Telling stories of climate resilience

Telling stories of climate resilience

Interview with Milan George Jacob, executive producer of the short-documentary series “Faces of Climate Resilience”, winner of the second edition of the CMCC Climate Change Communication Award “Rebecca Ballestra”.


”It was clear that our narrative had to present climate change as a problem with solutions. That’s where the idea of humanising climate risks through stories of resilience came together.” Faces of Climate Resilience, the winner of the 2023 CMCC Award, is a compelling short-documentary series showcasing the voices of individuals in some of India’s most climate-vulnerable regions. In an interview with creative producer Milan George Jacob, we discuss storytelling as a tool for effective, people-focused climate communication.

Celebrated for its innovative approach to climate communication through storytelling, “Faces of Climate Resilience”, aims to humanise climate change, moving beyond data to share lived experiences and emphasise how communities are adapting through nature-based solutions and traditional wisdom.

The project won the 2023 edition of the CMCC Climate Change Communication Award “Rebecca Ballestra”, the biennial Award organised by the CMCC Foundation that aims to highlight the best communication initiatives that spread awareness about climate change.

Conceptualised and executed by the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), whose climate risks research formed the backbone of the stories, the series provides a hopeful narrative, deviating from the traditional catastrophic stories of climate change impacts. The project was produced in partnership with India Climate Collaborative, Edelgive Foundation and Drokpa Films.

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