Please read the press release below:
The T’uru Project: Searching for Traces of Lake Poopó
The consequences of the disappearance of Bolivia’s second largest lake.
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia August 18, 2016 - With the loss of over 200 species of animals and plants and the displacement 350 families from three different indigenous communities, the T’uru Project emerged as a collective effort to create a documentary exploring the disappearance of lake Poopó: once Bolivia’s second largest lake reduced to what some refer to now as large puddles.
While the environmental catastrophe has been met with little action and an overall sense of indifference, the T’uru Project intends to document the actual impact of the disappearance of Lake Poopó, create a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which surrounding communities’ lifeways and traditions have been affected, and work towards reversing the lake’s continual evaporation before it completely disappears. Furthermore, the T’uru Project hopes their efforts and the resulting documentary can serve as a call to educate and to mobilize people to combat the real consequences of climate change.
“The damage caused is not only material but also human: there is a spiritual connection with the planet that is being lost and the general indifference towards this loss affects us all. From different parts of the country, our team traveled to Lake Poopó to witness the natural disaster and understand the effects of the lake’s gradual disappearance. After our journey to the lake, our objective became clear: we could not let this ecological disaster be forgotten by the national and international community. Our sincerest hope is that the voices and stories of these affected communities will be heard,” expresses Allan Calle, nature activist and member of the T’uru Project team.
Based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the T’uru Project is a team of professional filmmakers, cultural managers and social and nature activists that have come together to document the disappearance of Lake Poopó. The team has produced many documentaries related to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage, and are determined to carry out the T’uru Project as their largest endeavor yet.
Those interested in supporting the T’uru Project or pre-ordering the film can do so on Indiegogo until September 23rd, 2016. The T’uru Project is also offering several packages for a limited time only, including copies of the film, artisanal hand-made products from Bolivia, and a trip to Lake Poopó.
Indiegogo page: https://igg.me/at/lakepoopo
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