentations & Slideshows)

  1. Documentary film I cannot give you my forest, directed and produced by filmmakers Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl. Filmed in the forests of Odisha, it is a window into the lives of the Kondh ‘adivasis’. (Checked on 15 Feb. 2019)
  2. Aghanashini – a documentary film on the ecology of the wild river of the Western Ghats, and its biodiversity, as also its place in the livelihoods and culture of the local communities dwelling along its banks.
  3. Peter Rosset on La Via Campesina and agroecology. Peter Rosset (Ecosur, Mexico), scholar, campaigner and world-renowned authority on peasant movements asserting their right to local food sovereignty through agroecology, speaks on these issues in this webinar, organised as part of Sustainable Farming Colloquium. (checked on 16 Nov. 2020)
  4. Urban Groundwater, a presentation by ACWADAM, mainly focused on Pune. (checked on 15 May 2019)
  5. We Unite – A 12-minute film by IFOAM is a window into the lives of two organic farmers and the reasons they join the yearly ‘We are Fed-Up’ demonstration in Germany. (checked on 26 Jun. 2019)
  6. How can we solve complex problems like climate change, water crisis or rural distress? Jagdeesh Rao, CEO of Foundation for Ecological Security, talks about how the solution lies in acknowledging and addressing the interconnectedness of land, water, animals, people and technology. (checked on 6 Dec. 2019)
  7. Food sovereignty, social justice, and ecological sustainability – a presentation by Ashish Kothari of Kalpavriksh/ Vikalp Sangam/ Global Tapestry of Alternatives. From Food Diversity, thru Destruction of India’s environment and on to the principles of transformation and creating localised, cyclical economies. (checked on 2 Mar. 2020)
  8. A set of 2 videos on homestay initiatives in Ladakh and their significance for eco-tourism – Tsewang Namgail of Snow Leopard Conservancy – India Trust talks about its community-based homestay programme, and the relevance of its ecological and cultural sensitivity for the region; and Tserob Dolma, a resident of Saspotse village, runs a homestay (one of several in the village), describes how this benefits villagers, wildlife, and tourists (translation by Tsewang Namgail). Also read about the Himalayan Homestays label and idea of homestays, pioneered among others by SLC-IT (a term since then co-opted by others). (checked on 9 Apr. 2019)
  9. A 2-hour conversation on Systemic Change and Environmental Justice as they emerge in India, USA, and other parts of the world, with a focus on democratisation of polity, economy, energy, food, and so on. Discussants: Johanna Bozuwa of Next Systems Project and Ashish Kothari of Kalpavriksh/Vikalp Sangam, moderated by Basav Sen, Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). Held at IPS, Washington DC, on 11th April 2018. (checked on 14 Apr. 2018)
  10. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh Cognitive Apartheid and Positive Ecological Footprint – Luc Hoffmann Award winning Ecologist Dhrubajyoti Ghosh talks about how we seem to suffer from Cognitive Apartheid and how we forget that Ecological Footprints can be sometimes positive as well. (checked on 16 Feb. 2018)

  11. East Kolkata Wetlnds – Ecologist’s PerspectiveDr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh is a Kolkata based ecologist credited with discovering and documenting the amazing resource recovery features of the East Kolkata Wetlands. (checked on 16 Feb. 2018)

  12. Slide-Presentation on Food Sovereignty, Social Justice and Ecological Sustainability, made by Ashish Kothari at the National Institute of Naturopathy (Mar. 2020, Pune), (checked on 19 Mar, 2020)
  13. Omkarlal Menaria, elder of Menar, Rajasthan, on conservation in his village – Omkarlal Menaria, an elder of Menar village, near Udaipur, Rajasthan, talks about the historical context and initiatives by his village to protect lakes and the birds inhabiting them. (checked on 18 Dec. 2017)

  14. Youth Birder Dharmendra Menaria, Menar village, Rajasthan – Dharmendra Menaria is a college-going youth of Menar village, who got interested in the birds visiting the village wetlands, learnt their identities, and has made a checklist of over 170 species! With some help from birders like Asad Rahmani and the Forest Dept. Wants to study Wildlife biology after he finishes his graduation. (checked on 18 Dec. 2017)

