Pachamama: An Inspiring Perspective on Climate Change

Credit: Vance GellertWhether we realize it or not, the impact of climate change is prevalent across the globe.As students, we have all at some point in our lives been educated about the topic through a variety of ways; monotonous videos, tedious scientific texts, green-friendly talks. Unfortunately, the influence of these methods for most people seem to last a minimal amount and we tend not to gain enough motivation to make a difference. Alice Rowsome and Eliza Upadhyaya, second year students from the University of St Andrews have decided to take a fresh approach to the subject with their project, Pachamama.Pachamama is a unique feature-length film documentary focusing on an indigenous population residing in the Bolivian Andes called the Kallawayas’. With climate change being a prevalent issue in the Kallawaya community, the peoples have found imaginative and inspiring ways to deal with their changing environment. The project will provide audiences with “the human aspect” and hopes of “bringing a whole new angle to climate change”, explains Rowsome. The project will focus on the methods of the Kallawaya peoples and how we can learn and potentially adopt their perspectives of climate change.The Kallawayas’ are famously recognized for being naturopathic healers with an impressive reputation for healing Inca kings. They are dedicated to uphold their reputation by creating an intensive yet harmonious relationship between the secrets of Mother Nature (Pachamama) and healthcare, and have been successful in doing so as their skills are demanded all over Bolivia and in countries across South America. However, having such a strong relationship with the environment, the Kallawayas’ face extreme sensitivity to climate change.Producers Eliza Upadhyaya (left) & Alice Rowsome (right)Producers Alice Rowsome and Eliza Upadhyaya plan to explore and present to audiences how climate change affects not only the Kallawayas but “everyone, because everyone is interconnected”. Upadhyaya further explains that climate change is an “issue of the future” and stresses that “it’s not too late to change things around, but it’s too late not to do anything about it”. The producers have managed to overcome a huge step in the project by being accepted into the Kallawaya community with full support from traditional healers and local officials.“They know that we are trying to share their stories and knowledge with the World, which they couldn’t have done otherwise.”The next step lies in the hands of supporters. The producers are keen on raising funds primarily from students so that the youth has a chance to “pick up the pieces” and create an impact through the production of the film. Donations can be made on Kickstarter, and depending on the amount you donate, you are eligible for some great perks, including becoming a producer of the documentary.The project has a limited number of days to raise £8000 and the deadline is fast approaching. If you feel like donating, this is an amazing opportunity to get involved with, so get your flatmates/sports team/friends involved and make a difference!To learn more or to donate, click on the following links:Official Website: M Lyla Saifi