Participatory Video gives a chance to people on the front lines of
climate change to advocate for their rights, get informed, spread the word and better adapt to their new climate challenge. Here are some examples of Participatory Video projects where climate change has been explored by the groups involved.
On the 29th October 2009 Soledad Muniz gave a talk about InsightShare´s work and the ´Conversation´s With the Earth´ project at CUiD (Cambridge University International Development). This article reviews her talk and concludes that she provided the audience with a convincing yet self-critical account of participatory video methods which was powerfully demonstrated in the 'Indigenous Voices on Climate Change' project.
The Apus, or sacred mountains are the guardians of the climate and the source of all pure water and thus have the power to protect or devastate communities living on them. The clip was made as part of a campaign to resist evangelical authorities and this video has resulted in local people taking up again traditional practices to nurture Mother Earth.
One Quechua family follows their grandmother and local shaman to the top of the sacred mountain. Ritual, deep respect and love are shown to the local mountain deity in order for us all to enjoy pure water and a beneficial climate for growing crops. Beautiful imagery combines with direct commentary from Angelica, local shaman, showing us the way to perform the rituals to nurture our Mother Earth.
In August 2009, representatives of eight Samoan villages took part in a Participatory Video project that resulted in the creation of the film 'Tofiga O Pili Aau'. This Photostory is a visual record of the process through which the group planned, filmed and edited their video and describes the key stages in the decision-making process.
Inuit elders and youth documented how they worked together on building a traditional sealskin kayak using traditional tools - the first traditional Copper Inuit kayak since 1950s. Beautifully shot and full of laughter and traditonal crafts and cooking this video is a fascinating document of a valuable community project.
'Growing Up in Cambridge Bay' charts the experiences and lives of local youth in Cambridge Bay in the Arctic Circle. They document traditional fishing, hunting, Arctic sports, local legends on the origin of death and musical traditions such as throat singing.
This is a shortened version of a film made by Maasai pastoralists, living near Oltepesi in Kenya, in March 2009. It documents the devastating impacts of a seemingly endless drought across the region that killed livestock and people, threatened livelihoods and caused wide-spread suffering to many of the indigenous pastoralist communities.
Forest dwellers feel the heat as traditional seasons fail. Fruits are rotting on the trees due to the excessive heat. Even the forest floor is drying up. ‘Facing Changes in African Forests’ was created by members of the Baka community in eastern Cameroon during a Participatory Video training in April 2009.