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
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 curas
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.