We believe that there is an urgent need to address overlooked environmental problems especially in remote areas, where people directly depend on their environment. In places, where any reckless action can lead to the damage of natural ecosystems and threat life ensuring human-nature connection. In places with fragile alpine ecosystems like Ladakh, where the advent of modern lifestyle caused profound changes in society bringing along various environmental challenges. We also believe that real experience is worth of dozens of theoretical lessons. Keeping this in mind we feel that there is a need to create an awareness initiative and workshop that engages people. The idea of our project is to connect environmental awareness with the action and lived experience.
The core of our team consists of two young environmentally concerned directors and one environmentalist from Czech Republic. The project is divided into two major parts. Firstly, the Environmental Action Workshop will be conducted with teenage school students in July at remote Kargil region in Ladakh. Through short introduction and lectures, students will be motivated to think about the prevailing issues and come up with their own ideas from which, under the supervision of our volunteers, students will create a small theater play. The play will be performed in front of parents and community members followed by a discussion. During the workshop students are also motivated to action and are given practical clues how to deal with the problem.
Secondly, based on our interaction during the workshop and people’s knowledge, experiences and opinions, we will shoot a short documentary where human – nature relationship will be the primary focus. It will be an extension of the Environmental Action Workshop primarily focused on interviews and daily activities of the local people with connection to their environment. The central theme will be the documentation from where the life was, to where life is, to where life could be in relation to the human - nature interaction. The film will enable us to extend the quality of our further planned workshops using it as a case study and will be aimed to further help communities address environmental issues of their region.
- Transportation, Food and Lodging(For entire month of July)- RS 25,000
- Cost of organizing and conducting workshop( Preparation, educational sheets , stationary , screening devices , gloves , props) - RS 6,000
- Hiring of local guide , rents for the spaces of the workshop (contribution for the community ) - Rs 10,000
- Requirement in technical equipment (for documentary and filming)- Prime lens for camera - Rs 8,000 ND filters- Rs 2,500 Tripod - Rs 2,000
- Post production for documentary (Editing , promotion ) - Rs 8,000
NOTE - The details of all the funds used (items purchased , travelling and bills will be submitted) as we go ahead with the project
Lenka Topinkova is an environmentalist and social activist from Czech Republic. She has been coming to India since 2012 starting as volunteer engaged in work with children, subsequently coordinating project focused on women self-sufficiency in Ladakh. Later on she has started her PhD research and various social works in Northeast India. Throughout her studies and work she has been focusing on an issue of mainstream development concept and its implication on livelihoods of local marginalized communities. In recent years, understanding of traditional approaches to natural ecosystems in the contrast of negative environmental aspects of development concept became a core of her work. Since 2018 she has conducted a few environmental awareness workshops in Nagaland. She stays focused on this area and currently preparing environmental action workshop for teenage school children in Ladakh and Northeast India.
AMAAN HASSAN KHAN
Amaan Hasan Khan is a Director, Sound Designer, Songwriter, Photographer and an Illustrator hailing from the small town of Jamshedpur. Indulging in esotercism and the mainstream simultaneously, he believes there is a middle ground to be found which can push human critical thinking through popular media.
Shakeb Zuber is an energetic and passionate social science student and an aspiring documentary filmmaker . He believes that the Media and art plays and important role in bridging down the gap between 'what we know' and 'what we feel'.