Movie Review Last Call at the Oasis – “Cockroached Water”?

I watched the movie “Last Call at the Oasis” last night with famous activist Erin Brockovich.  
I had no idea it was opening night, I was just passing by the Landmark Sunshine theater on my way home and decided to pop in.  The author of the book “The Ripple Effect”, Alex Prud’homme, was there and gave a quick talk before the movie started and I got a free copy of the soundtrack. Bonus!

Some of the highlights:

  • Lake Mead is declining by 10 feet per year due to our water usage
  • Amphibians exposed to chemicals sprayed on crops turn into hermaphrodites
  • The 10-year drought in Australia is due to climate change, in other words, it’s not temporary.  Farmers are frequently taking their own lives.
  • The water fountains in Vegas use 3% of the city’s water supply, despite the fact that they are running out of water.
  • Of the more than 80,000 chemicals used in the United States, only 5 are regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act
  • In several countries there are already “water wars”; the US not far behind
  • Erin Brockovich gets contacted more than the Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Central Valley in California is in trouble.  They are artificially pumping water into dry lands just to grow crops, creating a deficit
  • It takes 1,800 gallons of water to product 1 pound of beef!
  • $11.2 billion / year bottled water industry in US
  • 45% of the bottled water sold in the US originates as tap water

I was a little surprised that they discussed the “ripple effect” and the solution to recycling water was to treat waste water – and …. to re-bottle it!

It’s ALL about marketing.  They made their point.  Americans fall prey to marketing, therefore why not have Jack Black drink from the “Porcelain Springs” and everyone else will do it.  It works.  But, if FORTY-FIVE PERCENT of bottled water is currently coming from tap water, why do we even have bottled water?  2 million plastics bottles are consumed in the US every five minutes, causing plastic toxins to be released in our bodies and in our oceans, and in turn, our fish.

Talk about the ripple effect!  I looked for Alex after the film but he had already gone.

Less than 1% of the water in the world is potable, and desalination of salt water is too expensive.  There are already 14,000 desalination plants in the world (wow!).  Are plastic bottles okay because it’s the oceans we are polluting?

Obviously, our drinking water isn’t currently safe, bottled or not – not sure if the title of this article is what bothers me most “Debating How Much Weed Killer Is Safe in Your Water Glass” (What do you mean how much?) or the fact that they called it a “gender bender”.

I’m contacting Erin Brockovich.

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