Blue Gold: World Water Wars

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Blue Gold: World Water Wars
In the documentary, Blue Gold: World Water Wars, it follows several people and countries world-wide in their fight for fresh water. The film exposes giant corporations as they bully poorer developing countries to privatize their own supply of fresh water. As a result of the privatization, corporations make a hefty profit while the developing countries remain poor. Blue Gold: World Water Wars also highlights the fact that Wall Street investors are going after the desalination process and mass water export schemes. This documentary also shows how people in more developed nations are treating the water with much disregard, and not taking care of our finite supply. We are polluting, damming, and simply wasting our restricted supply of fresh water at an alarming speed. The movie also recognizes that our quick overdevelopment of housing and agriculture puts a large strain on our water supply and it results in desertification throughout the entire earth. The film shows how people in more industrialized nations typically take water for granted, while others in less industrialized nations have to fight for every drop.
Blue Gold: World Water Wars’ main argument is that fresh water is a basic human right, and it should not be treated as a commodity; while investors are looking at water as the new oil. The world’s fresh water supply is unsustainable, only 3% of the earth’s entire water supply is fresh, and even less is actually drinkable for people. Blue Gold also points out a few reasons as to why this is happening. The movie argues that water privatization is one of the big culprits of our vanishing water supply. It points out that when water is being pumped into the desert for agriculture through water reloc...

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...ollution are depressing. Wetlands appear to be protected in the United States, but are still being destroyed by over development and pollution. I was a little shocked to see the amount of water the private water companies have bought rights to world-wide. I was even more shocked to learn the amount of water rights the private water companies had here in the United States. Many areas in the United States has outsourced our water to private companies already. Privatization is not just a problem abroad, it is also happening here at home. I believe the film would be a great tool to change people’s attitudes in the more developed nations that take water for granted. The visuals of people all over the world fighting for their basic right to something so simple, yet so paramount to living, such as water should make anyone take a second and think about what they are doing.

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