New Jersey’s Budd Lake (Mt. Olive Township), source of the Raritan River. Photo © Alison M. Jones.
No Water No Life on a Green Mission
First published by LiveGreenBeGreen.com, December 14, 2012
IN keeping with our mission to educate, inform and share all things green, LGBG is proud to recognize organizations that we feel are employing exceptional and unique approaches to accomplish their goals. This week, we salute No Water No Life (NWNL). LGBG would like to thank Alison Jones, photographer and project director, for taking the time to share information with us about this very special organization.
NWNL is a very special project that uses photography, scientific research and stakeholder knowledge to raise public awareness on the importance of freshwater resources, the potential dangers associated with water degradation and the opportunities to manage these resources. This organization is exceptional and noteworthy because of its unique approach to its mission. NWNL has adopted a simplistic primary focus, namely watersheds. It then uses beautiful and intriguing photography and videography to illustrate its premises. We all know that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and NWNL’s pictures prove this point.
This project has cleverly selected six case study watersheds that document “current universal threats to freshwater systems,” and with the employment of photographers, scientists and interns, the team works to develop solutions to existing problems relative to water. The background of the individuals involved in these projects range from natural resource management, conservation biology, restoration ecology, forest ecology, environmental education and conservation photography and videography. To date, the NWNL teams have conducted 15 expeditions in the United States and Africa, with 5 more to go.
The NWNL team maintains the highest ethical standards in its research and photography practices, ensuring that the welfare of the ecosystems are maintained. The photographers go to extreme lengths to respect the “rights, customs and values” of the stakeholders in the watersheds visited. Also, whether on expeditions or within their offices, they strive to cover their carbon emissions.
LGBG invites you to visit the No Water No Life website at nowater-nolife.org to learn about this organization and to peruse its stunning photographs which convey to the viewer the feeling that protection of the world’s watersheds is indeed a worthy cause.
No Water No Life is a globally focused project that documents the availability of freshwater resources, raises public awareness and provides education to stakeholders through publications, lectures and exhibits to foster partnerships globally. With the understanding that water is the key to life, NWNL truly is a dynamic force and a wonderful asset to our journey to live green, be green.