PhD student's blog on educational, humanitarian, and social justice issues.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Blue Gold: Global Water Crisis
Yesterday, I watched a documentary titled Blue Gold. It is about the global water crisis and how essentially, as a world, we are losing water. Water is being lost primarily because of 2 things: 1) private companies are purchasing water to sell to consumers, but on the cost of dehumanization of other people primarily in 3rd world countries; 2) the world is becoming overpopulated and so water essentially is not flowing into its proper places (i.e. oceans, rivers, lakes). The film also talked about issues of fresh water and salt water. Did you know that 97% of the Earth’s water is salt water? Most of the water that we think is fresh may be fresh and it may not be—and I don’t even want to think about the purity of tap water. Disgusting. Even in the water that is purified by such companies such as Coca-Cola (Dasani), Ice Mountain, & Aquafina, the source of the water may come from countries whose water is infested with a number of diseases, infectious bacteria, and all types of rubbish. Many countries (such as Mexico, Kenya, & Ghana) are protesting private corporations that are privatizing water because these countries 1) are not receiving a fair share of profits from the water 2) the theft of the water from these countries is usually involved in a battle 3) the citizens of these countries recognize the true agenda of the corporations.
This is not something that is hardly talked about in America. I wonder why. Often, when we think about water, we think about something that is good for our bodies. But I haven’t thought too much about the struggles that people experience in other countries about the attainment of water—something that we take for granted.
It’s a good movie to watch. Below is the film in its entirety. Please watch it.