On Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, a packed house of moviegoers attended the premiere of Last Call at the Oasis, an eye-opening documentary about the global water crisis.
Director Jessica Yu features revolutionary changemakers in the film, including Erin Brockovich and internationally recognized water expert Peter Gleick.
At the Q&A following the screening, both advocates shared their thoughts on water shortage, water quality and what Americans can do to tackle the impending crisis head on.
Everybody has got to give a little.
We have to make this a situation where government agencies, communities and companies have to collectively make a decision that will protect your water, your public health and your safety.... Everybody has got to give a little, and this will never ever happen if people don’t start standing up and seeing that there is an issue.
There are things each of us can do from replacing our inefficient toilets to buying less bottled water and carrying around refillable water bottles. There are things that can be done by everyone—if we pay attention to water—and I think that’s the good news here.
We waste a lot of the water we already have. If we were more efficient, if we cut down on leaks, if we used smart appliances, if we priced water properly, I think a lot of the demand for ever distant water would dry up.
To band together as a community is one of the most important things you can do.
It’s not just one person in the community that has to stand up; it’s got to be the whole community that stands up, and then they begin to pay attention. To band together as a community is one of the most important things you can do.
After the film, moviegoers anxiously took the reusable water bottles that were handed out and chatted about our dwindling water supply.
One moviegoer said she had no idea the situation was so severe. Another said he was going to go home and “change his water habits.”