Grounded in respectful long-term partnership between indigenous-led organizations and award-winning experts in participatory video, journalism, photography, and audio, Conversations with the Earth conveys local accounts of the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities, stories of the unintended consequences of imposed mitigation on local livelihoods, and examples of traditional knowledge and its value in developing appropriate responses to climate change.
Soledad Muñiz talks about the Participatory Video process and all the positive changes this method sets in motion in a community. She also describes the three stages of engagement to promote the transition from the community-owned to the community-led approach in PV practice through capacity building which create new hubs in local communities.
'Standing in the middle of a scorched savannah in Oltepesi, about 40 miles southwest of Nairobi, Benson K. Letuya, a youth leader from the Maasai community, holds a microphone in the searing sun. He stands next to a zebra, dying of thirst during the devastating drought that hit Kenya in 2009.' This article by MediaGlobal give an overview of our work as part of the Conversations with the Earth partnership since the launch of the programme since 2009.
Climate change is seen by many as being perhaps the greatest and most urgent threat to the culture, environment, livelihoods and spirituality of indigenous communities around the world. Over the past 3 years InsightShare supported the development of an unique network of autonomous community media ‘hubs’ in eight different communities; fueled by the dedication, passion and energy of extraordinary individuals, who have organised and facilitated projects with hundreds of people within their regions and beyond. It is their words that are quoted in this article and their perspectives on climate change and related issues that are represented by the CWE project.
Soledad Muniz, InsightShare Associate, has contributed with two articles in the PLA 63 How wide are the ripples? From local participation to international organisational learning: 'Western Balkans Green Agenda, local storytelling through participatory video making', in the section 'Making Sense'; and 'InsightShare's global network of community video hubs' in the section 'Structures, mechanisms and spaces'.
This film is a visual dictionary of the Baka language, intended as an educational tool for those wishing to learn their first Baka words as well as giving a fascinating insight into Baka life in the forest. It was created during a two-month skills exchange between InsightShare and Baka organisation Okani.