  15. Permaculture – An Introduction by Narsanna Kuppola in association with Aranya Agriculture Alternatives. (checked on 10 Nov. 2017)
  16. What Time is it?‘ is a series of 5 videos based on inspiring talks by Dr. Robert Gilman, given as part of the Foundation Stone series. It attempts to bring world cultures into sync with the 21st century reality around us. The series has come into being through watching people of good will get stymied again and again by old ways of thinking and cultural blind-spots as they try to build toward the better future they sense is possible. Careful observation of patterns in our history is followed by a view of the future, offering hope and possibility. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  17. Soil Not Oil youtube channel by Soil Not Oil Coalition (with over 150 presentations). (checked on 24 Jan. 2020)
  18. Importance of Permaculture for Indian Agriculture (checked on 8 Aug. 2017)
  19. Kasturi Patel of Navrachna is an ‘ordinary’ community person active on issues of agriculture, biodiversity, and land. Here she talks of traditional knowledge and ongoing efforts relating to agricultural biodiversity. Interviewed at the Madhya Pradesh Vikalp Sangam, Orchha (Madhya Pradesh, India), on 19 Sept 2017. कस्तूरी पटेल, नवरचना, क्रषि व बीज सम्बन्धित परम्पराअों व अाज कि गतिविधियों पर। (checked on 2 Dec. 2017)
  20. Tipping Point – a podcast on climate justice in the Anthropocene, created by Heinrich Boell Stiftung, explores pathways for climate justice in the Anthropocene – a geological epoch shaped by humans. It takes listeners on a journey to find out how we can reach the Paris goals. Through the lens of activists, experts, and scientists around the world, we can reflect on this exciting challenge and explore paths that might lead us into a better future. (checked on 15 May 2017)
  21. Drought-proof Lapodiya village in arid Rajasthan has revived the traditional water harvesting structures to harvest water. (checked on 29 Nov. 2019)
  22. Kaikondarahalli Lake — The Uncommon Story of an Urban Commons (extended version): The story of how a group of engaged citizens of Bengaluru transforms a polluted urban lake into a co-managed, healthy ecosystem with rich biodiversity. Read & see more on www.cbobook.org (checked on 14 Aug. 2015)

  23. Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary – And the forest came back! This film by the Swedish documentary filmmaker Boris Ersson is part of a series of films he is producing about people who dedicate their lives to saving some of the finest forests on earth. The film project is called “The Forest In Our Hearts”. This film won the first prize in the nature and environment category at the Nashik International Film Festival in 2015. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  24. Carrying the Earth 2016: Conservation Art on cloth bags. (checked on 21 Jun. 2016)
  25. Timbaktu’ the film on Timbaktu Collective, in Anantapur district, Telangana, directed by Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh of Black Ticket Films has been awarded the Best Film in Environment Category in the 60th National Film Awards. (checked on 8 Sep. 2015)
  26. Short documentaries on a variety of projects at Timbaktu Collective. (checked on 8 Sep. 2015)
  27. Wellpaper video – Women Empowered by Local Livelihood. Enterprise development under the WELL Project, Auroville. (checked on 20 Nov. 2017)
  28. It’s a good life – a film. What does a farmer do to a land that has died? He teams up with nature…and works a miracle! Based in area around Timbaktu. (checked on 8 Sep. 2015)
  29. Dharani – a film on a silent agricultural revolution. Based in area around Timbaktu. (checked on 8 Sep. 2015)
  30. Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview: Hour-long video on how humanity is at a crossroads, where through realising the interconnections amongst ourselves, and between us and the rest of the world, we could change things for the better … or let change overtake You. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  31. World Localization Day 2020 – full version (over 4 hours). An inspirational movement for change. Hear from Russell Brand, Jane Goodall, Satish Kumar, Vandana Shiva, Brian Eno, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Joanna Macy, Charles Eisenstein, Gail Bradbrook, Chris Hedges, Iain McGilchrist, Johann Hari, Alice Waters, Pat McCabe, Alnoor Ladha, Bayo Akomolafe and many more. (checked on 10 June 2021)
  32. Vanastree: Women Cultivating Seeds of Change – A documentary on the seed-keepers collective is about hardship and perseverance, environmental challenges and conservation, women who are relegated to their homes and women who are working for change in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. (checked on 24 Sep. 2015)
  33. Forest Rights Act and Conservation in Korchi, produced by Kalpavriksh. Since receiving Community Forest Resource Rights (CFRs) under the Forest Rights Act and the implementation of Maharashtra Rules under the Panchayat (Extension) to Scheduled Areas Act (PESA), villagers of Korchi taluka (Gadchiroli District, Maharashtra) have revived a sense of belonging and connection to the forest leading to processes towards gram sabha empowerment, strengthening local livelihoods based on collection and sale of non timber forest produce such as tendu leaves and bamboo, and management and conservation of forests. (checked on 5 Dec. 2019)
  34. The Story of Stuff, with Annie Leonard: Where all the stuff that we buy comes from and where it goes when we throw it out. A Marathi version is available:  ‘लाखमोलाची गोष्ट’  (‘स्टोरी ऑफ स्टफ’चे मराठी रुपांतर).  (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  35. The Story of Solutions, with Annie Leonard: Why making real change starts with ‘Changing the Game’. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  36. The story of Change, with Annie Leonard: Real change happens when citizens come together to demand rules that work.  (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  37. The story of Bottled Water, with Annie Leonard: How ‘Manufactured Demand’ pushes what we don’t need and destroys what we need most. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  38. The story of Cosmetics, with Annie Leonard: Each cosmetic product contains about a dozen or more chemicals – Carcinogens, Neurotoxins, Reproductive toxins – and less than 20% of all chemicals in cosmetics have been assessed for safety. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  39. Permaculture designer Andrew Faust of Center for Bioregional Living gives an inspiring and heady narrative on The Evolution of Ecological Consciousness. This is a brilliant condensation of the core of the scientific worldview with the metaphysical implications highlighted along the way. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  40. The movement for localization is growing rapidly, worldwide. These international voices from the 2014 Economics of Happiness conference in Bangalore, India, succinctly tell us why globalization is so damaging, why localization is the most strategic antidote, and what we can do to help make the shift from global to local. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  41. Elena Bennett presents the Seeds of a Good Anthropocene project which has collected some 500 examples of thriving sustainable initiatives across the world. (checked on 2 Nov. 2016)

