Some of BC’s biggest names in the mining industry came together in Vancouver to raise money for a series of documentaries that showcase critical environmental issues facing the continent.
(L to R) Anish Sunderji, President at First Globe Capital International, Carolynn Beaty, director of granting, Sitka Foundation, Dubai-based businessman Aziz Shariff and Trisha Beaty, director of the Sitka Foundation
Several local and international corporations, following their lead, pledged $50,000 each for the documentary series under a program called Giving Nature a Voice that is administered by the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Journalism in Nairobi.
The films have influenced local and national policies in Africa said Michael Meyer, founding dean of the school, who spoke about the program along with Firoz Rasul, the university’s president and filmmaker Andrew Tkach.
It’s simply an honour for us to be able to empower Africans to protect Africa through these films and partnership with the Aga Khan University, said Carolynn Beaty, Director of Granting of the Sitka Foundation.
“The teams are not only creating award-winning films that are chronicling beautiful, tragic and hopeful environmental stories, but they are also trying to influence policy makers and leaders who can create long term change,” said Beaty.
To find out more about the documentary series go to http://givingnatureavoice.org/
Ross Beaty with Firoz Rasul, president of the Aga Khan University.