Pick of the week: Changing the world, one step at a time

Green talk: A still from the film.

Green talk: A still from the film.

ABetter Place, a documentary on environmental and social projects in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) and the US, is going to be screened in India for the first time.

“Let’s not restrict environment day (5 June) to just one day of the year,” says Aanchal Kapoor, founder of the Kriti Film Club, which is organizing the screening. “It is to be celebrated every single day.”

The film club is an initiative of Kriti, a non-profit that works on development and human rights.

Directed by Miquel Galofre, the hour-long English documentary, which released in the Caribbean nation in November, has been produced by the non-profit Sustain T&T. It covers four projects in T&T and one in the US. These are the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities in San Fernando, Trinidad, where differently abled people learn paper recycling; northern Tobago’s Environmental Research Institute, Charlotteville, which educates residents in managing natural resources; Matura’s Nature Seekers, which is trying to raise awareness about the accidental killing of critically endangered sea turtles while fishing; a project of the University of the West Indies that teaches a community, which earns its living through scavenging and recycling at a landfill site, how to establish its own agri-business; and an educational board game by the Parvati Girls’ Hindu College in Penal that educates children on the impact of climate change. The music in the film is “a mix of folk, soul and reggae with a ‘Trini’ flavour”, says Carver Bacchus, managing director of Sustain T&T.

“Everybody can do something to make a difference, no matter how small. When people feel they are part of a movement or idea larger than themselves, they start to believe that goals, previously pie in the sky, are achievable,” says Bacchus.

Whether it is T&T, India or any other country, initiatives like these go a long way in regenerating our environment, says Kapoor. “We should walk eco-footprint every day. After all, small steps change the world.”

A Better Place will premiere in India on 10 June, 7pm, at the Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Seating on first-come, first-served basis.


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