“More than 2 million people die every year from waterborne illnesses. Most of them are children under 5 years of age.” —Flow: For Love of Water, 2008
After learning of the negative effects of fluoride, I followed up on my curiosities about water with the following delicious documentaries (see trailers below) and finished it off with a cherry-on-top water series called Toxic Waters by the New York Times on how the Clean Water Act isn’t quite so clean.
Gasland: The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. After drilling, residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. The husband and I currently live near quite a few of these natural gas drilling sites and its rather alarming to think all of this could be on its way to our local waterways…something to look forward to.
PBS FRONTLINE: Poisoned Waters: Frontline examines the rising hazards to human health and eco-system via our polluted and deteriorating waterways.
A Few Fun Tidbits From the Movie Flow:
- Water Systems around the world that essentially own all of the world’s water: Thames Water, Suez, Vivendi
- Water is a $400 billion industry.
- Rocket fuel is in our public water supply.
- Crops in India are inefficient because of chemicals—up to 10% more water is necessary because of this.
- Bottled water is not regulated
- FDA doesn’t know what’s in it
- $100 billion being spent on bottled water per year
- Top brands of water are not necessarily better for you than tap water and is far less regulated
- $1.8 million per day is made by Nestle by bottling spring water in Michigan
Blue Gold: World Water Wars: An interesting to peek into the often nasty politics of world water resources and needs.
Not to dissuade you from seeing any of these documentaries—its important to be informed—but as intriguing as these are, some left me down right depressed. These worldwide water problems seem so overwhelming that it appears futile to even attempt to convince legislature and deep pockets that being a good steward of our natural resources is a practical idea in the long run.
Instead of trying to fix everything at once, I resolved to simply start with my family’s consumerism. I can put my dollars where they will make the most impact. See my next post in the micro series on water to find out the straw that finally broke the camel’s back.
Image via Gasland