Author Archives: Juliette Bouquerel

May 27 | Join Us | Terra Do | Bringing Water Back To Barren Lands

Join us for a discussion on Bringing Water Back to Barren Lands hosted by the leading educational platform Terra.do and learn how nature-based solutions are helping restore water sources, revive biodiversity, and transform ecosystems in Sonora and Arizona, Mexico. You’ll hear from Anna Valer Clark, founder of  Cuenca Los Ojos  and Juliette Bouquerel, producer and filmmaker of “Nature Is My Teacher.”

They’ll share insights on ancient techniques being used by environmental communities near the border to rejuvenate the landscape, creating an environment where wildlife is thriving – so much so that jaguars could soon return to the United States…

The two-minute trailer for Nature Is My Teacher can be found here.

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Harnessing Nature’s Power: The Importance of Water Nature-Based Solutions in Addressing the Water Crisis

lake with dry land

Harnessing Nature’s Power: The Importance of Water Nature-Based Solutions in Addressing the Water Crisis

In recent years, the world has faced a growing water crisis, marked by increasing water scarcity, pollution, and unequal access to clean water. As populations expand, industries grow, and climate change exacerbates environmental challenges, the need for innovative solutions to manage and conserve water has become more urgent than ever. One promising approach gaining traction is the use of nature-based solutions (NBS) to address water-related issues.

Water nature-based solutions refer to methods that mimic or harness natural processes to manage water resources sustainably. These solutions leverage the inherent capabilities of ecosystems to purify water, regulate water flow, and enhance water availability. From wetlands and forests to green roofs and permeable pavements, NBS offer a range of tools to tackle various aspects of the water crisis.

One key aspect of NBS is their ability to enhance water quality. Natural systems such as wetlands act as natural filters, trapping pollutants, and purifying water before it enters rivers and groundwater reservoirs. By restoring and preserving these ecosystems, we can improve water quality, reduce the need for costly water treatment facilities, and safeguard public health.

Furthermore, NBS play a crucial role in mitigating the impacts of floods and droughts. Wetlands, floodplains, and natural vegetation serve as natural sponges, absorbing excess water during heavy rains and releasing it slowly during dry periods. By preserving and restoring these natural buffers, we can reduce the severity of floods, minimize soil erosion, and replenish groundwater supplies, thus enhancing resilience to climate change-induced water extremes.

In urban areas, incorporating NBS into city planning can yield multiple benefits. Green spaces such as parks, urban forests, and green roofs not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of cities but also help manage stormwater runoff, reduce the urban heat island effect, and improve air quality. Additionally, techniques like rainwater harvesting and decentralized wastewater treatment systems empower communities to become more self-reliant in water management.

The importance of water nature-based solutions extends beyond environmental benefits. These approaches offer cost-effective alternatives to traditional infrastructure, promote biodiversity conservation, and create green jobs and economic opportunities. Moreover, they foster community engagement and empower local stakeholders to actively participate in water governance and conservation efforts.

However, despite their potential, widespread adoption of NBS faces challenges such as limited awareness, policy barriers, and funding constraints. Addressing these hurdles requires a concerted effort involving governments, businesses, civil society, and academia to promote research, develop supportive policies, and invest in scalable NBS projects.

As we navigate the complexities of the water crisis, embracing nature-based solutions presents a sustainable pathway forward. By harnessing the power of nature, we can not only address immediate water challenges but also build resilience, promote biodiversity, and create healthier, more livable communities for generations to come. It’s time to recognize the importance of water nature-based solutions and work collaboratively towards a water-secure future.

Nature Is My Teacher tells the story of how innovative nature-based solutions like gabions and rock dams can successfully restore water flows to arid regions. For the last 40 years, Anna Valer Clark and Cuenca Los Ojos groundbreaking efforts, studied by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, demonstrate we can transform water scarcity into abundance.

Let’s protect and cherish our water resources, for they are the lifeblood of our planet and the cornerstone of sustainable development. 

Our Why

The looming water crisis threatens to displace billions of people worldwide, posing a significant global challenge. Current projections indicate that the world is heading towards a depletion of fresh water resources. However, there is hope for a brighter future that hinges on collective action.

Our initiative, Nature Is My Teacher, aims to spotlight the remarkable contributions of female environmentalists and activists who are spearheading efforts to rejuvenate watersheds along the Arizona-Sonora border. Through their dedication and innovative approaches, such as the use of gabions and rock dams, these individuals have successfully revitalized water flows in arid regions. Their groundbreaking work has caught the attention of scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey. Her strategic use of nature-based solutions has not only restored water access but also serves as a blueprint for transforming water scarcity into abundance. These low-cost, sustainable methods operate in harmony with nature, showcasing a viable path forward in addressing the global water crisis. Read More

Mar 26 | Join Us | Waters Of Change

We’re excited to participate in an intimate evening exploring Water in the American West at the luscious Now Instant Image Hall in Chinatown, Los Angeles.

​We will hear inspiring stories from the front lines of change and get an inside look the water systems sustaining Southern California.

​Our program will showcase climate related artworks by Lars Bergquist and feature a screening of the documentary short ‘Pipe Dreams’ by Los Angeles based Filmmaker Kyle Scoble.

​The 20-minute film follows J.B. Hamby’s 2020 campaign to win a seat on the Imperial Valley Irrigation Board as a 24 year old Stanford grad. Now 28, and Chair of the California Colorado River Board, he leads negotiations for California’s water rights claims on the declining river.

