Climate Change, an Untold Story Producer British High Commission Duration: 52 minutes
Consider this visual: an old woman in a village in coastal Orissa is looking far ahead at a silvery sheet of water -- the Bay of Bengal -- trying to figure out where her home was. This is actually a scene from Climate's First Orphans, one of the four short films on the impact of climate change and global warming in India produced by the British High Commission.
The three other films funded by the uk Environment Film Fellowships 2005 are The Weeping Apple Tree, A Green Agony and A degree of concern. The films cover the fundamentals of climate science by interweaving research inputs with human narratives.
A visual of a 30-year-old tube well serves as a stark example. It used to be in the centre of one of the surviving villages, but now is at the edge, very close to the sea. Agriculture has been destroyed as seawater intrusion hasmade land saline. The film presents a nuanced approach on ways climate change affect people. Its researchers say the Bay of Bengal is heating up and rising by 1 mm every year -- this means 172 hectares (ha) of submergence.
Other islands, such as Lohachara, Bedford and Kabasgadi, have been submerged completely. It is estimated that by 2060, more than 200 sq km of mangroves will get submerged along with all of Ghoramara. Along coastal India, about one million people will be at risk.
It is estimated that by 2050, glaciers will be reduced to one-fifth of their current size due to a 1c rise in temperature. The film warns: "Some are aware, some ignorant, some concerned and some indifferent. A 1c rise will end that indifference".
Overall, the films are intriguing and worth watching, especially for those who are oblivious of the impact of climate change.
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