May 5, 2010

Clean Water Is A Basic Right, Right?

That’s what I thought. Check this out.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water.

The award-winning documentary Tapped recently embarked on an eco-aggressive 30-day/30-city cross-country tour to get Americans “Off the Bottle.” Kicked off on World Water Day (March 22nd) Tapped’s Producer Sarah Olson and Director Stephanie Soechtig collected pledges from people to reduce their bottled water use and traded empty plastic water bottles for reusable stainless steel bottles.

Director Stephanie Soechtig says, “1,500 bottles of water end up in landfills every second—that’s 30 million bottles of water a day! We wanted to show people just how much waste is generated by bottled water—so if that means we have to drive city to city to get the point across than that’s what we’ll do!”

My husband, who is very logical (totally the opposite of me, the creative ), calculated we toss enough disposable water bottles to, lined end to end, circle the equator every few days. Less than 20% are recycled. That’s just insane.

My son and I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie and Sarah when they were in Chicago and they were kind enough to donate bottles to any kid  in my son’s third grade class whose family signed the pledge. So far, more than half have already signed!

Purchase the DVD and Tapped will donate 10% to a water charity. Then loan it to friends, co-workers, neighbors, family to help spread the word: Water is a right.

The movie can also be downloaded from AMAZON or ITunes.

McReview. I watched this movie with my 3rd grade son and he finally comprehends bottled water’s negative impact—from the moment the water is pumped from the ground to the moment the empty bottle is disposed of. That it’s not just about how the industry impacts the environment, but his future health and well-being. As a parent, I want to protect him. I don’t want him to have to fight for drinking water and, ultimately, his—and his children’s—survival. Isn’t life challenging enough already? I urge you to watch this film with your family and then share it with as many others as you can.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional film reviewer.

Update: The UN recently declared clean water a basic human right. The U.S. abstained from voting (still trying to figure out why).

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