In January 2018, I was invited to TEDxLNMIIT to share my story. The talk was designed considering the immediate audience of young college students, and the general distancing we observe from the cause & effect of human induced climate change. I presented ‘A case for slowing down – Walking along rivers in India’ and the idea behind Veditum.
The talk included a few stories I encountered in different states of India while walking along River Ganga and River Ken. These stories collectively represent two things. First, is our apathy towards the destruction of local ecosystems that are not local to us. Second, is the white-washing and justification of big-poster decisions, even though the environmental and social costs in many cases are not even considered. (clearly violating guidelines and public trust)
The video below has been slightly modified (visually) from its original form, based on the feedback I received. (the original video limited the scope of view for the visuals). I hope that this modification will allow you to focus on the visuals from the story, rather than just look at me speaking.
Attached below is the presentation used in the video, in case you want to spend more time looking at the visuals.
The two walks mentioned in the talk are part of Veditum’s ‘Moving Upstream’ project. You can see more about these projects by clicking on the image below.
Moving Upstream is our homegrown project, where the first edition saw us walk 3000kms along the Ganga from the sea to source. That was followed by a walk along the River Ken, in partnership with SANDRP.
Through this project, we are working to create a multifaceted experience revolving around rivers. To support the project, visit: www.veditum.org/crowdfunding. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for frequent updates.
We’re working on expanding our work with Moving Upstream to other rivers of India, if you’re interested in collaborating as an individual (participant/artist/researcher) or as an organisation (partner/sponsor) please reach out to us at [email protected]