Focus On Water

By Liz Mestres

Desertification and declining access to potable water are central features of global warming and the worldwide environmental crisis. By 2030, a 40 percent global shortfall in a stable supply of good-quality fresh water is expected. The situation in San Miguel and the state of Guanajuato is even more pressing.

Film
Flow: For the Love of Water
Tue, Aug 9, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

Film
Untold History of the United States, part 6:JFK: To the Brink”
Tue, Aug 9, 4pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

Panel
“San Miguel’s Water Crisis”
Wed, Aug 10, 11am
Sala Quetzal
60 pesos

Film
13 Pueblos: In Defense of Water, Air, and Earth
Thu, Aug 11, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

On Tuesday we will screen Flow: For the Love of Water, Irena Salina’s award-winning investigation into the world water crisis. Nearly two million people die each year from water-borne diseases worldwide. The root causes of this crisis range from pesticide and chemical runoff to not having access to clean water. As of 2008, 70 percent of the world’s water was used for agricultural needs. With industrial agriculture comes heavy pesticide and chemical use. These chemicals flow into the river systems and alter ecosystems. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply. In 2008, the U.N. estimated that it would require funds of $30 billion a year to provide clean, accessible drinking water to the entire planet while in the previous year, the world spent $90 billion on bottled water.

Here in the state of Guanajuato, surface water is being depleted from overuse and deep groundwater is being pumped to the surface. This deep groundwater is more than 10,000 years old and has been in contact with subsurface volcanic rock which has increased its concentration of fluoride, arsenic, and sodium to unacceptable levels. This water is already being consumed in several communities of San Miguel, Dolores Hidalgo, and San Diego de la Union. Its use is spreading and is seriously affecting the health of the population. On Wednesday, Cesar Arias of the Charco del Ingenio, and Atahualpa Caldera Sosa of GAIA (Grupo de Acción Interdisciplinaria Ambiental), along with others, will discuss this situation and the struggles to find solutions.

On Thursday we will screen 13 Pueblos: In Defense of Water, Air, and Earth in which Mexican filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone tells the story of 13 Morelos villages and their struggle against environmental degradation from human misuse and industrial and commercial projects brought on by NAFTA.

We also continue the Oliver Stone series Untold History of the United States. This Tuesday we will screen and discuss episode 6, “JFK: To the Brink.” In it, Stone examines President Kennedy’s attempts for world peace as well as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the early years of the Vietnam War, and Kennedy’s assassination.

 

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