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BLUE GOLD REFLECTION

BLUE GOLD REFLECTION

I attended the screening of Blue Gold for the extra credit assignment last Thursday and I thought overall the movie was very effective at describing the world water crisis. However, I would like to point out that this movie seems as though it is only the initial flame and that a more comprehensive and solidified view of this problem could provide some lighter fluid to the fire. I felt that while touching on key issues like the inevitable water wars and the issues of privatization are important and are done well in this video; that the solutions presented are not fully developed. This leaves the viewer in a state of mind that there is little hope. This video was good for people who do not have previous knowledge of the water rights issue and it could be very effective for getting people talking about the water crisis and possible solutions. I would like to see a more updated follow-up video that discusses what we as civilians can do to help lessen the effects of the global water crisis.

Some key aspects of the movie that I thought were genius to touch on was the fact that this water crisis is a new form of colonialism. This means that this problem is not just in the global south, it is spread through all different geographies at different scales by different corporations. For instance, Coca Cola in Mexico displays the corruption to their government to provide exorbitantly priced water because it benefits industry. Another point that really struck home was how water is now a virtual commodity and is being sold on the stock market because industry and governance of this “product” has become a lucrative “commodity” instead of a life necessity. A third point that caught my attention and that I think could help to expand on the argument is the thought that this is a social and behavioral problem. For example, desalination has often been thought of as a solution for richer countries, but this alternative just puts a band-aid on the real problem that we waste too much of our valuable resources. Furthermore, these projects that seem to be a quick fix have taken away people’s humanness, their livelihood, and their capabilities.

Overall I thought that this film was good and you can clearly see that Barlow believes privatization of water is not the answer. She furthermore goes on to express the idea of the human right to water and how people should be their own “water guardians”. I think this expands on Bakker’s notion to water democracy. If a follow-up film could be made up about water democracy and justice as a solution to the water crisis, I think people will find that there is still hope and that a solution (albeit a mixed and complex one) can be found.

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