This week at Media Voices, we have very big news! The third film in our series, THE SAME HEART, has launched a crowd-funding campaign at IndieGoGo to raise the money to edit and finish the film. We have six years in, and the film is shot and partially cut. We’re very excited to have gotten [...]
Oxfam briefing paper calling for a new approach to risk and poverty reduction.
A 24-year-old farmer in Nepal decides to switch from wheat to bananas, against the advice of his father, because of the unpredictability of rains due to climate change.
Eighteen-year-old Mukesh has made extensive coverage on issues in his community for India Unheard (Video Volunteers), which span from agriculture to corruption in Jharkhand’s education system.
In Jharkhand mining has played a large role in the change of weather conditions. That crops fail every year is not the only problem. Farmers have been forced to leave their homes to look for sources of income in cities.
This video is part of a project by Video Volunteers and the Indian Network for Ethics and Climate Change to document the effects of climate change on local communities across 14 states in India. These communities tell our CCs how changing weather patterns affects their livelihoods and that little has been done to help them cope.
In Madagascar, an estimated 65 percent of the population of 19 million live on little more than US$1 a day and the country has long been plagued by political crises. Climate change adds insult to injury. Farther south, communities are under siege from the relentless march of sand; dunes sweep in on the wind and claim the void left by farmland choked dry by years of drought. In villages such as Androka, the sand and floods have forced hundreds of people to flee. Some have taken refuge in new towns, but remain hostage to the ravages of climate.
Greenhouse gases, carbon footprints, energy efficiency, protracted debates between politicians and thinkers. Is this what you think of when you think of climate change? For most people climate change is something that lies in the distant future.
For people like Bhan, Devidas, Jitendra Luxmi and their communities, who depend heavily on climate sensitive natural resources, climate change is a reality that has altered their lives drastically. Ironically, this vulnerable section of society is the one that is most excluded from policy decisions on climate change.
Through a collaborative project, Video Volunteers and the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change have documented the effects of climate change on local communities across 14 states in India. This Web show is a compilation of the 18 videos that were created by Community Correspondents across the country. The videos make it very clear that the ground reality of climate change cannot be ignored any longer and that India must incorporate this reality in a strong policy to tackle climate change and assist those affected by it.
You’ve heard what the climate change experts have to say. Now you can see the stories of those directly affected by climate change. To ensure that these voices are heard and included in the climate change discussion, we ask you to forward this webpage to others, particularly organisations that work with climate change.
An important study from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network on impacts of climate change on vulnerable households, and the limits of adaptation. New thinking and practical approaches are needed to address the threats to human security that climate change combined with social vulnerability pose for current and future patterns of loss and damage. The report has case studies from five countries across three major regions (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Gambia, Kenya and Micronesia).
This week at Media Voices, Julia Perez highlights the Congressional Farm Belt resistance to changing labor regulations in a way that extends the same protections to youth working in agriculture as we have in all other labor sectors. Her piece, The Parental Exemption on Family Farms: If Corporations Are People, Are They Parents Too?, points [...]
The links between climate change and industrial agriculture create a nexus of crises—food insecurity, natural resource depletion and degradation, as well as human rights violations and inequities. This report by the Böll Foundation unravels the interrelated causes of and effects on these issues.
Changing weather patterns have caused severe droughts in north-eastern Chad. As a result, soaring malnutrition rates have affected great numbers of rural villagers. UNICEF-supported health centres are key in monitoring and treating malnourished children, particularly in remote areas.
UNIA Programme # 1272 Transcript (pdf)
A UN-TV Production
Yesterday, the much-anticipated International Conference on Climate got underway in Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon their arrival, the delegates to COPA 15, as it’s called, will encounter something altogether new and very compelling, a DECLARATION drafted by 160 youth delegates from 44 countries, the results of a week of debate and workshops at The Children’s Climate Forum. [...]
Declaration by the youth delegates at the Children’s Climate Forum in Copenhagen December 4th 2009
On 24 October, people at over 5200 events in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history, organized by 350.org.
350 parts per million is what many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments are now saying is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. To learn more about the science behind 350, click here and here for Bill McKibben’s excellent blog “The Science of 350, the Most Important Number on the Planet”
Indonesian Child Climate Ambassador shares her plan for change
Voices of climate ambassadors on climate change at the opening ceremony of Children’s Climate Forum in Copenhagen December 6th 2009
Climate ambassador from Indonesia shares the impact of sea level rise on her country
She was only 12 years old at the time, today she is 29, but Severn Cullis-Suzuki brought a room of international diplomats and bigwigs to a humbled silence and tears with her heartfelt address at The United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. We offer her remarks at Media Voices as a [...]