If you haven’t heard of WaterBear, it is the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Whatever you feel passionately about in the world of climate action, biodiversity, sustainability, community, diversity and more, WaterBear provides access to award-winning and inspirational content that empowers members to dive deeper, learn more and take action. You can subscribe for free and stream online or on your phone via their app on the App Store or Google Play Store.
CEO of WaterBear, Ellen Windemuth, says, true interactivity and engagement now comes from education, and viewers who love a subject are far more likely to engage with a cause in the long-term. “The WaterBear Network can link you to the NGO and conservation work behind each film, you can travel, attend events, join campaigns, find out all about your favourite species or place in the world, share info on social media and lots more.”
Not only do you have access to incredible and inspiring documentaries and short films but it also shines a spotlight on the most critical issues facing the planet today. Read on below to see our list of favourite films over the last few weeks.
Some of our favourite short films
In Conversation with… Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex talks to Ellen Windemuth, WaterBear CEO, and Sam Sutaria, WaterBear Head of Strategy, about his passion for conservation, his work as the President of African Parks, and how storytelling can help drive meaningful action.
Imagine for One Minute
A tiny film with a big idea: to ask viewers across the world to take a minute to visualise the better future we could have, and then to talk about it.
The Last Honey Hunter
Mauli Dhan is from the Kulung community in Nepal, who believe that only the person who has had a special dream can harvest honey without invoking the wrath of a spirit called Rongkemi. It’s a fascinating story, told through truly daring filmmaking.
Ocean Unite’s “30×30” environmental campaign film traverses the globe, documenting the harrowing scale of the man-made threats to our oceans and Ocean Unite’s mission to protect at least 30 per cent of the ocean by 2030.
A Walk Through the Land of a Thousand Hills
Claver Ntoyinkima, a native park ranger, shares the secrets of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda as he guides us through the forest.
An Eye For Detail
22-year-old Alfie Bowen is an up and coming wildlife photographer whose work is starting to take the world by storm, and his fans include the likes of Chris Packham and Richard Branson. But his life wasn’t always this promising.
S1, E4: Alaska’s Majesty: Denali National Park
A camera team travels to the spectacular Denali National Park in Alaska to question the future of these big parks, and meet those who want to preserve them for years to come.
The incredible true story of the New York Blood Center’s abandoned lab chimps, Blood Island is a 2018 BAFTA award-winning short documentary.
75: A Story About Whales, Fish and Trees
What connects all three and how can planting trees save orcas? Simply put, more trees, means more salmon and therefore more orcas.
Ghosts of the Arctic
Ghosts of the Arctic follows the journey of Polar Photographer Joshua Holko through the frozen expanse of Svalbard. Holko seeks to encounter and photograph the majestic polar bear on foot, something rarely attempted.
Yarrow: The Virtues of Monochrome
This short follows the creative process of fine art photographer David Yarrow as he steps ashore the mind-blowing wildlife scenes of South Georgia.
Each fall our skies fill with the wings of migrating raptors. This ancient migration spans two hemispheres, binding our backyards to the forests of the far north and the wildest corners of South America.
Protecting Kyambura Gorge
The Kyambura Gorge, a mystical sunken forest, is located at the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda and is home to some incredibly diverse wildlife. Amongst this wildlife is 27 chimpanzees, who have become known as the “Lost Chimpanzees”.
GYAMO – Queen of the Mountains
Snow leopards are one of the most elusive and least understood of the big cats. Gyamo — Queen of the Mountains tries to scratch the surface on the issues affecting the snow leopards and the habitat that sustains them.
Pangolins: Scale of the Trade
Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world, but the world is only just starting to learn more about them. This short film looks at the mass scale of the illegal pangolin trade and ways we can turn the trade around.
The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit
The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit is a mostly female ranger unit founded in 2013 with the purpose of protecting wildlife in South Africa, mainly in the regions of the Balule Nature Reserve and the Greater Kruger National Park.
Remixing Madagascar follows Ben Mirin on his exploration of Madagascar’s wildlife, music, and conservation. Ben set out to explore the island and record the sounds of the country’s unique lemurs, birds, and other animals.
A Wild Education
The extraordinary journey of a family living deep in the wild of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania.