About The Film
The global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. We can manage this problem, but only if we are willing to act now.is a powerful new documentary that shatters myths behind our most precious resource. This film exposes defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects and highlights individuals championing revolutionary solutions during the global water crisis. Firmly establishing the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world this century, the film posits that we can manage this problem if we act now.
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Change The Course
Participant Media has teamed up with National Geographic and Bonneville Environmental Foundation to create CHANGE THE COURSE, an innovative freshwater restoration campaign designed to redefine how we value, use and manage freshwater. Check out the campaign page to learn how you can conserve water and save the Colorado River, as well as other freshwater ecosystems.
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More Ways to Take Action
Here's how you can do your part to help manage the global water crisis.
- Check out "Not a Drop to Drink: America's Very Real Water Crisis", an infographic explaining the four major components of the water crisis and how they're all connected.
- Fix leaks. You’ll conserve hundreds of gallons of water a year and save on your utility bill as well.
- Support Trevor's Law, which would give assistance to communities facing "disease clusters" caused by contaminated water. Sign the petition today.
- Say ‘No’ to bottled water. It takes three times the water you’re drinking just to create the bottle. Plus, you’ll save money.
- Change your garden practices. More plants die from overwatering than underwatering. If you live in a dry community, try native plants instead of water-guzzling grass.
- Eat less meat, especially beef. It takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, more than three times that of chicken or pork.
- Choose products with the EPA’s WaterSense label, which indicates that a product is water efficient and is contributing to overall water conservation.
- You’ve got a trash can. Use it. Don’t throw your garbage in the toilet, which can use up to seven gallons of water per flush.
- Turn off lights when you’re not using them. A single 60-watt light bulb uses up to five liters of water for every hour it stays on.
- Understand the “hidden water” cost of what you do every day. Use National Geographic’s Water Calculator to test your true water footprint.
Buy the Book
Last Call at the Oasis, the Global Water Crisis and Where We Go From Here
Less than 1 percent of the world’s water is fresh and potable—and no more will ever be available. Thanks to pollution, global warming, and population growth, water access is poised to become today’s most explosive global issue. This book, based on the film Last Call at the Oasis by Academy Award®–winning director Jessica Yu, offers insights into the coming water crisis from visionary scientists, policymakers, activists, and environmentalists.
No resource on earth is more precious—or more endangered—than water. Last Call at the Oasis is a powerful tool for learning about the water challenges we face as well as the remarkable solutions available to us—if we have the will to use them.
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Clean Water America Alliance
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Food and Water Watch
Friends of the Earth Middle East
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Pesticide Action Network, North America
Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
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Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
Smithsonian Education Online Conferences
Sustainable Silicon Valley
University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling
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