The importance of water is great among all areas of the world. From third world countries dealing with the issue of accessing clean water to California suffering from a severe drought, each nation has dealt or is dealing with the water crisis. 70% of the world is composed of water; 2.5% of the water is freshwater, but only 1% of the freshwater is easily accessible (National Geographic). Many people are aware of the lack of accessible freshwater, but many do not know of the severity of the water crisis. I may not speak for everyone, but I know that I did not take to heart the issues of the water crisis, until watching the documentary FLOW: For the Love of Water.
The documentary discusses the world water crisis, focussing on the issues of water-borne diseases, the lasting effects on ecosystems from contaminated water, and the privatization of water infrastructure. Before watching the movie, I was aware of the fact that not all of the world had access to clean water, but I was unaware of how people are withholding clean water from third world countries because they cannot afford it. I understand that clean water is a business where people must make a living, but I think water companies should be concerned and sympathetic to those who are suffering from disease due to having no choice but to drink unsanitized water.
The film opened my eyes to the negative facts that large companies tried to hide. Nestle and Coca Cola are both large companies that I have indeed, spent my money on. Watching the film made me feel very guilty, because I felt like I indirectly, contributed to the water crisis. Many people argue that they are taking what belongs to the people and reselling it to the citizens. Although I do believe that water is a right, I think that having water sanitized is a privilege that must be payed for, but everyone should have the privilege to access it. Water companies should come together to help third world countries obtain clean water without the expense.
I think that the film is trying to send a message to its audience about how we must take a stand to help the water crisis and educate people about real world problems. Although the documentary did target major water companies, I feel like the major goal was to inform the public and urge the companies to improve their habits (which they did.) I think that the documentary left viewers with an overall different view of the water crisis, and truly does bring light to the importance of water shortage, environmental impacts, and places that cannot afford sanitized water.
Society, National Geographic. “Clean Water Crisis, Water Crisis Facts, Water Crisis Resources – National Geographic.” National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2016.