  42. A Quick Glimpse at the work of the Kanchendzonga Conservation Committee that has innovatively reduced deforestation by banning collection of firewood (which was used for cooking, heating and camp-fires), and introduced waste management  through monitoring of garbage lists. They also give pre-trek briefings to trekkers in order to ensure the success of these programmes, and have initiated a homestay programme to benefit both the visitors and the local residents. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  43. Don’t waste your Garbage features founders of Pune-based SWaCH Plus (which works on upgrading waste pickers’ skills), a founder of Pune-based Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (a trade union of self-employed waste pickers and informal waste recyclers), and Andhra Pradesh’s Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration and former Warangal Municipal Commissioner (episode on Satyamev Jayate website). (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  44. स्वच्छ पुणे सेवा सहकारी संस्थेने प्रस्तुत केलेली कचरा व्यवस्थापनाविषयी चित्रफीत. A film (in Marathi, with subtitles in English) on the work of SWaCH – Waste managers of Pune. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  45. Living with Elephants is a documentary film showing how the conflict between the 100 or so resident elephants of Valparai and the thousands of people residing there was reduced through the use of a messaging system and a set of  remotely operated beacons. Read a story Indian conservationist wins Whitley award for saving elephants via SMS on Dr Ananda Kumar, the man who lead the effort. (checked on 1 Sep. 2015)
  46. How to transform apocalypse fatigue into action on global warming – (TED) video talk by Per Espen Stoknes. (checked on 21 Nov. 2017)

  47. A New We : EcoVillages and Ecological Communities in Europe explores 10 communities seeking new sustainable models for living in Europe and opens doors to further exploration and discovery on the new ‘Global EcoVillage & Sustainable Community Network’ (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)

  48. Three short movies to explore the comlex, sensitive and sometimes confusing and disturbing phenomenon of Governance of Protected and Conserved Areas, made by the  ICCA Consortium:  Governance for the conservation of nature, A stream on governance at the Sydney Parks Congress 2014 and Enhancing governance of protected and conserved areas: an agenda for action. (checked on 5 Mar. 2016)
  49. Re-Imagine The Future — Share The Vision! To overcome the crises of our time, new ways of thinking, acting and being are urgently needed. For information on how to take action and get involved see www.bollier.org/reimagine and/or www.gnhre.org/reimagine. (checked on 27 Feb. 2018)

  50. Holistic Development: A life in nature – a talk by Dilip Kulkarni, an environmentalist living in a village near Dapoli in coastal Maharashtra, and practising a low impact lifestyle. He publishes a magazine (in Marathi) called Gatiman Santulan. (checked on 22 Feb. 2018)
  51. Varasa is a documentary film showing a glimpse of traditional environmental wisdom across Maharashtra. It tries to show lifestyle of tribal and rural communities & also showcase wisdom in utilizing natural resources around them and make a happy and healthy livelihood.A project by Ketaki Ghate. वारसा – निसर्गाधारित पारंपरिक ज्ञानाचे संकलन महाराष्ट्र शासन पर्यावरण विभाग अनुदानित प्रकल्पांतर्गत, गेली दोन वर्षं महाराष्ट्रातल्या विविध ठिकाणी प्रत्यक्ष भेटी देऊन आम्ही ही माहिती संकलित केली. या निसर्गाधारित पारंपरिक ज्ञानाची झलक दाखवणारा छोटासा माहितीपट येथे प्रस्तुत करत आहोत. प्रकल्प निर्मिती- केतकी घाटे. (checked on 30 Apr. 2019)
  52. Modernity and the Ecological Conscience, a talk by Aseem Shrivastava on the wisdom of the Earth, in which he draws the implications of Hannah Arendt’s key notion of ‘Earth Alienation’ to show how the planetary ecological crisis is rooted in the great cognitive failure of the Enlightenment view of nature and the cosmos. He also draws the outlines of ‘Prakritik Swaraj’, as the way of the future, distinguishing it sharply from democracy. (checked on 26 Feb. 2019; accessible only till about 10 Mar. 2019)
  53. Transhumncia: “Andando y sembrando” un futuro sostenible (in Spanish with English subtitles) by Asociación Trashumancia y Naturaleza is a video about pastoralism in Spain that summarizes all arguments in favour of pastoralism – seed dispersion for retaining biodiversity, livelihoods, soil conservation, dairy, and so on, and the place it has in Spanish history and culture. (checked on 20 Oct. 2020)
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