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Water: Blog Action Day 2010

posted by Nell Minow

I am proud to be a part of Blog Action Day 2010. This year, the issue is vitally important — water.

Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

Some great movies about water:

1. Oceans Huge, swooping creatures with bright speckles; shape transforming beasts that pounce and gobble up crabs; gelatinous monsters that glow; all this and more is captured in this stunning film.

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2. FLOW: For Love of Water This documentary finds a good balance between terrifying statistics, depressing images, talking heads, and hopeful suggestions.

3. Blue Gold: World Water Wars Corporate control of water puts the supply at risk for everyone.

4. Running Dry This film is so powerful it inspired the Senator Paul Simon Water Act for the Poor, which funds clean, safe water in areas that otherwise wouldn’t have it. It was based on the senator’s book, Tapped Out: The Coming World Crisis in Water and What We Can Do About It. There is a 2008 sequel, The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry? focusing on domestic water shortages.

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5. The End of the Line The catastrophic consequences of over-fishing are explored in this documentary, which comes with a pocket guide to help decide what to buy in grocery stores and restaurants.

  • http://twitter.com/davelucas Dave Lucas
  • http://mistdesigns.wordpress.com/2010/10/15/blog-action-day-2010-water/ Misty Marcum

    Nice post! Check out mine!

  • http://justb-byou.com/blog/2010/10/14/what-would-you-do-extra-4-hours-day/ Gisela Voss

    Oh, Nell. Your point #3 hit me right between the eyes on a recent trip to Kenya with Free The Children, an organization committed to bringing water to villages that need it most. If you have time, I offer my insights, as a woman and a parent, here: http://justb-byou.com/blog/2010/10/14/what-would-you-do-extra-4-hours-day/

  • Martin H. Simon

    Nell-
    Thanks for calling attention to Running Dry and the legislation that bears my father’s name. You know, the movie was inspired from his book “Tapped Out”, which is still available. Anyone interested in the world’s water crisis should check it out.
    Thanks,
    Martin H. Simon

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thanks so much, Martin. It was one of the great privileges and inspirations of my life to be a constituent of your dad’s when I lived in Illinois. And my parents considered him a treasured friend as well. I’ll put a link to the book in the post.

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