One of the first films on climate change
Fifteen years ago there was little widespread awareness about climate change. Al Gore’s film AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH had not yet been made. He and IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) had not yet been given the Nobel prize.
Awareness in a country like India was negligible despite her being among the biggest net emitter of greenhouse gases, and at the same time being among the least equipped nations to tackle the impact of climate change.
Vijay S. Jodha’s film THE WEEPING APPLE TREE was among the first to deal with this issue in India. Produced using scientific inputs from over half a dozen institutions working in the Himalayan region, the film looked at the effect of climate change using the example of apple cultivation in Himachal Pradesh. It was awarded U.K. Environment Film Fellowship Award 2005.
Introduced by Sir Mark Tully and broadcast on Discovery channel in two languages on World Environment Day 2006 and 2007, the film was also showcased at a special session of Delhi Legislative Assembly, at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi as well as at various film festivals.
The film has been used by UNIDO and various grassroots NGOs over the past fifteen years to create grassroots awareness about climate change. The film continues to be a part of training materials for forest officers in Himachal Pradesh.