Eliot Fisher was a member of Youth Media Project’s Global Broadcasting Team in Melbourne, Australia, for the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009 conference. After agreeing to help the conference organizers shoot a video message to leaders meeting in Copenhagen the following week, he realized that the politics around the idea of an interfaith gathering are far more complicated than he had thought.
Producer Dolna Smithback traveled down under to Melbourne, Australia with Youth Media Project’s Global Broadcasting Team to cover events at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, an international conference that occurs every five years. Smithback explored one of the world’s worst global crisis: the lack of clean water. Smithback talked to a number of participants and key speakers regarding their knowledge about the crisis and how their religion shapes their views on water.
Eliot Fisher, of Youth Media Project’s Global Production Team, travels to Melbourne, Australia to attend The Parliament of World’s Religions. This radio story represents the voices of global religious leaders, who offer up their perspectives about the environment; made for the ears of the world’s political leaders attending the Copenhagen Climate Change talks.
As I walk the streets of downtown Melbourne, Australia, I ask myself what is it exactly that I am looking for at the Parliment of World Religions? I don’t know, at least not yet. I realize that I don’t know what the hell I am supposed to do. I didn’t know how much this conference would overwhelm me. I just find myself lost, confused in this tossed salad of religions (the jetlag doesn’t help the case either).