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documentary produced by akshay& twinkle

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Posted: 15 August 2013 at 11:58pm | IP Logged


Here's the teaser to a brilliant documentary made by the very talented Aarti Shrivastava. The cause that she is promoting in the film is also worth supporting. I thought that it is the perfect gift for my readers on a day like today. Interestingly, the film has been produced by Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna.

WHITE KNIGHT TRAILER HD from Humanity Watchdog on Vimeo.

To know more about the film and the awards it has got, kindly see theWikipedia page of the film which says,

White Knight is a documentary film directed by Aarti Shrivastava. It's subject is Chewang Norphel, a 78-year-old engineer in Leh who, over the last 15 years, has invented and implemented a technology that is helping provide a solution to an ecological disaster created by climate change.

The land of Ladakh is grappling with an alarming water scarcity situation. In this high altitude desert where the melting of glaciers has been the traditional source of fresh water, a warmer planet is playing havoc with lifestyles and the ecology. With glaciers melting faster and leaving the people quite literally high and dry, fresh water is more precious than oil, especially post the Ladakhi summer. His solution uses common sense and elementary observational science to create artificial glaciers.

This film was created as a tribute to this man, and it honors him as a hero who relentlessly and persistently carries on a lone struggle against an insipid bureaucracy, myopic governance and a planet seemingly striking back as it adjusts to global warming. His crusade is to see his idea implemented on a grand scale in a sparsely populated region ' with the sole mission of keeping this patch of earth inhabitable for the great-grandchildren of Ladakh.

Needless to say, the film has got a lot of awards and recognitions.

Edited by fire_gun - 15 August 2013 at 11:59pm

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Posted: 16 August 2013 at 12:05am | IP Logged
Wow salute to this man,and good work Akki for producing it.Clap
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Posted: 16 August 2013 at 12:17am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Wave.

Wow salute to this man,and good work Akki for producing it.Clap
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Posted: 16 August 2013 at 12:20am | IP Logged

Indian engineer 'builds' new glaciers to stop global warming

A retired Indian engineer is waging his own one-man battle to stop global warming melting away the Himalayan glaciers: He claims he has discovered a way to create new glaciers.

Meltwater from the Siachen glacier in Kashmir
Meltwater from the Siachen glacier in Kashmir Photo: REUTERS

By Dean Nelson in New Delhi

6:00AM GMT 28 Oct 2009


Chewang Norphel, 76, has "built" 12 new glaciers already and is racing to create five more before he dies.

By then he hopes he will have trained enough new "icemen" to continue his work and save the world's "third icecap" from being transformed into rivers.

His race against time is shared by Manmohan Singh, India's prime minister who called on the region's Himalayan nations, including China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, to form a united front to tackle glacial melting.

The great Himalayan glaciers, including Kashmir's Siachen glacier, feed the region's most important rivers, which irrigate farm land in Tibet, Nepal, Bangladesh and throughout the Indian sub-continent. The apparent acceleration in glacial melting has been blamed for the increase in floods which have destroyed homes and crops.

Chewang Norphel, the "Iceman of Ladakh", however believes he has an answer.

By diverting meltwater through a network of pipes into artificial lakes in the shaded side of mountain valleys, he says he has created new glaciers.

A dam or embankment is built to keep in the water, which freezes at night and remains frozen in the absence of direct sunlight. The water remains frozen until March, when the start of summer melts the new glacier and releases the water into the rivers below.

So far, Mr Norphel's glaciers have been able to each store up to one million cubic feet of ice, which in turn can irrigate 200 hectares of farm land. For farmers, that can make the difference between crop failure and a bumper crop of more than 1,000 tons of wheat.

The "iceman" says he has seen the effects of global warming on farmland as snows have become thinner on the ground and ice rivers have melted away never to return.

His own work has now been recognised by the Indian government, which has given him 16,000 to build five new glaciers. But time is his enemy, he told The Hindustan Times. "I'm planning to train villagers with instruction CDs that I have made, so that I can pass on the knowledge before I die," he said.

Edited by fire_gun - 16 August 2013 at 12:20am

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