Published on 4 May 2009
Translations available in: français .

Global Citizen’s Climate Change and Water Film Festival to Visit Nine US Campuses

by Nina GREGG
Associated Central Topics: Art and responsibility .
Associated General Topics: Climate change . Water . Environmental education .

The Climate Change and Water Film Festival, a project of the Charter of Human Responsibilities and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development, will visit nine university and college campuses in the US in spring 2009.

The film festival aims to increase awareness and action regarding local and global issues around water.
The Charter of Human Responsibilities, an international project promoting action on our individual and collective responsibilities to one another and the planet, is partnering with Global Citizens for Sustainable Development to bring the film festival to the US. Global Citizens for Sustainable Development organized the first water film festival in India as a complement to activities of the World Youth Water Alliance.

Nina Gregg, US Coordinator of CHR and Anugraha John, founder and Executive Director of GCSD will visit campuses hosting the festival. Gregg will lead a workshop on the Charter of Human Responsibilities and John will make a presentation on water issues and youth activism in Asia.

In addition to sponsorship from the Charter of Human Responsibilities and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development, the festival is supported through the generosity of the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Television Trust for the Environment, and the China-India Forum. Additional films have been donated by Sam Bozzo and Purple Turtle Films, Elizabeth Pollock and Blue Marble Productions, Oscilloscope Laboratories, David Novack - American Coal Productions and Appalshop. Each festival also has local sponsors.

Campuses hosting the festival include Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), American University (Washington, DC), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Brandeis University (Waltham, MA), The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ), Maryville College (Maryville, TN), the University of the South (Sewanee, TN), Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ) and Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY).

For more information, please contact Nina Gregg and Anugraha John.

The Charter of Human Responsibilities is an international project with an ambitious and hopeful objective: mobilizing people to exercise our individual and collective responsibilities to one another and the planet. The CHR invites us to redefine responsibility in our communities, organizations and workplaces at a time when our interdependence has become both inevitable and necessary. CHR provides both a pre-text and a text. The pre-text asserts a universal principle of responsibility and encourages reflection on the meanings of individual and collective responsibility. The text challenges us to be intentional and reflective in our practices and actions.

Global Citizens for Sustainable Development is a not-for-profit organization based in Bangalore, India. GCSD works towards creating a society of "Global Citizens," a well-informed and committed group of young people with a clear vision about intercultural understanding in a world where local and global issues are intertwined and the notion of "Think Global, Act Local" is promoted through its various activities.

Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) works with partners globally to make and distribute films that inspire change. They create relevant and compelling content on environment and development for audiences worldwide. The television productions reach 274 million homes in 170 countries and millions more viewers through the internet and our partners.

China-India Forum is a platform for cross-cultural dialogue and action working towards a responsible, plural and harmonious society in the interest of both the countries and all its citizens working and living globally.


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