Global Water Issues: Stewardship Actions

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

Right Under Their Feet: A Revolution to Irrigate Africa Today, by KickStart International, 2015 (4:31).

Description by KickStart International: During the dry season, there is no more rain. Farmers have nothing or very little to eat and many end up starving. But for millions of families, the solution is right under their feet. Africa may be dry but it has water underground. What local farmers need is “just the right tool to take it out.”

NWNL Comment: This beautiful video illustrates how 1 simple tool can end poverty amongst African farmers by increasing their profits. A simple foot pump - as easy to use as a bicycle is to ride - allows farmers to irrigate crops through long dry seasons and increasingly-frequent droughts. NWNL has documented the use of this foot pump in Kenya and seen first-hand how this simple pump can move African farmers out of poverty and despair. Kudos to CoFounders Nick Moon and Martin Fisher for reducing breeding grounds for terrorists and others to exploit due to dire hopelessness of poor youth in rural villages.

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A River Runs Through Us by International Rivers (Carla Pataky), 2011 (10:31).

Description by International Rivers: This documentary tells the stories of people from all around the world – India, Mexico, Brazil – whose way of life, livelihoods, and homes are threatened by the proliferation of mega-dams.This important issue is addressed at the global gathering of Rivers for Life 3 in Mexico and is illustrated by footage of the beautiful rivers now placed at risk by the dams.

NWNL Comment: In this film, attendees at the 2004 Rivers for Life 3 gathered from 50 countries and meeting discuss climate change; dams; communities displaced by large dams; and solutions that can preserve our watersheds needs. NWNL photos from the Omo River Basin are in this film that our partner International Rivers helped produce.The film interviews climate-change effects on rivers and dams; displaced communities; and solutions that can help meet our water needs. The film captures both the commitment and hopefulness of concerned stakeholders at the Rivers for Life 3 meeting. Part 2 of the film documents participants’ observations and plans.

What We Do: in Kenya, Jordan and Bangladesh by Ripple Effect Images (Michael Davie), 2011 (9:06).

Description by Ripple Effect Images: Ripple Effect Images is a team of journalists dedicated to documenting the plight of poor women and girls around the world, and highlighting the programs that are helping to empower them, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Working closely with scientists and NGOs to identify both the needs and the innovative programs that are helping women and girls, Ripple Effect journalists make strategic trips to document these programs.

NWNL Comment: Climate change hits hardest at the planet’s vulnerable edges. When droughts parch wells and streams in developing countries, it’s the women who collect water daily, suffering headaches, backaches and miscarriages. Thus, it is the women who plant trees, dig sand berms and teach children about the unpredictability of floods. This video features Kenyan women planting trees to save water, selling their value on the International Carbon Market and teaching their children the value of trees and water.

Why? by Ron Denham of Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (for TEDxDU), 2010 (12:01).

Description by TEDx Talks: Ron Denham affirms Rotary Internationals commitment to helping achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal that calls for a 50 percent reduction in the number of people with insufficient access to safe water and sanitation by 2015. This crisis now claims more than two million lives each year, a majority of them children.

NWNL Comment: Answers to the questions asked in this video could have a large impact on finding answers to challenges in human development, particularly in the third world – those of disease, education, child mortality, gender equality, poverty, hunger. And each of those issues revolve around the availability of water.

Cholera for Sale in New York! (Dirty Water Vending Machine) by The Dirty Water Campaign, 2009 (3:02).

Description by Dirty Water Campaign: What if someone bottled the water that millions in developing countries drink every day and offered it on the streets of New York? For just a buck, during World Water Week, New Yorkers in the Union Square Park area were able to enjoy the benefits of DIRTY WATER. It was available in a wide variety of choices like MALARIA, CHOLERA or even TYPHOID DIRTY WATER – and currently has 900 million consumers. Over 4,200 children die of water related diseases every day and millions of people around the world lack access to clean water resources.

“Dirty Water© is not an actual product, but a real problem for millions of children around the world.” For more information, to see photos, and to watch the Spanish-language version of this video, visit

NWNL Comment: This video uses humor and shock to wake up Americans as to the lack of easy access to clean fresh water in other parts of the world. Humor works!

Circle of Blue, Trailer by Circle of Blue, 2008 (2:28).

Description by Circle of Blue: Circle of Blue unites journalism, science, watershed data, and communications design because the more we see and know, the more we can respond. As stated, death by water is just as final as death by a gun.

NWNL Comment: This series of comments on watershed values and threats come from some of today’s foremost watershed stewards who are determined to raise awareness of the threats to our planet’s freshwater threats.

Extreme Ice Survey – Chasing Ice (trailer) by James Balog, 2008 (3:47).

Description by James Balog: Extreme Ice Survey founder James Balog explains how time-lapse cameras, in combination with DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, monitors the world’s glaciers. He also gives interesting facts about glaciers, like the Llulissat in Greenland’s probable role in sinking the Titanic a century ago.

NWNL Comment: James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey uses video and time-lapse technology to dramatically beyond-a-doubt capture the glacial melting of Greenland, Alaska, Iceland, the Himalayas and Glacier National Park (headwaters for both the Columbia and Mississippi River Basins - both NWNL case-study watersheds). Balog is determined to prove there is global warming and it will cause rising sea levels, flooded coastal communities and cities and salt-water intrusion into fresh-water estuaries.