Participatory Video gives a chance to people on the front lines of
climate change to advocate for their rights, get informed, spread the word and better adapt to their new climate challenge. Here are some examples of Participatory Video projects where climate change has been explored by the groups involved.
'Standing in the middle of a scorched savannah in Oltepesi, about 40 miles southwest of Nairobi, Benson K. Letuya, a youth leader from the Maasai community, holds a microphone in the searing sun. He stands next to a zebra, dying of thirst during the devastating drought that hit Kenya in 2009.' This article by MediaGlobal give an overview of our work as part of the Conversations with the Earth partnership since the launch of the programme since 2009.
Climate change is seen by many as being perhaps the greatest and most urgent threat to the culture, environment, livelihoods and spirituality of indigenous communities around the world. Over the past 3 years InsightShare supported the development of an unique network of autonomous community media ‘hubs’ in eight different communities; fueled by the dedication, passion and energy of extraordinary individuals, who have organised and facilitated projects with hundreds of people within their regions and beyond. It is their words that are quoted in this article and their perspectives on climate change and related issues that are represented by the CWE project.
In March 2012 InsightShare worked together with six other partners of the BRAVE collaboration on the 'Planet Under Pressure' conference. The conference aimed to bridge the worlds of science, the arts, politics, business, faith and the global South, the BRAVE collective challenged participants within and beyond the conference to develop a shared global vision of sustainability and come up with some 'big ideas' for achieving it.
An article about the conference was published in the Summer Issue of 'Planet Earth', click below to download the article.
What is your vision of a sustainable world? This is the question that was addressed by people from India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia and shared with an international conference of scientists, to inspire radical thinking.
A short film of voices from India, South Africa, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia, giving their ideas on how we can achieve a sustainable world. Made by InsightShare facilitators with the involvement of Participatory Video hubs in northeast India and South Africa, at the request of the Brave collaboration, initiated by UKCDS.
In 2012, a participatory video project brought Ilchamus women together to explore how climate change influences their lives. They made this video to discuss the more severe flooding of the past few years as well as other changes in their natural environment, such as deforestation, and to explain how these changes have negatively affected their well-being by ruining their huts, damaging roads and causing conflicts between tribes, scarcity of firewood and health problems for them, their children and their livestock.
This film was made by members of the Karrayu community of Dhebiti during a participatory video workshop facilitated by InsightShare in February 2012. It highlights some of the issues faced by the Karrayu pastoralists due to changing climate patterns and decreased access to traditional grazing lands. The participants also documented the community training centre field, established by members of Labata Fantalle, through which the Karrayu are engaged in permaculture training, learning how to grow crops for their livestock and food supplies.
In January 2011, a group of representatives from Nigerien non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on climate adaptation and human rights in Niger were brought together for a participatory video workshop. During the training, two short films were produced illustrating community based adaptation initiatives supported by UNDP in two respective villages in the Dakoro commune. This training was supported by UNDP/GEF Community-BASED adaptation (CBA) programme.
As part of the 'Conversations with the Earth — Indigenous Voices on Climate Change' programme InsightShare has supported the development of an indigenous media network around the world. Since 2009 the participatory video process has helped inspire indigenous communities across five continents to work together to protect the planet for future generations. This impact report summarises their stories and the story of InsightShare's contribution to the programme.