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Evidence of Hope: Yaeda Valley

Evidence of Hope: Yaeda Valley shares the beautiful story of the Hadzabe people of northern Tanzania. As one of the winners of the 2019 United Nations Equator Prize, the Hadzabe hold up a clear vision of the power of linking traditional indigenous knowledge with technology. The Hadzabe people are one of the world’s oldest living indigenous community, yet also leaders in innovative climate technology. Together with Carbon Tanzania, as community owners of their land, they have found a way to live their traditional lifestyle, protect their forests, and provide benefits to every person in the world! This is evidence of hope!!

  • Tasha Goldberg
  • Tasha Goldberg
  • Tasha Goldberg
  • Luis Felipe Ruiz
    Videographer and Editor
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    15 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 21, 2019
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    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Tanzania, United Republic of
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  • Earth Optimism Summit 2020
    United States
    April 22, 2020
    United States
    August 12, 2020
Director Biography - Tasha Goldberg

I am a professional storyteller and writer with extensive experience traveling the world. My encounters with indigenous communities, businesses and governments have taught me how to communicate in a universal language.

I have developed international sustainability projects that link members of supply chain together and promote positive impact. As part of this work, I serve as an ambassador, visiting remote communities to gather their stories and better understand needs, incentives and resources. I have dined along the Bering Straits with Yupik Eskimos in their fish camps, helped make home made cheese with rancheros in Mexico as we discussed the legacy of water, and held children in villages in the deep mountains of Hainan island in southern China while collaborating to create renewable energy stations. In my work with a furniture company in the US, I created a project to ‘green’ their line. As a result, I developed a new supply chain to source locally to the manufacturing facilities and upcycle waste materials from other industries. With the financial savings, I worked with the local government to install biogas units for the families of the workers in the plantations, taking in all human, animal and industrial waste to create free, clean renewable energy. Over the course of five years, I led large groups of scientists, translators, videographers and government officials to travel throughout the island, managing all aspects of the logistics. I produced short videos, reports and presentations to share the project throughout the shareholder group. I was able to build bridges to deliver a positive impact successfully by listening and working hard.

I have also reported for the United Nations, providing summary and analysis on ongoing negotiations related to sustainability and traditional knowledge. These short-term assignments have also allowed me to visit the world from Bangladesh to Senegal and participate on different small teams. This type of timeframe required me to develop a refined ability to work effectively with anyone. Traveling globally, I have encountered the expected and unexpected range of disasters. In these challenges, my genuine calm, grace and leadership has been acknowledged by both high-level UN delegates as well as aunties in wheelchairs.

While traveling, I use my free time while traveling to explore Evidence of Hope.

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Director Statement

In my experience as a global reporter and business consultant, I began to recognize that much of the communication around sustainability is stuck in a similar script or template. The formula involves presenting information that frightens people into caring by announcing devastating facts as a way to shock and pique interest.
As a result of this tactic, people are becoming numb, detached, and tuning out. This is the opposite of what is needed to successfully address global sustainability.
Evidence of Hope is an effort to stimulate a new narrative, one that is optimistic, uplifting and beautiful. I lived in Hawaii for many years, and during that time I studied hula. The way of this ancient dance is to use beauty to recreate the story, to share layers of knowledge. Subtly, through this beauty, there is a transfer of environmental information, indicators of value and world views, as well as information about specific people and places. I use this same dynamic to demonstrate stories that illustrate Evidence of Hope.