In these challenging times it is nice to read a story of hope, courage and restoration. CSVPA is not linked to this initiative, but as it refers to the indigenous people (in this case Bagungu) and their cultural approach to conservation, think our readers might be interested in this information.
Gaia, their Ugandan partners ANARDE, AFRICE and NAPE, and the growing African Earth Jurisprudence Movement invite you to watch a new film, about how the Bagungu people in Uganda are restoring their Earth-centred culture and critical ecosystems along the shores of Itaka Lya Mwitanzige (Lake Albert). Watch the film: Custodians of Life – reviving culture and Nature in Uganda’s Great Lakes.
As per the filmmakers: “The Covid-19 pandemic has made it clear that our destruction of Nature is creating the conditions for deadly diseases to emerge, as well as hastening climate change and ecological breakdown. The virus is a brutal reminder that re-making a harmonious relationship with the more-than-human world is our greatest challenge and our greatest priority as a species.”
The films shows how people might rise to this challenge. For over a century, colonialism and globalisation have affected the Bagungu people’s Earth-centred culture and brought destruction to one of Africa’s most biodiverse ecosystems. But today the Bagungu are turning the tide. They are restoring their communities and their sacred homeland back to health.
“There is a wind of hope blowing through the territory – all is not lost,” is the message of Dennis Tabaro, one of Africa’s emerging Earth Jurisprudence practitioners, who graduated from Gaia’s ‘trainings for transformation’. In a recent interview, Dennis delves deeper into the Bagungu’s story from pre-colonialism to the present day. – Read Dennis’s Interview
CSVPA is happy to share this new film’s message of hope and restoration. Feel free to share it with your friends, families and networks using #CustodiansofLife .