Jimmy Nelson Foundation support People’s Planet Project

Jimmy Nelson Foundation support People’s Planet Project

We, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation support People’s Planet Project. This is a social movement of documentary filmmakers. They are transferring film- and storytelling skills to a new generation of indigenous community members who are on the frontline of the real and dangerous fight for the world’s forests. Those skills will enable the most vulnerable communities to capture the unsustainable practices they face every day. Most importantly, indigenous communities could use this video content as proof of evidence to reclaim their forestlands back. For a storytelling workshop for the A’i-Cofán community, living in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, People’s Planet Project started a crowdfunding campaign.

Support and share this initiative to empower the A’i-Cofán on their journey to defend and protect our Amazon rainforest and its biodiversity. Herewith, the link to the crowdfunding campaign!

Our Letter to the Earth from People’s Planet Project on Vimeo.

People’s Planet Project is a global movement producing documentaries on environmental and indigenous rights issues for distribution to both the general public and directly to government decision makers, while also providing indigenous communities with visual storytelling resources, allowing them to demonstrate their daily struggle to protect ancestral forests.They are driven by the belief that providing indigenous communities with a skill set to tell powerful visual stories on the unsustainable practices they face, will enable policy action around issues that affect the livelihood and well-being of the most vulnerable communities.

Indigenous communities are the first people to experience changing climates, ranging from extreme droughts to long-lasting rainfall causing floods and havoc. Indigenous forests are cleared for commercial purposes, releasing carbon into the atmosphere to drive global warming while leaving indigenous communities landless. Those communities are left with no avenues to resist the unsustainable land grabs and to address this on a local and global level.

The Amazon rainforest fires are continuing to burn at an alarming rate and the ‘lungs of our planet’ are under serious threat from destructive industries. The A’i-Cofán community, living in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, is on the frontline of the dangerous fight against large-scale mining concessions invading their forestland. As a movement of filmmakers, they decided to take responsibility and organize the so called ‘Docu Camp’ to equip indigenous communities with filmmaking skills to capture the unsustainable practices faced and use powerful stories to bring about social change.

The workshop will be provided to 20 indigenous community members, with a focus on women and youth. Participants will be given a 10-day workshop offered in their local language. After this workshop, participants are able to produce video content conveying the everyday struggles faced to protect their forest territories from large-scale commercial land grabbing. Participants who are interested in becoming a workshop facilitator will be offered a training of trainers (ToT). This training will transfer the teaching skills to participants, which will give them the ability to facilitate the storytelling workshop in their own community. This ensures local ownership and empowerment, as well as long-term project sustainability.

Then they collaborate with human rights organizations and connect them with the communities we have trained to use the video content as proof of evidence in court to reclaim and protect forest territories from commercial destruction.