December6,2018: ‘Quotes from the Earth’, a three-day Environmental film festival by Toxics Link and India International Centre with support from The Swedish Society For Nature Conservation kicked off in New Delhi today. Former Union Minister and currently a member of Rajya Sabha from Karnataka Jairam Ramesh inaugurated the festival. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony he said, “We cannot deforest our way to prosperity. We need economic growth but not at the cost of ecological imbalance.” He also stated that “Between 2000-2015, 8% of all deaths in India were pollution-related”.
The film festival aims to sensitize the lay man towards the critical environmental issues plaguing the world today.The transition of a village from hunters of Amur Falcons to becoming their most fervent preservationists,the story of a Kashmiri man quitting his job as an ethical hacker in Silicon Valley and embarking on a journey to become a shepherd in Ladakh, the true story of the hardships and sacrifices of the sulphur miners ofKawahIjen in Indonesia,a documentary on the beauty of the Dal lake and its deteriorating condition due to multiple reasons,how a father of an asthmatic son in Warsawsearches for answers on why air pollution continues to be a major problem in Poland,the toxic chemical terrorism responsible for the ‘cancer belt’ of Punjab-all such ecological concerns and challenges faced at the national and international level are part of the film fiesta.
‘Quotes from the Earth’is one of the oldest environmental film festivals in the country and has been organized in the Capital since 2004. “Films tell you what other things cannot, said Ravi Agarwal, Director of Toxics Link. Apart from thought-provokingfilms by renowned Indian environmental filmmakers like S. Nallamuthu,Gautam Pandey, DoelTrivedy and Jalal Ud Din Baba,film viewers will also get to watchinternationally acclaimed films from countries like Indonesia, Turkey &The Dominican republic.
The festival, over the years, has attracted people from all walks of life including students, film lovers, environment enthusiasts and citizens. Students from schools like South Delhi Public School, Sister Nivedita, KanyaVidyalaya and KulachiHansraj Model School were part of the inaugural function this year. As many as 28 films are being screened this year which includes award winning films like ‘The Pangti Story’ by SesinoYhoshu and ‘Irada’ by Aparnaa Singh.
The films by and large come under five broad themes-Biodiversity, Sustainability, Climate Change, Water and Chemicals and they focus upon different issues, regions and struggles to give the audience a better chance to understand and engage with the stark environmental challenges.They deal with contemporary and topical issues like global warming,GM foods,smog and air pollution and forest fires.The biennial film festival, now in its 8th edition, is being held at the India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, on December 6th,7th& 8th, 2018 from 10 a.m. onwards. Entry is free.
About Toxics Link (www.toxicslink.org): Toxics Link is an environmental research and advocacy organization set up in 1996 by The Just Environment Charitable Trust. It lays a special emphasis on reaching out to numerous grassroots groups; community based organizations and the public at large through its empirical study-based information on environmental issues. Toxics Link works closely with all other stakeholders working on similar issues and has played a seminal role in facilitating the development of several common platforms for them on the national, regional as well as international levels. Toxics Link works in the area of Community and Waste, Toxics-free Health Care, Clean Industry, Chemicals& Health and Information & Communication. We work from New Delhi and have our nodal offices in Goa.
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