The average American uses 150 gallons of water per day. In the developing world, people are lucky to find five gallons and that water is often contaminated. The United Nations estimates that dirty drinking water kills about 500 children each day. Water is now the third largest industry in the world, right behind electricity and oil. But can anyone really own water? That's the question Salina investigates in her piece.
The award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"
Water is now a 400-billion dollar global industry, third behind electricity and oil. The documentary also covers the issues of bottled water versus tap water and the case of the enormous water bottler Nestle versus the citizens of Michigan. Nestle pumps hundreds of gallons of water a minute out of the ground in west central Michigan, does not pay for it and is making, according to the film, an estimated 1.8 million dollars a day in profits off that free water. To read Nestlé’s press release about Flow, click here.
Also from Edward's blog:
Many experts believe that water will become the oil
of the 21st century – a valuable commodity and the object of deadly wars. Clean, fresh water is becoming more and more scarce, while it also becomes more and more polluted. We literally cannot live without it
and people will do any-thing and give everything to obtain it.
- To learn about positive steps you can take,
- To see if Flow is playing near you, click here.
- To see the trailer for the film, click here.
- To read the article that inspired Irena Salina to make this documentary, click here.
What does this mean to birds? Birds all over the world are the “canaries in the mine-shaft”: small, live, detectors of something-gone-wrong. The caged birds were kept in mineshafts to let miners know when the air they were breathing had become poison…for whatever reason. When the birds exhibited distress…it was cause to leave the mineshaft! The quality of our water is so reflected by the birds who use it. The draining of wetlands or the lack of habitat is not the only problem…we are poisoning our water and the birds are suffering; again, they are harbingers of what is poisoning us. We must clean up our water!
More on this soon…