Climate change is more real than ever today, and its effects can be easily observed in our lives. Natural disasters are increasing in frequency, as well as intensity. On the one hand, oceanic temperatures are rising, and on the other, polar ice caps are shrinking. The emission of greenhouse gases is not only multiplying the effect of global warming, but also causing respiratory ailments in humans.
Environmentalists, world over, concur that human activity is responsible for the damage caused to Earth, and opine that only by spreading awareness can any of it be undone. Understanding the fragility of the ecosystem and its natural resources can go a long way in protecting the only planet we have.
Hundreds of NGOs, academic institutions, and independent entities have been trying to do just that through thought-provoking social media campaigns, and educational sessions, but one powerful tool that has managed to strike a chord is filmmaking.
Hundreds of thousands of documentaries and short films pegged on climate change have popped up in the recent past, and SocialStory has hand-picked some of them for you:
The Weeping Apple Tree
Directed by the Vijay S Jodha, The Weeping Apple Tree, throws the spotlight on apple trees growing in the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Through its powerful visuals and storytelling, the film talks about the complex issue of climate change and its effects on the state’s apple-growing areas.
The sight of apples being replaced with cauliflowers, plums, and peaches shows the consequences of warmer temperatures on melting ice caps.
Climate’s First Orphan
Satabhaya is a quaint coastal village located in Orissa’s Kendrapara district, and the documentary reflects the impact of global warming on this place.
Made and encapsulated by Nila Madhab Panda, the documentary talks about the effects of land encroachment by refugees in the locality, and the subsequent destruction of agriculture along the belt.
Shores of Silence
This is a landmark film that made it to the Green Oscars. Mike Pandey’s endeavour to highlight the issue of the needless killing of whale-sharks for cod-liver oil was well-received, the world over. The documentary helped bring several legislative changes, globally, that aimed to protect the species.
The Indian government too acted on it, and banned the fishing of whale-sharks, declaring them an endangered species under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
A Green Agony
A network of densely forested mangroves intersected by creeks and water bodies – Sundarbans is one of the richest, most diverse ecosystems in India. ‘A Green Agony’ analyses the impact of climate change on the wildlife and habitat of the area surrounding the Sundarbans.
It also makes people think about the burden the land has been bearing as a result of human activities. Geeta Singh does justice to the film by featuring the royal Bengal tiger, and its imperilment owing to the ingress of the sea on the land.
A Dreadful Fate
Directed by Doolam Satyanarayana, ‘A Dreadful Fate’ throws light on the issue of contamination of groundwater resources. The entire film was shot in the Nalgonda district of Telangana, where excess fluoride in groundwater led to fluorosis – a serious disease that leads to the deformation of bones.
The visuals in the documentary are so poignant that they evoke tears. Even today, the people living there are facing a water crisis.
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