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GEF screens films on climate crises


The Sunday Guardian, New Delhi,  20th Jul 2013

World Wide Fund for Nature-India screened Keeping the Promise: GEF in Action and Biogas on Saturday at the India International Centre. Both movies came from the archives of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

Keeping The Promise: GEF in Action showcased different activities by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and had Harrison Ford demonstrating how rainforests, coral reefs and marine life in general is under attack, and how emission of green house gases is constantly rising while forests are destroyed leading to an imbalance in nature, and how CFCs from refrigerators etc. are causing a hole in the Ozone layer which is as big as the size of the United States.

GEF has 182 countries as members with international institutions, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues. The GEF channels multilateral funds into projects initiated by people in developing countries, such as India.

An independently operating financial organisation, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

"Degradation of our land and water presents an enormous challenge. Partnerships amongst international organisations are the most effective way to remedy unsustainable use of such precious ecosystems," said Mohamed T. El-Ashry, CEO and Chairman, GEF.

The second film, Biogas, showed a picture of India where biogas now provides a reliable source of power than the national grid today. The film also revealed the fact that more prosperous Indian city residents are now moving over to biogas for activities like powering generators, cooking stoves and even factories with the gas generated from cow dung and organic waste from street markets. New modern biogas digestors are becoming an efficient supplementary power supply, helping to lessen dependence on expensive fossil fuels. And with India's abundant supply of labour, biogas is finally proving a viable energy source in paper and pulp industry, distilleries, food process units and various other industries.

"CSE lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable. We believe in building awareness through our magazine (Down To Earth), films/short spots, exhibitions, posters etc. These tools have always combined research and readability to get the message across. WWF has selected these films produced by Television Trust for the Environment and available with CSE's Audio Visual Resources Centre for screening at IIC for its members and we are happy to be part of this," said Kiran Pandey, programme director, CSE.