For Immediate Release
Food & Water Watch-Sponsored Film Blue Gold Screens at Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C.
Documentary Presents Dangers of Corporate Water Control and Dwindling World Water Resources
WASHINGTON - Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, today sponsored a screening of Blue Gold: World Water Wars
at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. The new
award-winning documentary film exposes how corporate giants, private
investors and corrupt governments are vying for control of the world's
depleting fresh water supply. Food & Water Watch Board Chair Maude
Barlow and Executive Director Wenonah Hauter both appear in the film to
denounce corporate water privatization and offer solutions for
addressing world water shortages.
Blue Gold illustrates the ways in which pollution,
diversion, over-pumping and waste are exhausting the world's limited
fresh water supply and how agriculture, industry and population growth
are causing an increased demand for fresh water sources, setting the
stage for a new global conflict. The film also puts a spotlight on the
escalating worldwide trend towards water privatization and the ways in
which corporations, corrupt governments and Wall Street investors are
using water for economic and political gain.
"Blue Gold is not only a film about the consequences of
world water shortages," said Hauter. "It is an inspiring call-to-arms
that starkly illustrates what happens when this vital natural resource
ends up in the control of greedy profiteers."
Following the screening, Hauter and Sam Bozzo, director of Blue Gold,
talked to the audience about the film and the negative effects of water
privatization. They were joined by cast member Noah Conttrell, a
Michigan third grader who successfully protested and banned Ice
Mountain bottled water from his elementary school.
"When deciding whether or not to make this film, I ultimately
realized that we need to grant the water crisis the same attention we
do to global warming as both issues are coalescing to threaten the
future of the planet and its residents," said Bozzo. "Our seemingly
sole focus on global warming may be very short-sighted, as ultimately
global warming is an issue of ‘how' we live, whereas the water crisis
is an issue of ‘if' we live."
The screening of Blue Gold took place on Sunday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.
Food & Water Watch is a nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and by transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink.