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To save lives, both human and elephants, school children and villagers living near elephants on coffee plantations in India need to see "Elephants in the Coffee" in their local language.  Help us TRANSLATE AND BRING IT TO THEM. We need your support to take the award winning documentary "Elephants in the Coffee" to the local villages and schools and community centers in southern India (Karnataka). 

Coffee Plantations are endangering Elephants
In India, there is a crisis of existence for both elephants and humans. While you sip your morning piping hot coffee, think for a moment, where, elephants are losing their freedom and farmers are risking their lives to bring you a cup of coffee. The global demand for coffee is on the rise and so are the casualties, increasing by the day on both sides.  The land of elephants in Southern India is shrinking and people's understanding of reverance and respect is depleting. There is a huge urgency to educate the younger generation and the communities of farmers on the impact of farming, respect for the land and keeping a healthy distance from the elephants. This award-winning documentary filmed around the coffee estates has gained global acclaim and has been screened worldwide in English. 

We are Teaching RESPECT and understanding for Elephants
However,  the local people really need to see "Elephants in the Coffee", to gain a deeper understanding and a healthier respect towards elephants and elephant keepers. The Younger generation near the coffee plantations have lost many of their loved ones in the ongoing conflict and they are losing their resepect for the elephants. They consider the elephants a menance. The documentary is an education and it gives a wholistic understanding of the precipitous problem and how the local families and farmers have a role in mitigating the problem and reducing the conflict.

Donate 5 cups of Coffee money to Save the Elephants
Our daily dose of coffee can only taste better, if we can find a suitable way to make elephants safe and the farmers feel sustainable way of life.

We are looking to raise the funds in 6 weeks. It is urgent to take the film to the rural areas where the conflict between humans and elephants is increasing, resulting in unnecessary death.  Education will go far in helping reduce conflicts and promoting understanding on how to co-exist. 

Work will be done by the Clic-Abroad Foundation , a 501c3, and will be under the supervision of BhaskarDK and Dr. Tom Grant

What we will do with the funding
a. We will translate the documentary in local language
b. Re-edit parts of the documentary with closed captioning for the local communities understanding
c. Share a free film screening in every school (public and private) in the region
d. showcase it to the coffee farmers, who are all independent farmers with less than 10 acres or less but constantly in the line of conflict
e. help to create an educational workshop with the help of local educationists, agricultural specialists and environmental researchers
f. conduct arts and theater workshop for the children to gain confidence and appreciate the importance and role of elephants around the region. This is urgently required based on our earlier experience and has helped in bringing the lessons on how to co-exist home in many ways.

Here are some of the media clips and awards for the documentary:
Awards
Best Documentary- DC South Asian Film Festival, Sept 2017
Best Documentary- Black Cat Picture Show, Aug 2017
Best Documentary- Doc Sunback Film Festival, June 2017

Preview the Documentary HERE :
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elephants, humans, education, conflict, animal welfare, agriculture,
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We are closing this campaign, as we have reached our funding goal, and translations are beginning. Thank you to all here who supported making Elephants in the Coffee available to the local children and villagers in their own language, and to those offline who helped us reach our goal. Please continue to share the documentary trailer and information with anyone who can show it to a public audience or classroom. www.elephantsinthecoffee.com
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On a recent trip to India, one morning while I was in Bangalore, I got a message that two tuskers are located just behind a medical college. Forest department is desperately trying to push them back to the forest, which is almost 50 kms away. Trying to stop them entering the human habitation and nearby agricultural fields was one of the arduous task surrounded by curious onlookers and innocent people. The reason the two tuskers came into the vicinity of the city is clear. Their corridor is cut off and they continue to think it is their land.

I rushed to the area, watched the enormous task on hand for the forest guards on duty. For nearly 14 hours they put their lives at risk to chase the elephants into back into their original corridor to go back into their forest. That's another 24 hrs for the elephants.

For the people living around, nearby villagers and onlookers, it was a reality check to know time is not too far to see the elephants in the center of the big city. Nearby forests at one time was over 2 hours away and human settlements have now reached just few kilometers from the reserve forests. Uncontrolled quarrying, agricultural encroachments, illegal constructions are all the cause of ongoing and persistent human-animal conflict. Yet, the story is bigger than what it is on the boundaries!

When I screened the film to the forest department at Aranya Bhavan (the forest department head quarters in Bengaluru), every officer including the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests was commending the efforts of the film in educating the public at large. They were of the opinion that one of the complex stories of modern conservation scenario is conveyed in the most pragmatic and balanced way. What is the solution to this? Everyone is perplexed. In that endeavor, we continue to strive to educate and empower the people in all areas where elephant conflict is increasing. In my recent visit, I learn that the problem has increased 3 times more than what we have learnt earlier.

