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  • 'The Water Catchers’ is a story of an unlikely hero, an unassuming boy living in the concrete, water-deprived city of Mumbai. The boy named Chintu, has a simple wish - to find water in the village called Tintodan of his forefathers.Enthralled by his grandfather’s stories, Chintu decides to act a...
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  • Teesta remains the only disagreement between India and Bangladesh despite 54 transboundary rivers, says conflict resolution expert Sundeep Waslekar in this video chat.
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  • Kalaivani, a single mother of three, took to farming after the loss of her husband almost two decades ago. Since then, she has grown all the crops on her farm without using chemical or synthetic pesticides or fertilisers. Over the last few years, she has focused her time and energy in growing organi...
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  • Nitrogen and phosphorus are essential for plant growth – that is common knowledge for farmers. Cow dung contains nitrogen – that is also common knowledge for farmers. Then why is it that many farmers look for costly solutions rather than use the abundant cow dung they have in their far...
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  • On the eve of World Environment Day, this series brought out by CNN-IBN explores the pristine Western Ghats with an aim to influence the States to preserve this endangered landscape.
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  • 24 power projects are being proposed in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, which has the second highest biodiversity in India. The 9900 megawatt (MW) nuclear power project at Jaitapur is also included in this list of projects. If sanctioned, it could be the large...
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  • “What is in a name? That which we call a rose, would smell as sweet by any other”, goes the line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. There is quite a lot in a name, Juliet, especially if attaching the wrong terminology to a process is used to appropriate public funds - Rs. 800 crores, in fact. ...
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  • Revived traditional water harvesting sources in Rajasthan empower the women for whom daily fetching of water is a matter of survival.
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  • Till a few decades ago, most people in India grew vegetables and fruits in their own gardens. Then something changed. We shifted from 'farming for food' to 'farming for money'. The start of the ‘green revolution’ meant that production increased but so did the farmer's dependency on chemicals, fe...
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  • Images of the formation of lake at the once frozen North Pole, through time lapse cameras, paint a grim picture of the earths’ rising temperature or can this be attributed to the cyclic natural phenomenon in that area
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  • Baina beach under severe threat of erosion with the underground petroleum pipeline of the Zuari Indian Oil Tanking Ltd (ZIOTL) lying exposed
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  • The white rice commonly eaten is just plain and simple starch, with the nutrients all removed; Learn about the colored, healthy, traditional, homegrown rice you are missing on!
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  • In this TED-Ed lesson, Mary Koga explains the science behind a seed’s germination and shares how we can give nature a boost.
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  • The Uttarakhand deluge is a man made, climate change induced disaster and matches pattern of the other extreme weather events being witnessed around the world
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  • As temperature rises, ice in the Arctic melts and disappears, leaving behind a distraught & damaged fragile eco system
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  • How a farmer and a city dweller view ,use & waste water - Kaledha Hani (Lost droplet), a film on water scarcity wins accolades
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  • A film on System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a rice farming method that conserves water, wins award at African agricultural film festival
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  • Forest department tries to play safe by accusing the locals for destroying Padbhera reserve forest in Odisha while it was locals only who have informed authorities about the destruction happening in forest since last two months: an audio
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  • Urban planners need to think on food security and how it affects the health of the citizens, keeping in mind the decreasing farmlands and increasing food wastage
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  • Clean energy solutions need a rethink to involve and to initiate local traditional knowledge, and to propose schemes that benefit the locals first
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The competition serves as a tool spread awareness on environmental issues on a large scale. By using film making, you are encouraged to highlight those issues that greatly affect the environment and climate change in your society. There are these three main themes around which you may make your films: 

  1. The polluting cities
  2. E-waste
  3. The changemakers

For more information, please visit Films for Change.

 

December 15, 2014 12:00AM

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The water in Jamwadi village, Yavatmal has been severely contaminated by the Raymond Company but quality tests only confirm this when the villagers changed the name of the village on the test sample.

A decade ago, Jamwadi village in Yavatmal, Maharashtra, was a famous tourist attraction due to its beautiful lake. Now, there is no lake to speak of thanks to the Raymond factory in Yavatmal. Wastewaster from the factory flows untreated into the lake, which is located 15 kms away. This has severely affected the environment, health and community life of not only Jamwadi village but also five others in the area namely Yechuri, Tiwsa, Bhoyar, Varaz and Chani.

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Agricultural lands of thousands of people have been destroyed in Odisha and the growing need for power is trumping over the environment. Better regulation can help but it needs to happen soon.

"The agricultural production in our region has deteriorated due to pollution. Haphazard mining has lead to serious drinking water problems in the area", says Indar Bilas Shah, a 56- year old resident of Obada village, Lakhanpur block in Jharsuguda, Odisha. He's not the only one. Thousands of villagers in Jharsuguda echo these sentiments. 

Who's to blame?

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The film 'Kaayal Kadhaigal' meaning 'stories from the lagoon', shows how Cheyyur's flourishing fishing and agricultural practices, could soon end due to an upcoming coal power plant.

Cheyyur, a town 100 km from Chennai in Kanchipuram, has been identified as the site for a 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Ultra Mega Power Projects are a series of ambitious power projects planned by the Government of India where each UMPP is said to have a capacity of 4000MW or above.

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Since the implementation of Phad irrigation, a low cost and eco-friendly system that works without electricity, agricultural production has increased improving the situation of farmers in Yavatmal.

Yavatmal, a district in Maharashtra, has gained popularity more for the number of farmer suicides than anything else in recent years. Since 2001, more than 2700 cases of suicide have been registered in this district alone. Poor water availability, low agriculture production and increasing debts are the major causes for suicide. 

To improve the condition of farmers in Vidarbha, Dilasa Sanstha, an NGO based in Yavatmal, has tried to implement the Phad irrigation system in their lands. 

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Villages of Nagaland that aren't connected to the electricity grid have been given hope by a new source of power.

It is a labour of love. For 10 years, the team at Nagaland Empowerment of People through Economic Development (NEPeD) held this experiment close to their hearts- a daunting task that is lighting up lives in far-off villages in the mountains of Nagaland today. The hydroger has made way for many to diversify their income through new activities and reduced women’s day-to-day drudgery.

What is a hydroger?

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Kikruma in Nagaland has its own system of water harvesting. Watch a farmer explain this unique method called Zabo, which helps manage water while nurturing the soil and optimizing agriculture.

Located at an altitude of 1270 metres , Kikruma, a quaint village nestled in a rainshadowed area of Phek district of Nagaland is a wonder. Centuries ago, the village evolved a self-organizing system to take care of its water, forest and farm management. ‘Zabo’, which means 'impounding water', is an ingenious method of catching rainwater from running off the mountains.

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Sukhomajri village, the model of watershed development, is today a witness to man's changing priorities which is separating him from his environment. The video tells the full story.

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The Hirakud dam in Odisha was supposed to control flooding and bring people water and power. Instead, it has taken away their livelihoods and only brought them hardship and misery.

The Hirakud Dam project is the oldest of its kind in India. The dam was built across the Mahanadi river about 15 kms upstream of Sambalpur in the state of Odisha. It is the first major multipurpose river valley project in post-independent India and also one of its longest.

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Rainwater harvesting is the easiest way to address the growing water scarcity that we are facing. Read on to find out what you can do at your home, office or apartment community.

Fresh water found on land has only two primary sources - melting of ice, and rain. Harvesting rain is crucial for sustaining both the surface and sub-soil water sources. That this has been well understood throughout rural India historically is evident from the numerous age-old water harvesting systems put in place several decades ago, which operate even today. 

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