The Story of Bottled Water, employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over 5 minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.
The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.
According to a recent study in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine minority parents consume bottled water more often than white Americans and this has become a topic of discussion now. I wondered about these claims when I saw the post Why Minorities Love Bottled Water on theroot.com. Do minorities love bottled water? Who are we considering minorities? Continue reading →
The Nation of Islam has partnered with an organization called the Ezili Danto’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network and the Haitian army to donate a 3o,000 gallon-per-day water purification system to aid in Haiti’s recent cholera outbreak. According to Defend Haiti the first of 2 purification units were Continue reading →
It’s unfortunate that many people think of human society as being separate from, or above, nature. In reality, we are part of it. This means that the actions humans take, specifically the ones which are contributing to climate change, not only negatively effect our natural environment, but also effect our society and the way individuals and nations interact with one another. One of these interactions between nations as a result of climate change is an increased threat of war. Continue reading →
With climate change comes a plethora of associated problems, one of which is access to clean drinking water. According to the World Health Organization, there are 46-57 million people who are exposed to arsenic levels in drinking water that are higher than the “safe” amount of 0.01mg/L. In eastern Indian and Bangladesh, individuals have been drinking well water containing six times the “safe” amount of arsenic. If you continue drinking this water, cancer is the unfortunate outcome. Continue reading →