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‘Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey’ calls to save Himalayan Ecology

New Delhi, November 30: Gyalwang Drukpa, one of the main Buddhist spiritual leaders of the Himalaya, said that there is a need to conserve the ecological resources of Himalayas against rampant exploitation and pollution for the generations to come.

While interacting with media at the 44th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here today, he said that Himalayan water bodies are polluted with plastics. Plastics contain toxins which pollute the natural water flowing in the streams.

He said, through the film ‘Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey’, and by walking in the Himalayas, we tried to connect ourselves with nature. To build a relationship with nature, we need to walk in order to connect with the elements of nature, he added.

His holiness said that there is a need to live harmoniously with nature and spread the idea of live to love. He said that to educate the inhabitants of the Himalayas he has decided to continue such Pad Yatras annually in Himalayas. He said, being a leader of the Region, he has been termed as ‘water protector’ or ‘Himalayan Guardian’.

Talking about the empowerment of women, he said that women are inherently empowered by God. Men should only make way and allow women to contribute and perform to their potential. He also talked about how some nuns had been trained in Kung Fu. He was proud that Kung Fu had its origin in India.

Executive Producer of the film, Michelle Yeoh said that when she met with His Holiness in London she got the idea to produce this film. His Holiness has inspired her to show the world the condition of Himalayan ecology.

‘Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey’ is about the harrowing adventure of 700 people, trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by chaotic climate change associated with global warming.

Led by H.H. the Gyalwang Drukpa, a recipient of a United Nations Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Honor (2010), the journey is punctuated by spiritual insights amidst obstacles along the way. He renews ancient wisdom with a modern context.

Fighting illness, injuries, and starvation at altitudes above 17,000 ft, the story of Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey is told through the perils and adventures the trekkers face as they struggle through the most treacherous terrain on the planet.

The treks covered a total of 450 miles during which half a ton of plastic litter was collected, hundreds of villages were educated on environmental responsibility, 50,000 trees were planted, and the journey has left the Himalayas changed forever. The result: an unprecedented environmental movement now thrives across the rooftop of the earth, a beacon of hope for the rest of the world. Battling the most treacherous terrain on earth, they spread their message of ecological compassion through man’s most basic means –by walking on foot, village to village.

Shot with solar power by Himalayan monk Ngawang Sodpa, the film features the Gyalwang Drukpa and Aamir Khan. The film is produced by Michelle Yeoh, narrated by Daryl Hannah, and it is a debut feature documentary from director Wendy J.N. Lee. 

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