Abhishek Bachchan felicitates ‘Green Heroes’ of western India at US Consulate Film Award ceremony

Abhishek Bachchan felicitates ‘Green Heroes’ of western India at US Consulate Film Award ceremony



Abhishek Bachchan felicitates ‘Green Heroes’ of western India at US Consulate Film Award ceremony


Mumbai:Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan today joined US Consul General Thomas L Vajda, Dr Ajay Mathur, director general of TERI and Jury members to felicitate 'Green Heroes' of western India who were showcased in short films highlighting the grassroots environmental work that the heroes are doing in their local communities. The Green Heroes Workshop and Festival was organized by the US Consulate General, Mumbai in partnership with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Awards were given to the top three rated films: 'Paanch Pattiyon ka Mantra' about an organic farming project in Dewas, 'Tale of a Doctor' about watershed management in Pune, and 'The Birdman of Chorao' about preserving the mangroves of Goa. As part of this effort, last fall TERI identified Green Heroes in the five western Indian states of Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and paired the heroes with up-and-coming filmmakers to create films of less than five minutes documenting their good works. To support this creative venture, TERI organised film workshops in the cities of Ahmedabad, Indore, Mumbai, Panjim and Pune. The programme resulted in the submission of 22 insightful and heart-warming short films about Green Heroes who are working in diverse environmental fields such as forest and water conservation, composting, wildlife protection, waste management and clean energy. Of these, ten best films were short-listed and screened at the award ceremony today, and the top three were selected by a jury panel that included TV anchor Ravish Kumar, well-known media figure Sabbas Joseph, TERI’s communication advisor Pankaj Saxena and the U.S. Consulate Cultural Affairs Officer. "As my very green-minded daughters often remind me, we are incredibly fortunate to have this beautiful planet as our home. Yet our growth and development have seriously taxed our planet’s resources, and we need to work together to find sustainable ways forward," said Consul General Vajda. "As a big step in that direction, I’m honoured to help showcase the inspiring work being done by Green Heroes across Western India. I truly believe that the unsung heroes featured in our films deserve a tremendous amount of recognition, appreciation and support for the great work they are doing to help India grow and prosper sustainably," he added. "I am privileged today to honour these Green heroes armed with short films out to preserve Mother Earth. These films underscore that each one of us need to be aware about our collective responsibility toward preserving and protecting our environment and ecology," said Mr Bachchan. "... I hope these films help create greater awareness and broader engagement for greener and cleaner environment," he added. Speaking at the event, Dr Mathur of TERI said, "By training the next generation of documentary filmmakers to make films on Green Heroes, we hope to generate broader support for local initiatives to protect the environment. This has been a very satisfying experience for us - both in terms of finding people at the grassroots who are providing solutions to many of our environmental problems, and in discovering great storytellers to share the stories of these Green Heroes with the world."

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