In a first of its kind initiative, six leading musicians have joined hands to use folk music as a medium to spread awareness about the impact of climate change on human beings, plants and other living and non-living creatures residing in the hills.
Backed by USAID Forest Plus, a bilateral programme aimed at developing solutions for sustainable forest land use, the folk singers and musicians have released a traditional folk music album ‘Aranya Dhwani’ (Sounds of the Forests), which is a collection of six songs touching upon the issue of climate change, and how the same was affecting forests.
‘Aranya Dhwani’ was launched by Soumitri Das, a forestry specialist of USAID and Dr. Christopher Kernan, Chief of Party, Forest-PLUS and representatives from Joint Forest Management Committees (JFMCs) at Rampur Bushehr on Friday.
“The USAID program being implemented in Himachal Pradesh (India) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC ) is aimed at ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ (REDD+), an international mechanism for climate change mitigation and livelihoods improvement. The other aspects of the programme also covers biodiversity issues alongwith various development initiatives .The idea to reduce preessure on the state’s resources, deforestation and forest degradation,” said Dr Kernan.
The album has live performance by folk artists including Roshni Sharma, Harmeet Harnot and Bimla Chauhan.
“The album is a way of spreading to the masses the message of climate change and sustainable forest management, issues on which India and the U.S. have been collaborating on through Forest-PLUS,” said Soumitri Das