Water is the basis of life on earth and a finite resource. At present, the issues surrounding water are it's scarcity and pollution.
Water consumption has increased sharply with due to growing population, agriculture and industry. While some regions of Earth have an abundance, many have limited access to potable water, in some cases none at all. Leaving aside the consequences of contaminated water on health, water scarcity can casue social conflict as well as dramatic changes in ecosystems and biodiversity. Much of the water is not consumed directly by the local population but used in the production of goods for export, from clothes to computers, food and beverages, so-called 'virtual water'. The water footprint can help determine how much water certain products consume and how the consumption of 'virtual water' can be reduced.
The second concern - water pollution - has heavy ramifications on all aquatic environments. Commercial agriculture is the largest consumer of water worldwide, as a result of run-off of chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides is causing of heavy water pollution. Other harmful industries include electronics, mining and oil. To learn more about oceans, visit the Oceans theme page.
Below you will also find several documentaries on the privatization of water sources.
Everything we think about regarding sustainability - from energy to agriculture to manufacturing to population - has a water footprint. Almost all of the water on Earth is salt water, and the remaining freshwater supplies are split between agricultural use and human use - as well as maintaining the existing natural environment. - Jamais Cascio
Our Film Tips on "Water"
TappedTo our knowledge the best film on bottled water! It explains the concerns surrounding PET bottles, their problematic production and (non-)disposal as well as global (un)democratic processes concerning potable water.
Bottled LifeBottled Life focusses on Nestlé, the "leading nutrition, health and wellness company". There is a clear discord between Nestlé's public statements and the reality uncovered by the filmmaker, Urs Schnell. The ideas presented can be easily be applied to other beverages companies.
More Films on "Water"
The Most Exciting Clips on "Water"
Indian Man Digs Up Own Well
Stuart Orr: Water - The Solvable Crisis
Virtual water transfers in the US producing a benefit to foreign nations
What Is My Water Footprint?
Our Water, Our Future
The story of bottled Water
Editorial Responsibility on "Water"
Katrin Consler, environmental engineer and artist is maintaining this subject area. In industrialized countries clean water is generally taken for granted and the effects of "virtual water" is ignored. I think it's important to take responsibility for the resources we use, especially when great parts of the world suffer under the consequences of our actions. I hope these documentaries inspire you to treat water with greater appreciation.
Do you know any movies on the subject water that aren't listed here? Do you have questions or comments? Please contact me by e-mail!