COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Disseminating vital information on climate change by indigenous communities to others whose livelihoods are threatened.

LifeMosaic supports indigenous peoples to defend their rights, territories and cultures. We do this by producing popular education resources for indigenous communities, and by facilitating the widespread distribution of these resources.

Between November 2011 to May 2012, APE supported LifeMosaic’s ongoing widespread distribution of ‘Fever – A Video Guide’. Fever is a set of 4 popular education climate change films for indigenous peoples, produced in language and imagery accessible to indigenous peoples across the tropics. The films are based on community testimonies from Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Indonesia. Film production was carried out in close collaboration with 30 indigenous communities where filming took place and testimonies were recorded; with main partners Tebtebba, AMAN, and Gekko Studio; and with a further 20 indigenous peoples organisations. APE was one of the funders that had supported the production of Fever.

The films, available at: http://www.lifemosaic.net are:

1. Fever: Explains what climate change is and why it is so important to indigenous peoples (21 minutes).

2. Impacts: Shows how large-scale industries (coal, oil and plantations) contribute to climate change and impact on indigenous peoples livelihoods and rights (20 minutes).

3. Organisation: tools and strategies being used by indigenous communities to defend their culture, territories and rights (23 minutes).

4. Resilience: examples of indigenous peoples increasing their resilience to climate change by strengthening their customary systems and developing new approaches for adaptation (22 minutes).

LifeMosaic and our partners are disseminating these videos to thousands of indigenous communities in the tropics, with an emphasis on areas where large-scale extractive and agro-industrial developments are planned. Distribution aims to accelerate critical community awareness, supporting informed decisions and actions in response to these developments; and to strengthen the capacity of local networks and organisations in their awareness-raising and advocacy work. In the course of the grant, 1,300 DVD copies were sent out on request to over 300 NGOs, indigenous peoples organisations and advocacy groups working with indigenous peoples in 18 countries, with a particular focus on Africa.

Here are a few examples of groups that have started using the films in their community empowerment work as a result of APE’s grant:

1 Centre for Pastoralist Development CEPAD (Kenya) –are using the films widely in indigenous communities of pastoralists, hunters and gatherers, fisher-folks   and farming communities all spread within the East Africa Region, targeting a population of 200 people per month.

3 l’AGAFI (Gabon) – The Association for the assistance of indigenous women in Gabon will use the films in their community empowerment work around the country.

4 Oceanwatch (Solomon Islands) has held screenings in communities in the world heritage site where a Malaysian Logging company is moving in.

5 NAPE (Uganda) works to towards ensuring sustainable use and management of natural resources including advocating for good governance and human rights. NAPE are using the films in 4 different areas including the oil region in Western Uganda where oil-related activities threaten to displace communities, and in the central region Kalangal district where oil palm plantations have, and continue to displace communities around Lake Victoria.

LifeMosaic can provide the films free of charge to communities and their support organisations so if you would like to discuss making them available to your relevant grassroots networks please get in touch on: info@lifemosaic.net

http://www.lifemosaic.net/

 

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