“I feel the public is not sufficiently informed or worried about this pertinent issue today because of a huge gap in climate change communication. That is why I decided to start my own outreach campaign,” says Vallangi, who decided to tackle the issue head-on, after being overwhelmed by the disastrous consequences of climate change in India and across the world.
“I saw communities being affected by continuous floods, having no adequate assistance or preparation for responding to the disaster. I saw how women’s health and people’s aspirations and opportunities will take a serious hit due to climate change,” shares Vallangi.
The first of the three segments revolves around women’s health and the water crisis. The second segment looks at instances of extreme flooding and how it affects the dreams and opportunities of youths in a community. It has been tentatively decided that the third will be based in the Himalayas, leveraging Nepal’s diverse geography.
Vallangi urges her audience to think about unspoken or seemingly unrelated effects too, such as the increased frequency and intensity of flooding in Nepal, erratic rainfall patterns and increased water scarcity. Tropical diseases, like Kathmandu’s Dengue outbreak last year, may also be telltale signs that all of Nepal is already being affected, not just remote areas.
There are enough academic institutions working on climate change and the amount of scientific research available in Nepal made it easy for Vallangi to find experts and data to connect the science of climate crisis with what’s happening on ground. It was important from the beginning that the documentary should present the whole story in an enlightening and relatable way, which required a compelling integration of science with storytelling.
“Nepal was perfect that way because there are both powerful personal stories and adequate scientific expertise to effectively tell the overall story of the climate crisis.” says Vallangi. Because of the country’s diverse climate and topography, the stories covered here carry global significance because similar climate-related issues replicate world over.