MESYM Documentary Night #9: Blue Gold – World Water Wars

Please note that this event has been postponed to 17th December (instead of 10th December).

MESYM’s Documentary Night is held every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Everyone is invited to come hang out, watch a documentary, meet like-minded friends and take part in the discussion. Admission is free!

We are screening Blue Gold: World Water Warsa 2008 documentary film by Sam Bozzo, based on the book Blue Gold: The Right to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke. This film examines environmental and political implications of the planet’s dwindling water supply, and posits that wars in the future will be fought over water. The film also highlights some success stories of water activists around the world and makes a strong case for community action.

We have also invited Water Resources & Environmental Management Consultant & Trainer Dr Lee Jin to comment on the film and lead the post-film discussion. Dr Lee Jin has work experience as a civil engineer, lecturer in a university, specialist water resources and environmental management consultant, information management specialist, technical workshop organiser, facilitator and trainer. He has also taken senior executive honorary positions in environmental and water resources NGOs in Malaysia, including UNDP’s Cap-Net, MyWP – Malaysian Water Partnership and ENSEARCH.

About Blue Gold: World Water Wars

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In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth.

Corporate giants force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit. Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain. Military control of water emerges and a new geo-political map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars.

We follow numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, “This is our revolution, this is our war”. A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?

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