Revealed: Himalayan Meltdown Film Screening
When: March 6, 2013, 6-8pm
Where: Theresa Lang Center, 55 W 13th St., 2nd Fl.
Food and refreshments will be provided
In the prelude to the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya conference (March 7-8), the India China Institute invites you to join us for the screening of Revealed: Himalayan Meltdown, an award-winning documentary co-produced by the UN Development Programme, Discovery Asia, and Arrowhead Films. The film explores the impact of the glacial ice melt on communities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal, and illustrates how the affected communities are adapting and preparing for the inevitable changes in the Himalayan glaciers.
Following the film screening, a discussion and Q&A session will be held with Cherie Hart, the Executive Producer and UNDP Regional Communications Advisor (Thailand), Anil Chitrakar, Chairperson of the Himalayan Climate Initiative, and Li Bo, ICI Fellow and environmental consultant.
About the panelists
Anil Chitrakar, Chairperson of the Himalayan Climate Initiative, is a social entrepreneur from Nepal. Trained as an engineer and energy planner at the University of Rajasthan (India) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA), Anil started his career as an energy engineer and continues to work on designing and spreading renewable energy solutions across Nepal. He has received the Ashoka fellowship, and more recently the Silicon Valley Tech Award for his work. Anil is also engaged in recovering and restoring the built and living heritage in the Kathmandu valley and across Nepal, particularly Lumbini. Anil was part of the team that implemented the National Conservation Strategy for Nepal, preserving its globally unique natural endowment. Anil has also managed venture funds for environmental groups all over Nepal. In 1993 he was one of the 100 “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” awardees at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Cherie Hart has more than 25 years experience in media and communications. Her area of expertise is in development writing and reporting. Her professional background extends to television, radio and print reporting from more than 50 developing countries. Ms. Hart is currently the UNDP Regional Communications Advisor in Bangkok, where she collaborates with UNDP Country Offices to promote development work through media in the Asia and Pacific region. She has been Executive Producer of three Discovery Channel documentaries on low-cost solutions to global disaster-related challenges. Himalayan Meltdown recently won the Platinum Prize for Best Documentary at the Worldfest Film Festival.
Li Bo currently serves as the Secretary General of Friends of Nature, the oldest environmental NGO in China. He was also a former India China Institute Fellow (2008-2010). In addition he is a consultant with the Stockholm Environmental Institute-Asia (SEI-Asia) in Bangkok, a research associate at the Center for Human and Economics Development Studies at Peking University, and an adjunct researcher of environmental
justice at the Institute of Environmental Laws at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, Central China. As a fellow, Li explored the extent to which democratic decision making at the grassroots level is conducive to strong local stewardship of natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods.