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Global Trends, Local Stories: New Films on India and Ethiopia

On March 24, the DC Environmental Film Festival comes to the Wilson Center for the Washington, DC, premieres of two new short documentaries from ECSP, “Broken Landscape” and “Paving the Way.” Filmmaker and ECSP Multimedia Producer Sean Peoples will describe his journey from the eroded gullies of Ethiopia to the rat-hole mines of northeastern India during a panel discussion led by the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza, with observations from Sierra Club's Kim Lovell and World Resources Institute's Ferzina Banaji.
About the films:
Broken Landscape: Confronting India’s Water-Energy Choke Point
In India’s resource-rich Meghalaya State, demand for coal is transforming the environment and the people who depend on it. Coal mine owners are prospering from booming production, but few laws regulate the dangerous and polluting practice known as “rat-hole” mining. Until now. A new government tribunal recently banned all coal mining in the region. Mine owners and workers staged protests, while people living downstream struggle to cope with dead rivers. Nepalese migrants who crossed the border to work in the mines are stuck in the middle. 
Paving the Way: Ethiopia's Youth on the Road to Sustainability
In Central Ethiopia’s remote Gurage Zone, poverty and environmental degradation have held back development for generations. In Paving the Way, youth, parents, and elders are building a more sustainable future by connecting the dots between conservation, access to healthcare, and new livelihoods. The film is the final installment in our “Healthy People, Healthy Environment” trilogy exploring how communities around the world develop integrated solutions to the interconnected challenges of population, health, and environment.

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  • Ferzina Banaji

    Communications Manager, Climate and Energy Program, World Resources Institute
  • Roger-Mark De Souza

    Global Fellow and Advisor
    Former Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience
  • Kim Lovell

    Program Director, Global Population and Environment Program, Sierra Club
  • Michael Miller

    Founder/Director, Think Out Loud Productions.
  • Sean Peoples