Once upon a time, massive fish migrations were observed around the globe. Civilizations and wildlife revolved around these natural wonders and depended on them for survival. For millennia, we have relied on rivers as a source of food, recreation and energy. Unfortunately, many of these natural, free-flowing rivers have deteriorated as generations pass.'Love Flows' brings you to life, and this is what you need to do. situation. It captures the growing passion of thousands of people from across the globe.
One of the biggest threats to healthy rivers are dams. Dams block the flow of rivers, the passage of fish, and the health and ecology of our freshwater systems. These barriers have had massive effects on the survival of migratory fish but the tide is turning, and we are starting to bring these rivers and fish populations back. Now, citizens around the world are getting activated to help these rivers that are the life sources of our planet.
On April 21, 2018, the World Fish Migration Foundation organized its third biennial World Fish Migration Day. On this day, about 3000 organizations around the world joined together in solidarity to celebrate migratory fish and healthy rivers, educate others about them and embark on the journey to save them. World Fish Migration Day sheds light on the importance of free-flowing rivers for local cultures, livelihoods and happiness and how we can work together in the future.
The documentary 'Love Flows' captures the stories of a few of the events from World Fish Migration Day 2018 through the narration of Joshua Royte, conservation scientist for The Nature Conservancy. It highlights our evolved understanding of the impacts of dams and the people that are working towards positive differences for rivers. This documentary aims to give these fish, and the rivers they depend on, the celebrations, knowledge, and great visions we have for them.
We hope this film inspires more people to take part in the celebrations World Fish Migration Day and who knows ... maybe you will be featured in the next documentary!
Someone once said that, "To see the salmon run is like looking into the veins of the earth". Red, determined, to reach their complete destiny to lay their eggs, with their life's journey complete, to that. We humans, carefully put our ears carefully and listen deeply. What you will hear is the beautiful necessity of the system we utterly depend on the moment of our birth and our breath. This film is a telegram that reminds us of the obvious but discarded fact; beauty as a value, the health of the earth is the base of everything we hope we will do in this lifetime.
Co-founder and President if Tompkins Conservation
Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year 2017 Nominee