You are invited to the Global Freshwaters Summit & Virtual Film Festival
in partnership with the Global Being Foundation, the Missouri History Museum and the Rights of Nature movement
April 16 – 23
Free Headlining Films
INVISIBLE HAND: Who will speak for nature?
Directors: Joshua B. Pribanic, Melissa Troutman
Rights of Nature – A Global Movement
Producers: Issac Goeckeritz, Hal Crimmel, María Valeria Berros
WHERE THERE ONCE WAS WATER
Directed & Produced by: Brittany App
Kiss the Ground
Directors | Producers: Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Josh Tickell
Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson
Troubled Waters – Mississippi River Story
A Film by Larkin McPhee and Barbara Coffin
Produced by the Bell Museum of Natural History
Join Films for the Planet’s Virtual Cinema Experience Honoring the Great Rivers
Through stunning photography and timely narratives, we embark on a revealing journey that contemplates the river’s timeless bounty and gives voice to its urgent challenges. It’s up to us to listen—as together we set an intention to value, heal and protect our most precious natural resource. From pollution, industrial agriculture and water privatization to the rights of nature—we will explore how our personal and planetary health depends on fresh perspectives and collective action.
Our journey starts at the Mississippi River which runs through the heart of North America. In partnership with the Missouri History Museum and the Global Being Foundation, Films for the Planet invites all to join a virtual conversation about the challenges facing our rivers.
The freshwater biomes represented by the Confluence of two Great Rivers in the heart of North America requires our care and attention and presents us with an opportunity to forge a new social contract – one that calls upon humanity to meet and match the Earth’s resilience by turning towards the life-giving waters.
The availability of clean and abundant water impacts the health and well-being of everyone—rivers are essential to Earth’s resilience and regenerative power. The clear priority in our future story is about WATER. Water covers 71% of the planets surface with 95% of that in the Ocean. Only 2.5% of the water on earth is fresh, and two-thirds of earths freshwater is found in glaciers and ice caps, leaving approximately .08% of freshwater for all life on the land to share.
According to the United Nations, the dwindling supply of water for drinking and basic sanitation poses an unprecedented threat to human health and safety. One-third of Earth’s people now live without safe drinking water, the shortage already fuels international conflicts and mass migrations, and the situation grows worse with global warming and desertification. Pollutants from industrial waste and agriculture threatens the river’s aquatic life and accumulates creating ocean dead zones which effect marine life and economic stability for those who depend on the rivers for health and well-being.
Yet, far too many people cannot answer one of the basic questions of life: Where is your watershed? And What is the health of your watershed? Our inability to answer and connect to the life-sustaining importance of these answers fuels the pervasive disregard for how fresh and clean water impacts our life – and how we impact it. As a result for example, communities world-over are waking up to the fact that their water supply has become overburdened with toxic chemicals which are ruining the health of their land, wildlife and livestock, as well as their personal health and economic livelihood. When challenging the source of industrial pollution, they quickly realize their citizen rights have been usurped by corporations’ rights to profit regardless of human or environmental costs.
But a growing movement is recognizing the sanctity of our planetary life-support system. All life is connected, if nature flourishes, all creatures flourish. In order to promote human life in harmony with Nature, national and local governments in South America, India, New Zealand, Mexico and elsewhere have recognized the rights of rivers, forests, and other elements of Nature to exist and flourish. This view fosters respect for the natural world by adopting a new paradigm in which Nature is no longer viewed as mere human property but is, instead, recognized as a single system to which all life belongs. Initiatives to forge a new relationship with the river by, among other things: protecting it from pollutants; renaturing its banks; restoring and conserving the wetlands, marshes, forests, and grasslands within its basin; and promoting sustainable agricultural practices are long overdue.
Watch FREE films at your own pace from April 16 – 23
Join scheduled conversations
Monday, April 19 | State of the River
Tuesday, April 20 | Governance
Wednesday, April 21 | Protecting the River
Thursday, April 22 | Food and Agriculture
Friday, April 23 | Lifestyles in Harmony with Nature
Interactive learning journeys
FIFTEEN award-winning documentary films
FREE streams select films
NEW releases on-demand
Film related CONVERSATIONS
Panels with passionate planetary CITIZENS
Educational and take action RESOURCES
Select your own engagement streams
Go at your own pace
FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTERS
More presenters coming soon
Your registration includes a Global Freshwaters Summit invitation
Your Films for the Planet registration comes with an invitation from our Global Freshwaters Summit partner to also join the summit free of charge.
Watch free films from April 16-23, and go at your own pace engaging with Films for the Planet’s film program alongside the summits scheduled speaker program. Replays will be compiled at a later time, however the free films are only available for a limited time. Our program is designed to catalyze conversation and compliment the summits’ themes.
GLOBAL FRESHWATER SUMMIT SPEAKERS
• Kim Lutz, Executive Director, America’s Watershed Initiative
• Olivia Dorothy, Director, Upper Mississippi River Basin, American Rivers
• John Dawes, Executive Director, The Chesapeake Commons
• Mary Culler, Executive Director, Missouri Stream Teams Watershed Coalition
• Suzi Steer, Education and Alliances, TreeSisters
• Dr. Sharon Deem, Director, Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine
• Colin Wellencamp, Executive Director, Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative
• Erica Williams, Founder and Executive Director, A Red Circle
• Collen Suter, Environmental Programs Manager, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
• Grant Wilson, Earth Law Center
• Catherine Iorns Magallanes, Law Professor Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
• Monti Aguirre, International Rivers
• Colette Pichon Battle, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
• Emma Kleus, Vice President of Communications and Outreach, Great Rivers Greenway
• Heru Adeleke, Heru Urban Farming
• Rachel Bartels, Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper
• Sara Cavagnero, Executive Director, ren collective
• Jean Ponzi, Missouri Botanical Gardens Earthways Center
Free and On-demand
Mark Ruffalo / Ann Hathaway Drama based on a true story
There’s Something in the Water
Directors / Producers: Elliot Page, Ian Daniel
Seven Rivers Walking
Filmmaker: Gaylene Barnes
Last Call at the Oasis
Water Flows Together
Story of Plastic
Films for the Planet
WORLD’S WATER category
A Rivers Last Chance
White Water Black Gold
Flow: for the Love of Water
World Water Law
The proposal for a World Water Law invites all of humanity to unite around the radical healing of the planetary Waters and Water cycle. This foundational Law works to ensure that all humans and animals have guaranteed access to natural, uncontaminated Water. It holds every government, corporation, community and individual fully accountable for their impact on Water. The World Water Law activates an exponential whole-system healing response that addresses many of the root causes of our escalating global challenges.
JOIN the FREE Virtual Film Festival April 16-23
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email (check your spam folder). We will send an email with the film program link as soon as it becomes available.
Can’t attend the summit? No worries! Watch FREE films from April 16-23 and check your email for session replays.