---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: sarika g <[email address]> Date: Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 1:57 PM
I work with an NGO called SEEDS INDIA (www.seedsindia.org) and we work in the field of sustainable development with a focus on disaster management. As a part of it we ve stated a new initiative called Adaptation Action Now! which is a call to look at the plight of people whose lives are already being devastated by effects of climate change. As part of this campaign we are organising a slew of activities in Delhi on 5th and 6th of December which is the weekend before the world leaders meet in Copenhagen for the next round of negotiations on climate change. The theme for the event this year is Climate Change and Himalayas. One of the things we have planned is a photo exhibition portraying the effects of climate change on Himalayas and Himalayan communities. We are looking at photographs or photo essays which show the impacts and changes climate change has brought into the lives of people living in Himalayas. The photographs can show anything from destroyed crops to receding glaciers. From excessive waste polluting Himalayas to increasing tourism impacting the ecosystem to just beautiful landscape which might vanish in a few years.
We plan to exhibit these photographs at DLF promenade Vasant vihar on 5th and 6th Dec. coupled with a music concert which we are hosting at the same venue. Please consider this mail as an invitation for the concert also. We have various musicians from Himalayas playing different genres of music from rock to blues to metal to Himalayan folk music.
We will bear the cost of printing the photographs so you are most welcome to recommend the size, paper sort of printing etc. the photographs remain your intellectual property and seeds ill have no right to further use them without your permission.
As a part of the campaign we are also releasing a small report tentatively titled "Under the footprint". Through this report we are trying to highlight the vulnerabilities, impact and adaptation aspects of climate change in South Asia. We are looking for small write ups of around 200-300 words from various professionals working in the field which will be included in the report. These write-ups can be about impacts or changes or adaptation strategies or just human stories. It will be a collaborative online document which will then be published. We would be really grateful if you contribute to the same. All the contributors will be given due credit in the report. I am attaching a list of broad topics/ issues I could come up with and also a one page write up outlining our thinking and approach. You can use any one of them or write about anything which is close to your heart. You can also use this document as a guide or reference for selecting your photographs.
I would be really grateful if you could help us out in this endeavor. Hoping for your help and waiting for your response.