Thank you to everyone who supported our small fundraising campaign and continue to support us. We have secured enough funding for the translation and to go forward to share the film in every school, every village and highlight the complexities of co-existence, conservation and mitigating the conflicts.

Please continue to watch the website - www.elephantsinthecoffee.com as we progress further and hopefully will have a focused and pragmatic solution for the future.

If there are interested people to have a screening, we welcome them to send us a note through our website.
ONlookers disturbing the elephant passag
Elephants walking along the ridge
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The documentary has stressed on the need of the hour for future of conservation - It is not just about protecting species or the landscape, but to look for solutions to bring about peaceful co-existence. As the landscape shrink, it becomes more challenging to focus only on the protection of the species, which is going to be a failed conservation efforts in the days ahead.

Here is an interesting article written by @RichardConniff in the Yale Environment 360 highlights how the environmentalists are continuously looking for new way of conservation to make room for the expansive wildlife habitats outside the boundaries of the park. Landscapes have shrunk and they continue to shrink as the population and consumption for the already expansive population growth, more so in Asian continent.

One of the process of finding solution is also to create a large awareness on the impending situations, the conflict scenarios, a backdrop to how it is happening through innovative outreach and involvement with the local people. Elephants in the Coffee is talking about the same problem through great storytelling to highlight the problem as well as engage the audience. We wish to share this in the local language and we need your support.

Please take a minute, visit the website - www.elephantsinthecoffee.com and let us know how you can participate, engage, help us come together and take this forward to the communities, schools and farmers. We need your help and we count on your support.
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Empathy or apathy?

Both exist in equal measures, but I would still take empathy is inbuilt to the human genes as much as to the animals too. As social media splurges more to wider demographics, so are the information on cruelty towards every possible animal, be it pandas, mongoose, cranes, hornbill, monkey, sloth bear and so on. Be it large or small, wild or semi-wild, our approach to animals have changed and one such of course is also to the elephants. Once considered the god in Hindu culture, they are increasingly being treated as a menace. Their natural corridors are shrinking, their population is getting stable (at least in parts of their large habitation) there by their natural boundaries are getting pushed, agricultural lands are expanding; all of which driven by local as well as international connections. The award winning film talks in great balance about environmental, conservation, economic as well as cultural issues surrounding the human-elephant conflict.

How is this related to this video that has been surrounding the rounds of conventional and social media? In the context of the human elephant conflict, when the elephant is projected as a trouble, in a well planned but lengthy procedure forest department capture few elephants from the herd and puts them in captivity. Often it is the young sub-adult elephants that get caught up in this scenario as they simply follow the larger herd and the adult elephants.

In this heart warming video, which is not necessarily the case of conflict, but wandering elephants in a sudden rush to move away from the elephant habitation when they were chased away, left behind a young calf, probably a year old. In the mele of elephant herd escaping, this young calf was isolated but quickly was identified by the forest department folks. A quick thinking forest guards managed to push the calf out of its isolation. It may be a young calf, but it is a wild one!!
Watch here to understand the scenario...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUCy95OUc_U

The courage, empathy and concern of the forest guards in the situation to push the calf back to the herd is remarkable. The strength the young forest guard drew within himself to carry a 100 kg elephant calf on his shoulders, braving his own life to move into the bushes is nothing short of a robinhood adventure.

In this BBC report, as it narrates, he has been inundated with messages and congratulations.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42504492?ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=facebook

Yes, we need to understand the event and the context more deeply and salute the hero for his bravery and intuition to care for the elephant calf and not be left behind a herd as quickly as they can.

Elephants are occasionally known to abandon the calves and that means one more elephant will end up in captivity, an orphan with no future to look forward to. Such is the fate of many elephants captured in the conflict that they end up doing nothing but tethered to the trees for life. Who wants a life in captivity? Man doesn't want it! So are the wild elephants too.

Let us make every attempt to leave the wild animals as wild as they could be. It certainly requires policies, programs and of course, empathy that translates to action everyday. Elephants in the Coffee is tirelessly educating and empowering children and communities to develop a balanced approach to co-existence and appreciate their surroundings with respect, care and responsibility.

We need your support. We need to take this to the rural schools, farmers and beyond. Please consider a small donation to reach our goals and help us play an important role for the future of conservation every possible way.

Please visit the website - www.elephantsinthecoffee.com and you can watch the trailer and the movie. You can click on donate button and give us your generous support. We need to create more heroes for today, tomorrow and everyday forward.
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