Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey


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Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey (2012/2013)

Opened: 11/15/2013 Limited

Music Hall 311/15/2013 - 11/21/20137 days
Quad Cinema/NYC11/29/2013 - 12/05/20137 days

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Genre: Documentary (English and Tibetan w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey is the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet's "3rd Pole," a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming.

Battling the most treacherous terrain on the planet, the trekkers spread their message of ecological compassion through human's most basic means - by walking on foot, village to village, and showing by example.

Surviving harrowing injuries, illness, and starvation, they emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world.

About the Film

With the largest store of glaciers outside of the polar ice caps, the Himalayas has been coined the "3rd pole" of the earth. Like the poles, the effects of rising global temperatures are drastically destabilizing the local ecosystem; amidst rapid glacial melting, usual weather occurrences have catapulted into catastrophic proportions, worsening year by year. Underreported and largely overlooked by the world, this area has become a hotbed of disasters that locals fear will obliterate their way of life within a matter of years.

This film's story opens in Ladakh, India ("Little Tibet"), during the aftermath of a freak weather phenomenon known as a cloudburst. Several inches of rain fall in the first sixty seconds, decimating the area with an apocalyptic cascade of mudslides and flash floods. As incidences like this increase over time, entire cultures are now under threat of dispersion, not by the hand of genocide or war, but by the climate chaos associated with global warming.

A cry for survival, the "eco-Pad Yatra" seen in the film was a trek of unparalleled danger, designed to spread the modern message of environmental compassion by human's most basic means --by walking, village to village, and showing by example. Collecting trash and plastic from water sources, the trekkers educated remote villages on reusing non-biodegradable materials, planting trees, and how to live responsibly as their traditional lives are now changing.

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. Led by H.H. the Gyalwang Drukpa, one of the main Buddhist spiritual leaders of the Himalayas and recipient of a United Nations MDG Honor (2010), the journey is punctuated by spiritual insights amidst the obstacles along the way, renewing ancient wisdom for a modern context.

The treks covered a total of 450 miles; 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.