The California Film Institute recognizes the educational value of films, and strives to inspire young people ages 12-18 through the annual Environmental Youth Forum. This event, on February 17, 2011, will be informative, entertaining, and will also feature Brower Youth Award 2009 winner Adarsha Shivakumar as a keynote speaker.
The forum’s focus this year is ‘the commons’, or the elements in society that we all share and that we are compelled to care for – such as water and air quality, sea and land ecosystems, and so on – which is something Adarsha knows all about. He was recognized by the New Leaders Initiative after co-founding Project Jatropha, an organization dedicated to promoting the Jatropha curcas plant as an ecologically friendly and economically profitable crop among the farmers of rural India. His ingenuity, coupled with his deep understanding of the ways in which the economy and environment interact, lead him to his solution which has helped local farmers as well as to mitigate climate change in an impressive win-win situation that policy-makers the world over could learn from and duplicate.
A passionate and driven individual, it is no wonder that the California Film Institute has requested his impressive presence in an attempt to inspire and motivate other youth to effect change of their own. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see Adarsha in the flesh, speaking to causes close to his heart.
This is a re-post of the blog entry of The Greenest generation about his talk. Good Luck Adarsha!