The Water Story is an environmental communication project, that looks at sharing water-related local stories with a global focus. The project will bring environmental science of sustainable water in the Indian subcontinent, together with social experiences of people living in Mumbai, India’s fast-growing financial capital. The digital multimedia storytelling platform will bring together communications students from three institutions – Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia; and Mumbai University and Xavier’s Institute of Communication in Mumbai, India, into a collaborative space to share experiences and skills in developing solutions based long-form multimedia. This first of its kind project, funded under the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) New Colombo Plan.
Griffith University is committed to building global partnerships in environmental and social-justice communications, and those relationships in India and now more important than ever. India is going to be an epicentre if not the epicentre of a massive water crisis in the next few decades and what happens in cities like Mumbai will have global ramifications.
India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world and India’s growth will depend at least in part on how it deals with a massive water problem. Latest statistics show at least half of India’s 1.2billion people face severe water shortage, and developing capacity in strong environmental communication strategies is going to be vital in finding a solution to an ever-looming water crisis, and that is what we are trying to do with projects like the Water Story.