The Village of Kulum | Alex Felstead



This on-demand session will feature Alex, a documentary filmmaker and geography grad student, discussing his work in telling stories around topics relevant to the climate crisis, particularly to front-line medics. Alex will be showing a film he shot featuring a mountain community facing droughts and floods due to climate change. His work has also been used at Plymouth and Goldsmith University in various modules related to climate change. During the session, Alex will discuss adaptation strategies to the challenges of climate change and how medical professionals can help their communities in the face of climate crisis with available resources.
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Learning Objectives: 1. Identify and describe the challenges of communities on the front line of the climate crisis. 2. Analyze the impact of climate change on subsistence farming practices. 3. Explain factors that are leading to the abandonment of small mountain communities. 4. Differentiate between strategies for prevention and adaptation to climate change. 5. Recognize the importance of access to resources to those who are disadvantaged and affected by climate change.
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Alex, who is a documentary filmmaker based in Bristle who has recently started to focus on climate adoption techniques. Um, a geography grad student. Hey looks at telling stories around the topics related to the climate crisis sick specifically to the front line medics. Now his works been used for education as educational resource is both Plymouth and Goldsmith University in models, modules covering of the climate prices. So next up, we've got a film by Alex over to the tech team for that one. Thanks very much. Hi there, guys. Thank you so much for, um, it's putting this on today. It's been a really, really important day, and I know that's been your issues, but it's going well so far. I've loved every minute of what's Come on. Yeah, this is basically a small film I shot a few years ago. Actually, Nathan was expedition medic on the expedition We did on Dad After the expedition, we stayed out. I stayed out. Sorry on filmed a short film for a mountain community called the Village of Column on. They were a community who basically relied on subsistence farming. Azzawi of making, making a living on because of the racial retreat in the Himalayas. Generally, um, they basically are unable to sustain that subsistence farming now, and it's basically it's sort of short. Film is highlighting the issues of those on the front line. The climate on the front line of place of crisis on have no fault their own, that kind of making these uptake in techniques to do it. So hopefully this is informative for you. And, well, we're at the forefront of dealing with the brunt of climate change being in the Himalayas, because it's immediately coming to us in the form of droughts and the former floods. So we started working on this village called Cool Um, situated around two hours away from Lee column is a small village with around 11 families on a population of just 40 people. The started experiencing droughts from 2000 and seven on day from 2000, and then they started abandoning the village because they didn't have any more on groundwater for them to be able to carry on the agricultural activities. He's also water that's available in the village is a spring which has around two liter per second no border that flows, which seeps into the ground much before it reaches the village below Amiodarone. But that's what you needed to use it on you. Now. Yeah, I'm reading. But that's how did you shoot? Remember them? Deal. So the village was facing challenge in two areas. One, they didn't have any work that they could do anymore. Because the agricultural active with these kind of shut down because of no on ground motor on second. Because they were a typical traditional, a rocky village that was self sustained and that grew their own food now didn't have agricultural activities. So they had to look for external source of income for them to be able to buy food. So these were the two primary factors by the Villagers off Colon just to leave it and move down stream, you know, Did any minus gotten anyone, um, any, um, further maturity Go. Sorry. Burner or Valium? Under, But, um, in any more about No, no, no, but I don't. You Yeah. Now, don't get that. Yeah, yeah. You don't look. Yeah. Village in anti medical. Get it down to our mind. You don't even see young but Theo living okay. All right, kiddo. No. Yeah, me Yeah, no later. Yeah, you can have that. Since this challenges put towards us, we have to, um, deal with it. And we have to look at ways to, um to adapt to this, if not prevented. So I stoop often us is not just a solution. Um, you dealing with job, But for us, it's also off extremely symbolic action by a small mountain community that has now reached a place where we're desperate to look for solutions to adapt to climate change. No. Like, yeah. Okay, Yeah. 50. Yeah. That market. Yeah. Mean issue is that it's it's we're We're kind of facing all of these issues with no fault of us. Like our contribution to climate change to force in fuel is extremely, extremely minimum compared to the rest of the world on. But it's actually on effect that we are facing because off the actions off a lot of people around the world, because they want to live comfortably. Now it's something. It's a challenge that we face on way. We feel like we don't know how much of it we can prevent because it's not a fight. It's not our fight time you're taking, but you come to the nothing I know that you No, no. Yeah, I was that That was incredible things very much, Alex. And it was, I think, one of your last last lines there was about the most underprivileged people contributing, release and being affected the most. And I think that's, um it's very, very well said, It's a big part of your medics is Well, um, you know, making everything frees access to that. People that don't have the resource is Teo uh, you know, and that affected the most of one of the resources can still access on. It's also nice as well, because it's really be very removed. Uh, from you know, from what actually happens and do photography and videography. It's always a nice way to kind of, um, help you realize what's actually going on. We've got a few questions for you from the online audience. If you'd like to like to come up here, Um, so from Nicholas, we've got I've seen examples of what decertification has been. The vest through three months permaculture been recultured techniques on reforestation. Is this something that could be used and yeah, I mean, that's definitely probably techniques that could be used. I guess this Hindu Kush region of the Amitiza is basically such a hostile environment that the way in which they can grow things is quite limited. So I'm sure that's definitely technique that could be used generally. But the Himalayan region is just such a hostile environment that they only have is a desert environment on. But I guess the only way they have that water is through the glacial water. That's that which is just inevitably eating now, Um, and so I know only is that water imminently essential for those mountain communities? It's also essential for much of Asia downstream because, see, that's the start of of a lot of water resources for much of Asia. So yeah, I guess that is definitely a technique that could be, uh, to be used. I think that's something they were trying to encouraging their stay. Nable University. They have in the dark. It's called a sec mall, which is like a sustainable university has been funded by the Indian government to look at these techniques and improve agriculture. So maybe that's something that they're looking at. Yeah. Do you have any questions from the floor as well? Yeah. Okay. Thank you much that it's amazing.