Global Water Issues: Watershed Values

NWNL offers this list as a helpful resource,
but does not necessarily endorse the viewpoints of the videos below.

Mother Nature Is Speaking by Conservation International, 2014 (1:58).

Excerpt from the video: “I’ve been here for eons. I’ve fed species greater than you. And I’ve starved greater species than you. My oceans, my soil, my flowing streams, my forests: They all can take you – or leave you.… Your actions will determine your fate. Not mine.”

NWNL Comment: This short piece is powerfully to the point that we need Nature, even though Nature doesn’t need us!

Big Question: What is Nature Worth? by Natural Capital Project, 2010 (3:16).

Description by Inst. of the Environment, Univ. of Minnesota: Plants, animals, even entire ecosystems are disappearing from the Earth. So what? In “What Is Nature Worth?”, the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment offers a three-minute look at what biodiversity loss is really costing us – and what we can do about it.

NWNL Comment: “When we ignore Nature’s value, Nature loses and we lose.” How do we calculate the value of nature so we, our children and nature may all prosper? Costs analyses are being developed by the Natural Capital Project.

Biodiversity 2010 by the International League of Conservation Photographers, 2010 (3:22).

Description by ILCP: With sincere thanks to all of the iLCP photographers involved, the iLCP produced a multimedia piece for the GEF (Global Environment Facility) as their celebration of the year of Biodiversity, 2010. The GEF premiered the piece on Capitol Hill.

This multimedia piece was part of the GEF (Global Environment Facility) celebration of the Year of Biodiversity, 2010. Our planet’s biodiversity is represented by amazing images of flora, fauna and ecosystems and indigenous cultures living within nature. The piece warns that poverty, habitat loss, inequality and extinction is fraying the fabric of these inter-relationships. Every species in this video is part of a watershed and plays a role in protecting and developing our freshwater resource. Biodiversity is critical to maintaining the health of our watersheds!

NWNL Comment: “Biodiversity 2010” was created by the International League of Conservation Photographers. No Water No Life is proud that it features imagery by NWNL Director and Photographer, Alison Jones, who is an iLCP Fellow.

LIFE: A Journey through Time by Frans Lanting. (Click “Take an interactive journey through time” to view the slideshow.)

NWNL Comment: Exquisite photography speaks of the evolution of life on earth and the unparalleled values of its natural resources and biodiversity. Don’t miss this.

Water-Drop at 2000 frames per Second Discovery Channel’s ‘Time Warp’ series (2:30).

Description from Flixxy: MIT scientist Jeff Lieberman and digital-imager Matt Kearney use high-speed photography to turn never-before-seen wonders into a beauty that explains the physics of “coalesce.”

NWNL Comment: It’s amazing to watch the ultra-slow-motion of a drop of water bouncing off surface tension – a phenomenon that allows insects to walk on water and water drops to hold together.

Water 1st – Imagine by Water 1st International, 2010 (4:00).

Description by Water 1st: Imagine carrying every drop of water your family needs. Imagine that your toilet emptied into your drinking water. Now imagine a world where everyone has safe water. Where every girl has the opportunity to attend school. At Water1st, we believe that safe water is a basic human right.

NWNL Comment: This film asks us to imagine life in third world countries where we would have to spend our days collecting water from a dirty river or bath at a public pump – where we would be caught in the cycle of poverty because we didn’t have instant access to clean fresh water. This is why NWNL chose three of its 6 case-study watersheds from East Africa.

What’s a Watershed? by matamatamusic, 2009 (1:01).

Description by MataMataMusic: Video explaining what a watershed is and why it’s important, for the EPA Water Quality Video Contest.

NWNL Comment: A very basic series of graphics defining the concept of a watershed. Good educational tool for primary school.

Why Watersheds matter by Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships, 2009 (2:39).

Description by Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships: Learn how forested watersheds support our everyday lives.

NWNL Comment: A series of photographs from Hawaii’s forested watersheds match a long list of the many functions and services provided by those watersheds – and all watersheds!