Conversations with the Earth

Conversations with the Earth

Land Is Life, New York (NY), 94709, United States

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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.

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Mission 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.
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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.

CWE's exhibits are developed in partnership with and under agreement by local communities under the framework of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as delineated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Images and recordings and interviews are the property of local communities and are returned by CWE to participating communities for their use as they see fit.

Whenever possible, local members of participating communities travel to represent and speak for their communities and CWE at major events and exhibits.

CWE's available resources (as of March 2011) include:

1) a multi-media museum quality exhibit composed of 60+ exhibit size photographs, video stations, talking portraits, and an exhibit touchscreen station, and

2) a mobile exhibit composed of seven 3' x 7' panels and three DVD's containing the CWE videos to date. The mobile exhibit panels and videos are available in Spanish and English, with French and Russian translations
to be added in 2011.

Each exhibit currently contains individual photostories recounting the challenges faced and solutions explored by 6 indigenous communities from around the world impacted by climate change. The exhibit also contains participatory video stories on the same topic created by an additional 6 indigenous communities.

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Founded in 2008 by Land is Life http://www.landislife.org/, InsightShare http://www.insightshare.org/, and Nicolas Villaume http://www.nicolasvillaume.com/
Products 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).
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