September 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Film: Climate Change and Water, Sept. 19

Ohio University’s Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics, in coordination with OHIO’s Common Experience Project on Sustainability, is running a free documentary film series, “Ethics for Earth: Climate Change and Water,” which continues Thursday, Sept. 19, with a screening of the film Blue Gold (Directed by Sam Bozzo, 2008, 89 minutes) from 6 to 8 p.m., in Scripps 111 (next to Alden Library, across from the Baker Center).

Blue Gold documentary

Blue Gold documentary

The film screening is hosted by Institute Director Dr. Alyssa Bernstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the College of Arts & Sciences, who will moderate discussion among interested attendees after the screening. Topics of discussion will include this week’s Great Ohio River Relay, sponsored by the Wheeling Water Warriors.

Blue Gold (2008) is an award-winning documentary about the growing scarcity of fresh water and the increasing control of water supplies by corporations. Privatization of water has led in some cases to higher rates of consumption and depleted supplies; it has also led to poorer residents paying more for water than their richer neighbors. The film shows people in many parts of the world fighting for the right to water, by means of court cases, protests at grade schools, violent revolutions, U.N. conventions, and other legal and political actions. It also offers proposals for corrective legislation, lobbying, and citizen environmental action.

“In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth,” says the film’s website. “Corporate giants force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit. Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain. Military control of water emerges and a new geo-political map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars.”

Watch the trailer for Blue Gold:

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