Recently an Event ,Nat Geo Moment Awards ceremony was organized at British council New Delhi.A workshop on film making and photography was conducted by renowned Documentary filmmaker and conservationist Mr.Mike Pandey and Mr. Las Dangerfield,Deputy Director British council,India. The event gave opportunity to amateur and professional photographers to showcase their work.“NatGeo Moment Awards” is an initiative by the National Geographic Channel (“NGC”) to provide a platform to every Indian to tell their story.Through this award NGC wanted to promote the film making process on environment related issues and spread an awareness among the Indian and global audience to take initiative to save their own planet.Different categories to submit the entries were Wildlife, Landscapes,Global warming ,Vodafone People and India. Some finest documentaries on wildlife conservation were screened which shocked every audience over there. First film screened was "The Vanishing Vultures" It showed that almost 99% vultures who are natural scavengers and saves human beings from several infections and virus by eating the dumped dead bodies of animals were dead close to 78 million between late 90′s and early 20′s.In their absence, carrion lies unattended and breeds diseases, several of which may be unknown to humans in future. A flock of vultures has the ability to dispose of an ox-sized animal in just 30 minutes.The situation was alarming and after involvement of several wildlife research organization and Bombay Natural History Society it was found that a medicine called diclofenac given to cattle, buffaloes, sheep or goats as a pain-relieving drug were consumed by vultures during scavenging that animal which causes the birds to suffer from dehydration when uric acid forms, leading to kidney failure and death .Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005 ordered that its use be discontinued in the country within six months. However, the Drugs Controller didn’t act on this directive for a long time and the Agriculture Ministry also remains lethargic. Meloxicam, which is harmless, is two-and-a-half times expensive is an alternate to diclofenac.This documentary has been screened at various film festivals and other places to spread awareness about the disturbance created in food chain.In order to conserve these birds two vulture conservation sanctuary has been established in Haryana and Westbengal. Second documentary screened was "Shores of Silence",a plea to save the endangered whale sharks in India which won the coveted Green Oscar Award.
During making this film he came to know that fishermen at Gujarat coastal areas use to hunt whale(which they called garbage fish as they sell its liver oil only to make boot polish and to waterproof boats) and sell its flesh in nearby areas for as low as 1Re/Kg.As they were unaware of the sensitivity of the issue they kept on hunting it for several years.It took 3 years for the filmmaker to shoot this film and when it came out environmentalist were shocked.Soon after the hunting of shark whales were brought under THE INDIAN WILDLIFE (PROTECTION) ACT, 1972.Now the fishermen no more hunt this big giant and feels regret for their act. One more interesting information was shared by Mr. Pandey who asks not to kill cockroaches as their enzymes are used for making a life saving homeopathic medicine for asthmatic patients.It can not only control but also cures the problem of Asthma.
We as an individual can contribute significantly in saving our planet from the clutches of global warming and moves towards Greener Earth. Save our planet before its too late.