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Harnessing Science and Storytelling to Create a Water-Secure Future: National Geographic World Water Day Celebration

In honor of World Water Day, National Geographic Society CEO Gary E. Knell reflects on the power of science and storytelling to create a water-secure Future on his Medium blog. Additionally, National Geographic released a video showcasing Okavango Wilderness Project’s work to protect one of the planet’s last wetland wildernesses.


by Gary E. Knell

On World Water Day, I had the honor and privilege of addressing over 100 policymakers, activists, and government officials at the U.S. State Department for the annual meeting of the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP), a group that works to achieve a water-secure world.

We share USWP’s deep commitment to protecting water across our nation, and around the world.

While National Geographic’s legendary storytelling and iconic images have helped raise awareness of critical water issues, the fact is we go far beyond creating content. We help people stop and think about what’s going on in the world today, but also — more importantly — what could happen to make it better.

While we’ve always focused on issues related to our planet’s natural resources, over the past decade we’ve deepened our efforts around water as the global challenges facing this precious resource have become more clear — and more dire.

Read the full post on Medium

In honor of World Water Day, the National Geographic Society also released a new video showcasing the people and wildlife that depend on the clean, clear waters of the Okavango Basin. Check out the video below and learn more about the Okavango Wilderness Project at

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