InsightShare works with indigenous peoples in various countries all around the globe. The subjects they have chosen to document through video include efforts for self-determination, the local effects of climate change, cultural heritage documentation and other issues for which they have harnessed video as a powerful advocacy tool. Here are some examples.
In this video the Comcaac explain how Western companies came to their communities -- promising lots of money -- but causing climate change, contamination and depletion of their natural resources. The Comcaac are proud of their wisdoms on how to conserve nature and feel responsible to leave a healthy and alive Earth behind for the coming generations.
Conversations with the Earth (CWE) is an indigenous-led media network that documents indigenous perspectives on climate change. This newsletter summarizes the latest news about the travels of the CWE multi-media exhibition, the local action plans of the community-owned video hubs and other developments within the growing network.
Children of the Comcaac community of Punta Chueca plant mangroves to fight the erosion of the beaches near their community. As a result of climate change mangrove swamps have dried up and the Infiernillo channel is becoming wider. The children explain that from now on they will do their best to take good care of the mangroves to protect their land.
During a participatory video project, a group of Yaqui consulted their community elders to document how their local climate has changed and discovered that "water calls water": after a dam was build in the mountains, the Yaqui river dried up and rains stopped coming. As a result, the Yaqui are suffering from very long and severe droughts making it impossible for them to cultivate their fields with their native crops.
Conversations with The Earth (CWE) is an indigenous-led multi-media campaign to amplify indigenous voices in the global discourse on climate change. Since March 2009 InsightShare has worked with seven communities across three continents to help seed a growing network of community-owned video hubs. After coming back from the Copenhagen Climate Summit (UNCOP15), the indigenous representatives shared their fresh inspiration with their communities and started new initiatives. In this document we look back on all the passionate work that already led to great results during the first half of 2010.
In April 2010 InsightShare's Latin America Director Maja, and community video facilitators Balvino, Primitivo, Irma and Rosio participated in the exciting People's Forum on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights, in Cochabamba, Bolivia that was attended by 35,000 people.
Conversations with the Earth has led to an international indigenous family of communities and media hubs covering 4 continents and many diverse ecosystems. Participatory Video capacity building was the catalyst to community empowerment and the amplifying of excluded voices of the traditional custodians of our planet's biocultural diversity. This photostory visually describes the 10 days we spent together in Copenhagen in December 2009 participating in the UN COP15 conference and Klimaforum, the people's summit.
Conversations with the Earth is an indigenous network of media hubs to document the impacts of climate change on vital ecosystems and local cultures. 15 indigenous representatives met in Denmark for the UN Conference of the Parties meeting on climate change (COP15). This update summarises the tremendous impacts made at the conference as well as the key milestones through 2009: the year in which InsightShare seeded 6 new community-owned hubs in Panama, Kenya, Peru, Arctic, Philippines and Cameroon.
Launched in April 2009, Conversations with the Earth is a collective opportunity to build a global movement for an Indigenous- controlled community media network. This newsletter brings all the latest news from the CWE Hubs around the world.