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Conversations with the Earth is an indigenous-led multimedia initiative that amplifies indigenous voices in the global discourse on ecological and cultural challenges facing the planet, including climate change.
To help formulate a viable collective response to the global challenges, such as climate change, by creating a platform for respectful sharing of experiences and perspectives of indigenous stewards of the Earth.
To support indigenous peoples in asserting their inherent rights to ancestral territories, lands, and resources as a necessary condition of maintaining and enhancing human resilience to converging global crises.
CWE artfully blends local knowledge of land and seascapes, media expertise, high-tech tools, and participatory action, to convey intimate stories. Through good reporting, powerful portraits and interviews, and participatory media, the visitor is immersed in the sounds and the feel of a site and its people, in order to recreate the intimate experiences of listening to a local person. In the process the visitor experiences not only a story about a particular topic but the means by which the communities tell the story—and indeed the means by which indigenous communities everywhere share knowledge to address problems: a conversation.
|Founded||in 2008 by Land is Life http://www.landislife.org/, InsightShare http://www.insightshare.org/, and Nicolas Villaume http://www.nicolasvillaume.com/|
CWE premiered its first multimedia exhibit on climate change at the National Museum of Denmark and Klimaforum 09, at the watershed 15th Conference of the Parties meeting (COP15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen in December 2009. CWE participation in COP15 was covered by numerous international news outlets including Reuters, ABC News, CNN, TV Today (India), Television Española (Spain), Channel 4 News (UK), ZDF (Germany), and France Deux TV.
In 2010 CWE has organized to take indigenous voices on climate change to key meetings globally through the display of our mobile exhibits in Spanish and English and in-person representation of community representatives involved in the CWE project. Venues in 2010 included the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia; the 10th International Festival of Film and Video of Indigenous Peoples in Quito, Ecuador; the 10th International Society for Ethnobiology Congress and the International Funders of Indigenous Peoples Annual Conference - both in Tofino, British Columbia, Canada; the US Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan, a CWE/Insight Share Participatory Video training in the Philippines, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico (partial list). Prior to COP 16, the Spanish version of the mobile exhibit toured local communities in 10 Mexican states in collaboration with local NGO Marea Cresciente Mexico (Rising Tide Mexico).