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Last Call at the Oasis Review

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I thought that this film was very good overall. It really makes you think about the global water crisis on more than just one aspect. You get to see the crisis from multiple perspectives and it shows you how complex the problem actually is. The movie had a couple of key points that really drove it home for me.

The first was that this crisis still isn’t known about in some societies. The lack of education on this subject was astounding. It also was surprising to learn that the EPA’s hands are tied in most situations. As a citizen of this country I always put too much faith in our government system and it was surprising to see that the system has failed so many people. I hope that a solution and some more progress can be made in order to give these communities some sort of justice for their burdens. I liked that the movie touched on the precautionary principal that the UN has in place and how the US has a completely opposite approach to water. The private and self regulated industry really puts a false sense of security on people that I never really noticed before.

I also find it interesting that people are increasingly scared of their tap water when in most cases it is more heavily regulated than the bottled water they spend so much money on and waste. One of the main areas of study I hope to go into was addressed in this film; how do you “regain” public trust in the water system? Why has it become such a psychological issue for Americans to drink tap water? I really like the idea of using recycled water because I think that it is one of the many ways we can help to reduce our impact on the environment.

Some environmental justice topics were addressed in this film as well. For instance we are all familiar with the injustices and burdens felt by the agricultural families of the Midwest. A lot of these small towns are experiencing an overhaul of their entire way of life because either industry has taken over and is polluting the water supply or there isn’t enough water to make a profit off of the land anymore. Future generations were also addressed in this film with the concern of a grandmother for her grandchildren’s safety. It turns out that their water is contaminated with chromium which is extremely carcinogenic and harmful to developmental stages of children’s lives. This grandmother wanted to fix their water supply so that their grandchildren could live there and have an opportunity to live in a town they grew up in. Las Vegas’ situation also presents an environmental justice issue because they are running out of water from the Hoover Dam reservoir and they are proposing to build a giant pipeline to take a small town of 50 people’s water supply. When/where does it stop? The final environmental justice topic that I noted was in the Jordan river where it has extreme religious significance to multiple religions and it is one of the most polluted and affected rivers in the world. Because of the water’s significance you would think that there would be more regulations because it affects so many people, but people are still going there to be baptized in this extremely dangerous water.

Overall I liked the film; however, I wish it would have touched on more solutions that people could implement and start doing. I’d like to see a follow up film that talks about solutions that will work instead of just disproving why certain solutions don’t work. The film was very well put together and tied everything together nicely while providing a different and more comprehensive perspective. I hope that more people are able to view films like this.

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