Voices echoing the truth about climate change are often drowned out even as the sea claims more and more homes and the ground beneath our feet sinks.
A new series of short documentaries “Faces of Climate Resilience” from the think tank Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and Drokpa Films portrays the lives and livelihoods affected by climate change.
The project, in collaboration with India Climate Collaborative, Edelgive Foundation and Drokpa Films, strives to make climate change more tangible beyond data through people’s lived experiences. The focus is on how individuals and communities are building climate resilience.
Over a period of more than nine months in 2021-22, these documentary makers covered some of India’s most climate-vulnerable states – Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand – and captured 16 diverse stories.
Stories include a women’s collective in Odisha replanting trees along a cyclone-prone coast, a mahila mangal dal in Uttarakhand working with local forest officials to fight forest fires, and a group of youth in the suburbs of Mumbai sensitizing slum dwellers on climate change and more. As a common element, all the films propose a resilience angle that communities are adopting in the face of climate change.
Starting August 5, the films are released every week and will continue until COP-27 in Egypt, which this year has as its theme climate adaptation and resilience.
The project was implemented by Drokpa Films with Shawn Sebastian in the role of director.
Watch the first film Picking up the Pieces: How Idukki rebuilds life after the 2018 Kerala floods.
Watch the second film Uttarakhand’s Young Water Scientists: How Students Lead Spring Conservation
Film Three: Nurturing a Forest: How SHGs in Puri Scaled Nature-Based Solutions Against Climate Risks