SavingSpecies' videographer David Blinken films an interview for National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative in Tanzania
Videos are a great way to learn and to teach. For biodiversity, they are especially important since they readily portray life’s variety and beauty. At the same time accompanying audio can convey the urgency of ongoing biodiversity loss. So it is wonderful that so many organizations have produced videos about biodiversity.
But that has also created a problem. When you search for “biodiversity” in Google’s Video tab you get more that 20,000 hits. Just on YouTube you get 14,000 hits. (Of course many of Google’s results are from YouTube.) Also it’s rather irksome to see that Chevron has a promotional video at the top of YouTube’s search results. (I have previously written about Chevron’s liability for egregious pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon). Vimeo, another video-sharing site, has more than 1,600 biodiversity-related videos.
To help teachers, educators and communicators find the best biodiversity videos I have compiled a list of the top five videos in five categories. For each video I include the title, the URL, the number of views, the date it was posted online and the length of the video. The link title is taken from the video title posted online. For a summary of the video, mouseover the link and a brief descriptor tag will appear.
My evaluation is purely subjective. Some videos with few page views are rated higher than videos with many page views. Some videos may overlap categories. Please feel free to disagree and, of course, to comment with your own favorite biodiversity videos.
Overall Winner: Vancouver Film School
Vancouver Film School’s video uses animated graphics with startling clarity and a smooth flow of information to explain the facts of biodiversity and its importance. The timing of the narration with visual effects takes the viewer from a simple definition of biodiversity to more complex concepts. The video touches on the role of biodiversity in agriculture and medicine and closes with a compelling conclusion… This video is also our top pick for the category What is Biodiversity?
Click the link to watch the video: Biodiversity – Vancouver Film School (VFS)
Click the category title to see the list of the top five videos in each category. Click again to toggle the list.
1. What is Biodiversity?
|In this category, videos were selected based on their effectiveness at explaining the basics of biodiversity to non-expert audiences.
||Biodiversity – Vancouver Film School (VFS)
||Aug 12, 2010
||NATURE | The Loneliest Animals | Critical Biodiversity | PBS
||Apr 14, 2009
||Bill Nye the Science Guy – “We’re All Connected”
||Mar 10, 2008
||What is biodiversity? (IYBUK)
||Dec 3, 2009
||What is Biodiversity (Wonderville)
||Dec 22, 2010
2. The Science of Biodiversity
|Science underpins the conservation strategies to preserve biodiversity. Here are the top five videos that incorporate scientific aspects of biodiversity.
3. Importance of Biodiversity
|We need to communicate why biodiversity is so important to health, well-being and the sustainability of human activities and life on Earth. These videos do a great job of that!
4. Losing Biodiversity
|Biodiversity is in an unprecedented crisis. Life on Earth is facing a mass extinction. These videos illustrate the seriousness of the situation.
5. Saving Biodiversity
|These videos are recognized for the effectiveness with which they make a case for biodiversity conservation.
6. Promoting Biodiversity
|It’s important to spread the word. These videos do a great job of promoting biodiversity as a cause.
7. For and by Kids
|Children are an vital audience for biodiversity. Here are the best videos for or by kids.
|Here are five more videos that deserve mention in the list of top biodiversity videos.
|Here we acknowledge that some folks might not quite “get” it, or have their own agendas. Luckily we could only find two videos that were really deserving of our Raspberry Award.
We hope you enjoyed our selection of videos. Feel free to share this page with educators, biodiversity professionals and others interested in the variety and vulnerability of life on our beautiful Earth.
If you want to submit a video to be reviewed by SavingSpecies and to be considered for next year’s award, please drop us a line on our contact form.