Water is the basis of most life on earth and is a finite resource. At present water scarcity and pollution are the main issues.
Water consumption has increased sharply with a rising population, agriculture and industry. While some regions of the earth have a great supply, others have no or a very limited access to potable water. Beside health issues, water scarcity can be a reason for social conflicts as well as changes in ecosystems and biodiversity. A great amount of the water used is not consumed by the local population but exported in form of goods as "virtual water" - from clothes to computers, food and beverages. This further increases the pressure on areas where water is scarce. The water footprint can help determine how much water certain products consume and how the consumption of virtual water can be reduced.
The second issue - water pollution - has heavy effects on all aquatic environments. Beside being the main consumer of water worldwide, agriculture causes heavy water pollution through the run-off of fertilizers and pesticides. Find out more about the effects on oceans in that separate subject area.
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"
TappedIn our knowledge the best movie on bottled water! It doesn't just focus on one corporation but explains issues around PET bottles, their problematic production and (non-)disposal as well as global (un)democratic processes concerning potable water.
Bottled LifeBottled Life is focussing on the company Nestlé. But what is shown can easily be applied on other beverages companies. It's surprising to see the gaps between Nestlés own statements and the reality the filmmaker finds.
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!