CELEBRATING WORLD WATER DAY – MARCH 2020
Water is a scarce natural resource. Even though 71% of land is covered by water, only about 2.5% of the total water available on earth is fresh water and can be used for human consumption. Water scarcity is increasingly being felt in most nations, including highly developed countries. As the demand for water increases rapidly, the supply of fresh potable water is decreasing. Rapidly growing human population, changing climates, erratic rainfall and frequent droughts are contributing to the above. This is now becoming a serious global threat.
In order to create an awareness of the importance of Water and highlight the common man’s role in protecting and avoiding wastage of this natural resource, the Centre for Education & Research in Geosciences organizes Jal Katha – Stories of Water every year. This is an international short film festival on Water. The objective of the film festival is to encourage people to build awareness on the proper usage and conservation of this vital resource. This year too the festival is being held in association with the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Pune
Jal Katha 2020 was to be held on 22nd March 2020 at IISER (Indian Institute of Science, Education & Research), Pune. However as measure of precaution due to prevailing CORONA VIRUS situation in the country and as per Government instructions and advisories, the physical screening of Jal Katha 2020 has been postponed to a later date.
We definitely do intend to hold the film festival once we are out of the corona virus scare. We will keep you informed of the developments.
In the meanwhile, we present the selected films from the competitive section here, for you to watch them in the comfort of your home… and do not forget to leave your comments below
We will soon host the curated (non-competitive) films received by us for this festival.
We start this online edition of ‘Jal Katha 2020 – Stories of Water’ with important messages from Conservation International on Nature and Water