​Post screening, JB and Kyle will be joined on stage for a moderated panel discussion with Lee Alexanderson, Sr. Civil Engineer for Long Term Strategic Water Planning at Los Angles County DPW, and  Be Your Change Founder and Filmmaker Juliette Bouquerel.

​We’ll then move downstairs to the onsite speakeasy to sip on radically low carbon and regenerative craft cocktails by mixologist Eric Martin and mingle with a like minded community. We hope to inspire conversations and kismet.

​Due to very limited capacity this event is ticketed.

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Feb 29 | Join Us | The Night Of Ideas in Los Angeles

FEB 29 | NIGHT OF IDEAS | LOS ANGELES

Get a pick at Nature Is My Teacher upcoming trailer and listen to Rodrigo Sierra Corona, executive director of Borderlands Restoration Network and Anna Valer Clark, founder of Cuenca Los Ojos to learn about water and land restoration using ancient techniques. 

This year, Night of Ideas returns across 20 US cities. Leading thinkers, scientists, novelists, activists, and artists will engage with the theme “Outside the Lines” centering urban life and development, and raising questions about the impact of climate change, new technologies, gentrification, and social and cultural activism.

Dive into the heart of L.A.’s challenges!

From iconic landmarks to pressing social issues, Los Angeles pulsates with life. Join us as we tackle major contemporary challenges facing our beloved city, from sustainable development to inclusive communities.

Unleash your inner Olympian!

With the 2028 Games on the horizon, explore how sports shape our city’s identity. Engage with renowned researchers, artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs through dynamic discussions, workshops, and even one-on-one chats with the experts!

This is more than a conference, it’s an experience. Be part of the conversation that reimagines L.A.’s future!

  • Provocative keynotes that spark dialogues;
  • Roundtables where diverse voices collide;
  • Interactive workshops to ignite your passion;
  • Powerful performances that move your soul;
  • Unforgettable encounters with leading minds.

Villa Albertine is a cultural institution with the mission to deepen cultural connections between the United States and the French-speaking world through a shared exploration of arts and ideas.

Enjoy thought-provoking exchanges, performances, drinks and bites. Don’t miss this lively night of ideas – register at nightofideas.org!

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Apr 19 | Join Us | Healing The Earth: How To Bring Water Back to Barren Land and Sustain A Thriving Ecosystem

Join us on April 19th at New Roads School in Santa Monica, Los Angeles where Anna Valer Clark (founder of Cuenca Los Ojos) and Rodrigo Corona Sierra (Executive Director of Borderlands Restoration Network) will lead a day of presentation and conversation about Healing the earth: a journey from barren land to thriving ecosystems

And after 30, 40 years, it’s been more than 30 years now, the hills are becoming sponges, and we have water flowing everywhere. Anna Valer Clark

The work of these two extraordinary environmentalists reflect how interconnected relationships are vital for sustainability and thriving. Their work occurs in an intersectional treasure trove. Their organizations work at the border of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico (one of the most critical migratory corridors in the world for animals). Its focus is on restoring depleted lands and reintegrating water and wildlife.

Their messages carry hope for healing the planet. The habitat has also seen a revival of jaguars that have been reported on by National Geographic.

This event is part of New Roads School Earth Day Celebration including

Climate Changemaker Film Festival

Event Streaming on YouTube LIVE:
Friday, April 22 – 5:00-6:30 PM (PST)

New Roads School created the Climate Changemaker Teen Film online festival to give middle school and high school students (10-18 years old) a space to express themselves through short films that explore climate change-related topics or call-to-action films that inspire viewers to make a change.

This year, they have received over 206+ films from filmmakers around the world. 22 films were chosen from countries such as the United States of America, Argentina, Portugal, Italy, Australia, Ireland, Macedonia, Austria, and Brazil. 5 of those selected films are by New Roads animation students!

Winning films will be announced during the festival event.

 

How To Bring Life To Barren Land at the Museum of National History in Los Angeles

Valer Clark talks to a crowd about bringing life to barren land.

On February 2019, in Los Angeles, Anna Valer Clark was invited to talk to a captivated audience at The National History Museum for the Night of Idea organized by The French Consulate. Her panel was on how to bring life back to barren lands. She shared the work she did with her foundation, Cuenca Los Ojos.

Another Day With Valer Clark in Los Angeles

On January 30th,2019, I interviewed Valer Clark to gather information for my upcoming audio documentary coming out later this year; Nature is My Teacher. As usual, hanging out with Valer Clark was fun, moving, and inspiring!

This petite woman is full of energy and positive vibes. We talked about what she had done over the last few months at Cuenca Los Ojos, where the name of her foundation came from, and much more.

The Famous Radio Ranch

We read some extracts from a text by Rodrigo Sierra Corona, published in the book Perdido. Rodrigo was a student when he started camping on Valer’s land in Mexico and fell in love with the desert of Sonora. In his essay, he talks about Valer and Cuenca Los Ojos’ impact on his life (I cried!).

We discussed sustainable ranching, which made recording this interview at the Famous Radio Ranch Studio in Sherman Oaks very fitting, surrounded by pictures of cowboys and Native American families. Valer has also worked with Native American tribes, but you must listen to the documentary to learn more.

This studio is the perfect example of why I love Los Angeles. Despite gentrification, so many exciting places are out of the traditional path, reflecting the local culture that makes Los Angeles such an exciting city.

Thanks to Sandy

Our Sound engineer was Ajay Brahmandam.