la soif du monde / a thirsty world - the new film by yann arthus-bertrand on the global water and sanitation crisis! i was lucky enough to see the premiere in marseille last week (at the rather disappointing world water forum), and it was fantastic. i almost liked it more than his last film, home.
i’m a huge fan of yann, ever since i stumbled upon his earth from above outdoor exhibition in london. a few years later i was also lucky enough to see the fantastic 6 milliards d’autres exhibition in paris. and now he’s involved in the same business i am!
today is world water day! one day out of the year to talk about the massive water, sanitation and hygiene crisis that kills 4000 children every day. that’s more than HIV, malaria, and measles combined!
the entire week, more than 360,000 people are joining walks for water to bring attention to this major environmental and health issue. if you’re in berlin, you can join us at 15:00 (fb event)!
when the water ends, a great 16-minute documentary on the water problems and conflicts people in eastern africa face with future climate change. these issues were also raised in machtfaktor erde- which i highly recommend watching (if you understand german).
machtfaktor erde. great two-part documentary on future problems through climate change, including water, resource wars, territorial conflicts, land grabbing, etc. this should also be subtitled in english; realizing how the world is experiencing changes and preparing for more should be a major call to action. climate change will be the underlying master challenge of the next century, and it was caused by our ‘economic’ activities that led us to exploit our planet with brutal force. even the IEA acknowledges that ‘the door is closing’.
a recent video exposing koch industries yet again as environmental polluters: you can actually see steam coming from the water that is downstream from their factory in arkansas. the video shows several people suffering from cancer, which they claim to be a direct result of the polluted water.
what’s even crazier is that david koch actually had cancer himself, and even funded a cancer research center. but to stop pollution and get rid of a major source of cancer in the first place would probably cut too deep into their profits.
in case you haven’t heard of koch industries, it’s because they make it their business to stay out of the spotlight (probably with good reason). however, they are among the major air polluters in the US, as shown by this university of massachusetts study. even bloomberg, a fairly conservative medium, exposed koch industries’ sketchy business practices, including making illicit payments to win contracts, trading with a terrorist state, fixing prices, neglecting safety and ignoring environmental regulations.
koch industries is also a major cimate change denier, which is understandable as their wealth stems from the oil business. to say that they have oiled the denial machine is quite an understatement; it’s more like they were involved in building it: