Blue Gold: A Documentary, screening and World Water Day Discussion

March 23, 2010 - 1:00am

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The documentary screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Ricardo Acuña of the Parkland Institute.


Based on the ground-breaking book by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, Executive Produced by Mark Achbar (The Corporation) and Si Litvinoff (The Man Who Fell to Earth), narrated by Malcolm McDowell, BLUE GOLD: WORLD WATER WARS sheds light on the world’s rapidly approaching water crisis and suggests that wars of the future will be fought over water, as they today over oil, as the source of all life enters the global marketplace and political arena.

The world’s fresh water is disappearing. As we pollute and waste away our very limited supply, corporate giants are working to make the building block of our globe a commodity, privatizing developing countries’ fresh water. In the midst of this, military control of water is rising, setting the stage for world water wars. This international award-winning film follows various examples of people fighting back against the powers that be - from grade school protests to court cases to revolutions. As the specters of drought and death loom, the film finds people willing to risk everything for their right to water, their right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive?

This event is part of World Water Week in Edmonton

There will be events throughout the week, along with tabling on campus, including taste testing bottled water vs tap water, information on groups involved in World Water Week and ways to get involved in water issues.

Other events:

Tuesday, March 23, 7:00pm
Screening of two short films, with discussion: Downstream and Our Land, My People
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Wednesday, March 24, 7:00pm
Alberta Water Markets Workshop
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Thursday, March 25, 6:30pm
International Water Issues Panel Discussion
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Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC) E1 - 007
University of Alberta (East of 116 Street, between 91 Avenue & 92 Avenue)
Edmonton , AB