Arlington, Va. (March 15, 2016) – Today, Conservation International (CI) releases "Mountain," the newest film in its award-winning short film series "Nature Is Speaking." Voiced by Golden Globe Award nominee Lee Pace, "Mountain" reflects on humanity's harmonious past with nature – and warns about the dangers ahead.
"The nature that sustains us is in great peril," said Pace. "The mountain warns us of the danger resulting from the damage we have done, and offers an invitation to do the right thing before it's too late."
Mountain ecosystems, from the Andes to the Himalayas, provide fresh water and resources for millions of people.
- The world's major rivers, including the Congo, Mekong and Amazon, have their headwaters in mountains, and more than half of the global population relies on the fresh water that originates in these areas
- 329 million mountain-dwelling people face hunger due to food insecurity
- Many of the world's most traded commodities, including coffee, tea and rice, are grown in mountainous areas
CI launched the "Nature Is Speaking" campaign in September 2014. The series includes films narrated by nature in the voices of the biggest names in Hollywood including Penélope Cruz, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong'o, Edward Norton, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Ian Somerhalder and Reese Witherspoon. The films have been viewed more than 46 million times across 33 countries in 10 languages, garnering more than 2.2 billion total impressions.
About CI's Work in Mountain Areas
CI protects the nature that people around the world rely on, including critical mountain habitats, which provide food, fresh water and livelihoods for people. Working closely with the government of Cambodia for 14 years, CI has helped to protect the Central Cardamom Protected Forest, which lies at the heart of the Cardamom Mountains. Rivers flowing from these highlands provide drinking water and support rice and fish production in lowland agricultural plains, supporting the lives and livelihoods of 3.5 million people, as well as iconic wildlife like wild Asian elephants. In January of 2016, CI and Cambodia's Forest Administration launched Cambodia's first ever conservation trust fund for the Central Cardamom Protected Forest.
The Alto Mayo Protected Forest, located in the mountainous eastern Andes of Peru, is a vital area for the people who live there. CI has been working with local farmers to create more sustainable agricultural practices to help conserve and restore the forest, which sequesters carbon and provides people with fresh water.
The mountains of southwest China help ensure the supply of fresh water for more than 20 million people, providing an essential resource for sustaining human well-being and economic growth. CI works in this area to mitigate pollution in order to protect freshwater supplies This project has effectively improved river water quality, improved village sanitation and hygiene, raised villagers' awareness of freshwater conservation, encouraged eco-agriculture as economic motivation to villagers and provided educational opportunities to local schools and visitors.
"Mountain" is available to view and embed at natureisspeaking.org.
The "Nature Is Speaking" newsroom contains additional content and contacts for media at natureisspeaking.org/newsroom.
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About the "Nature Is Speaking" campaign
Conservation International developed the "Nature Is Speaking" video series with MAL\FOR GOOD under the creative direction of Lee Clow. The videos have garnered more than 2.2 billion impressions and more than 48 million video views from exposure in more than 33 countries and have raised millions of dollars for conservation. "The Ocean," voiced by Harrison Ford, earned a coveted Cannes Gold Lion award in 2014.
About Conservation International
Conservation International (CI) uses an innovative blend of science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, CI works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about CI and follow our work on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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