Nature doesn't need people. People need nature. These are the words behind 'Nature is Speaking', the latest educational push from renowned non-profit organisation Conservation International. The series of short films casts A-list celebrities like Julia Roberts, Edward Norton, Harrison Ford and most recently The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somherhalder (pause for a brief swoon) as the 'voices' of the natural world.

"I have fed species greater than you and I have starved species greater than you ... Your actions will determine your fate. Not mine," says Roberts in her haunting portrayal of 'Mother Nature'. "Here's an idea ... stop killing me," adds Somerhalder as 'Coral Reef'.

The project aims to redefine the way we think about conservation and to remind today's youth that, ultimately, saving our resources is about saving ourselves. "We thought the idea of giving nature a voice, nature having been around billions of years longer than humans, might make it clear to all of us that the planet will evolve with or without humans. It's our choice," explains creative director Lee Chow.

The result serves as a mirror, reflecting our relationship with the various facets of nature in a beautifully memorable way – we've picked out some of our favourites, but you can catch the full series and behind-the-scenes videos here!

Top header image: Patrick Metzdorf, Flickr