With photography by Robin Hammond and produced by Panos Pictures, this multimedia piece looks at the island nation of Tuvalu, as the Tuvaluan people become some of the first environmental refugees, a direct result of man-made climate change.
In December this year a treaty to replace the Kyoto protocol will be drawn up at the climate change conference in Copenhagen. At a preliminary summit in March, scientists presented new information that revised previous estimates of future sea level rise. The new figures suggest that by the end of the century the oceans could be one metre or more above their current levels. Coastal regions will be flooded and low-lying nations such as the tiny South Pacific country of Tuvalu could be submerged.
The impact of rising seas and the increase in extreme weather events can already be seen in Tuvalu. It is one of 22 Pacific island nations with 7 million inhabitants between them that contribute only 0.06% of global greenhouse gas emissions but are three times more vulnerable to climate change than countries in the North.
At the primary school in Funafuti, children are taught about climate change from the age of six. They are also learning what it means to emigrate, because this could be the last generation of children to grow up in Tuvalu. Its people are already in flight. More than 4,000 live in New Zealand, and the Tuvaluan government is planning the migration of the remaining 10,000.
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Documentario, prodotto da Ev-K2-Cnr e realizzato dal giornalista Stefano Ardito sulla regione delle Mustang (Nepal).
Da qualche anno, gli abitanti di Dhe, di Sam Dzong e di altri villaggi d’alta quota nel Mustang hanno visto le loro sorgenti inaridirsi e sono stati costretti ad abbandonare una parte dei loro campi. I pascoli, che prima consentivano la vita di grandi mandrie di yak, diventano rapidamente più aridi. In alcune zone, le fonti di acqua per irrigare e dissetarsi si sono ridotte del 70-80%. Gli abitanti di alcuni villaggi hanno chiesto alle autorità locali e al governo di Kathmandu di essere considerati dei “rifugiati ambientali”, e di essere ricollocati in nuovi centri edificati ad hoc.
Una testimonianza diretta degli effetti dei cambiamenti climatici in una delle terre più belle e fragili del mondo.
In June 2012, "Welcome to the Anthropocene"—a film about the state of the planet—opened the UN's Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date.
A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.
HD stills available here: igbp.net/5.1081640c135c7c04eb480001217.html
Unnarrated version here: vimeo.com/40940686
The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions. planetunderpressure2012.net
The film is part of the world's first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by anthropocene.info
Anthropocene.info is a beta version. Phase two and phase three of the site development will be complete by the end of 2012.
‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humour, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.
In the film you'll see stories of communities creating their own local currencies, setting up their own pubs, planting trees, growing food, celebrating localness, caring, sharing. You’ll see neighbours sharing their land with neighbours that have none, local authorities getting behind their local Transition initiatives, schoolchildren making news in 2030, and you'll get a sense of the scale of this emerging movement. It is a story of hope, and it is a call to action, and we think you will like it very much. It is also quite funny in places.