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Children create awareness through films on climate change

Through the films, children expressed their concerns about climate change and also highlighted climate actions to help cope with climate change and build resilience.

Statesman News Service | Bhubaneswar |

The ‘Kallola 2022’ children’s film festival was organized in Bhubaneswar on Saturday with support from UNICEF and Aaina on the theme “Children & Climate Change”.

Through the films, children expressed their concerns about climate change and also highlighted climate actions to help cope with climate change and build resilience.

Around 47 school students from Harihar Nodal High School, Loisingha in Balangir, Ashram School, Pitamahal, Rayagada, and Jenapur Government High School, Jajpur districts participated in film making workshops and worked in groups to produce nine short films-on climate change.

 “Climate change is a complex problem for the entire world. Even as elders are trying to understand it and find solutions, such films made by children can be a pathfinder for people.” President of Hockey India and Padmashri awardee Dillip Tirkey said.

“Child Rights include a child’s right to participate, express views, and be heard. Through our partnership with Kallola, we have promoted a platform where children are able to express themselves freely and can use the creative medium to have their voices heard. We congratulate all the children who have worked together to produce the impressive films and hope that the films can be shown all across the state.” Sugata Roy, Officer-in-charge, UNICEF Odisha said.

Sneha Mishra, Secretary of AAINA said, “It was very difficult to work on the issue of Children & Climate Change in the ninth edition of Kallola. A lot of questions flashed in our minds. But after watching the movies on such a concerning issue, we feel that all our efforts are successful. The children have played excellent roles in the movies”.