Faces of Climate Resilience

Faces of Climate Resilience

A 16 part short documentary series that highlights success stories of climate adaptation through the voices of vulnerable people pan-India

New Delhi | Started on 01/09/2021 – Concluded on 14/10/2022

Faces of Climate Resilience was conceptualised and executed by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), in partnership with India Climate Collaborative, Edelgive Foundation, and Drokpa Films, to simplify scientific information and data by humanising climate change. CEEW’s in-depth climate risks research formed the base for the series, which provides a hopeful arc to the climate story, deviating from the doom and gloom.

The project captures the voices of India’s climate-vulnerable populations through 16 short documentaries. The films, produced in a snackable format with a duration of three to four minutes, were released on YouTube every Friday for 16 weeks in the run-up to COP27 in 2022. The films were accompanied by a photo exhibition at the CEEW HQ in New Delhi. The films provide a pan-India perspective with stories from Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The focus is on the action happening on the ground, highlighting climate adaptation practices using traditional wisdom, nature-based solutions and modern technology in the Global South. Nearly 40 per cent of the films are women-centric. The majority of the films are based in rural areas, which are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.

The stories include a women’s collective in Odisha replanting trees along a cyclone-prone coast, a youth group in suburban Mumbai sensitising slum dwellers about climate change, a women-led group in Uttarakhand working with local forest officials in combating forest fires, and a community radio station broadcasting early warning messages and programmes on disaster preparedness. The snackable format and relatable stories on climate change led to 30+ screenings (and counting) and discussions in India and abroad. At COP27, the films were screened and discussed at UNFCCC’s first Global Stocktake creative space. The series also inspired a World Economic Forum (WEF) blog and three WEF videos on climate adaptation at India’s grassroots.

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