A Review on Blue Gold

Muhammad Faisal Jamil 2/4/2011

Blue Gold: World Water Wars is a documentary film concerned with power structures involved in the world¶s diminishing water supply, as well as further environmental consequences caused by these shortages. The documentary contains many facts of which I was previously unaware. For instance, power implications involved in private acquisitions of natural resources and misuse of land: buying lands for natural resources;foreign companies working for water purification but in reality making huge amounts of money by billing the common man; water meters in some African countries that chargeheavy water bills for water that never or scarcely ran through the taps; and multinational companies dumping their industrial wastes in the lakes and rivers. The movie opens with the story of a man who searched for gold walking for a week in the deserts in extreme hot weather without water and food. Afterwards he was found ruined and weakened by lack of water. This whole scenario looked so theatrical, but eventually as I watched the movie, I realized that water¶s absence is a slow but certain death. Thenarrator¶s descriptionsexpress the seriousness of the issue; I had not realized that this issue is such a big problem. Historically, wars have been fought for water, and civilizations have vanished; and in the past and present, people die of water borne diseases ± all this is so dreadful. I liked the feasible solutions for water restoration, for example, earth ditches, imposing heavy taxes on industries, filtration methods, trying to control factors responsible for global warming, International Treaty on theRight to Water.In particular, some feel that solutions rest with water remaining under public control.1 In relation to the field of chemistry, any type of water, whether rain, ground, or surface water, all are affected by the damage-causing variables in the environment, particularly industrial wastes and air pollutants. As soon as pollutants mix with water, their traces move throughout the whole water cycle with slight changes in their compositions, but still retaining the ability to deteriorate the health of living beings. Examples are Mercury, Hexavalent Chromium, Chlorofluorocarbons, and Carbon Dioxide. Mother Earth does its best to disintegrate maximum pollutants, but when the limits exceed it is almost impossible to fix these toxins in nature. And we the humans still have some time left to handle this dwindling reservoir before it¶s too late«

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http://www.blueplanetproject.net/documents/RTW_handbill.pdf

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