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Global Citizens’ Climate Change and Water Film Festival
1st July 2008 – 31st December 2009
Water is essential for Life. The world’s water resources are our lifeline for survival. Water is crucial for sustainable development, including the preservation of our natural environment and the alleviation of poverty and hunger. Water is indispensable for human health and well-being.
The Earth’s Climate has changed throughout history but recent Climate Change is alarming. Since the Industrial Revolution, human activities have added to the heat-trapping of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The burning of fossil fuels and biomass has also resulted in emissions of aerosols that absorb and emit heat, and reflect light.
Climate Change and Water
Of the many social, economic and environmental impacts and vulnerabilities to climate change, the projected effects on the qualitative and quantitative status of world water resources is a critical area for people’s lives and the economy.
Even if emissions of greenhouse gases were stabilized today, increases in temperature and the associated impacts, including those on water availability and flooding will continue for decades
Water resource issues interact with a wide range of socio-economic and environmental sectors including health, agriculture, biodiversity, public safety, industry and navigation. Indeed, there are few activities that do not in some way depend on or interact with water resources.
About this Film Festival
Today one-third of the world population comprises of youth and every nations hope is in youth. We believe as organizers of this Film festival that Youth have tremendous potential and can make a difference on alarming issues such as these. It is also true that youth cannot do it on their own thus youth will make Intergenerational partnership to bring this Change. But someone has to take a lead and this time it would be young people.
This festival will be hosted with the help of local universities, colleges and high school or Non-governmental Organizations addressing issues locally and globally. Youth from the institution/s which hosts this festival will be the joint coordinator/s for such a festival.
This film festival could be either a half a day to four days festival depending on the budget raised or resources mobilized by local institutions. We as organizers are not going to help financially but find different resources within the institution to mobilize such an event. Today quite few institutions have their own LCD projector, sound system and a classroom. That’s most of what we need, films and Speakers/Experts for a discussion after the film festival we will organize.
If you think this is not going to work, we would like to tell you it did work earlier with the World Youth Water Alliance Film festival (a program of the Global Citizens for Sustainable Development) successfully hosted in India, China, Philippines, Japan and USA. Please see the link: http://wateralliance.org/Events.html
The first film festival will be launched in Tokyo, Japan at the China-India-Japan Forum in July 2008. This film festival will then travel to countries such as India, China, Korea, USA, Greece, New Zealand and others up to December 2009.
If you are interested to host Global Citizens’ Climate Change and Water film festival at your institution or if you want to submit films for this Festival please contact us at filmfestival Fc8 globalcitizens.org.in
Asia – Anugraha John
Europe – Yolanda Ziaka
Pacific – Betsan Martin
Anugraha John, Anabel Tonkovi, Nina Gregg, Pat Keeton, Ruma Sen, Zhao Baisheng, Yolanda Zaika and Betsan Martin.