- We have made two films: A City by the Side of a Wetland (2015) which is a short film and a documentary East Kolkata Wetlands: Squandering Conservation and presented them to an interested audience. We have targeted Boy Scouts and Girl Guides as one such set of audience – the interesting part was that these children all came from schools where the national language (Hindi) was the medium of instruction, while the films were in English. This proved no deterrent for communication, as the children showed a full understanding of the situation and the contents of the film. They expressed themselves clearly in follow-up sessions.
- The film East Kolkata Wetlands: Squandering Conservation has been uploaded on YouTube for a wider viewing and has been regularly having hits and viewers.
- SCOPE also guided and helped Mahadevi Birla World Academy produce a short film for a competition called Earth Reel which had upcycling as a theme. The film that they made, The Wetlands that Sustain Kolkata, won second prize in the competition.
Interacting with Scouts and Guides to Spread the message of EKW
Enthusing awareness raising through seminars – Recently, at the suggestion of SCOPE, there was one seminar termed Responsible Urbanisation which had one whole day devoted to the East Kolkata Wetlands and responsible urbanisation, where the intelligentsia of the city participated. Children and teachers from 11 schools in the city contributed to the seminar, where poster-making was a part of the proceedings. The children came up with very innovative ideas to communicate their understanding of East Kolkata Wetlands importance in responsible urbanisation.