Friday, September 7, 2012

Aqua, por favor.

Last night Jared and I went to see this movie at SunRay Cinema. It's a documentary on the world water crisis. The scientists interviewed were thoughtful and clear. Most of them looked like someones dad or grandma. I think a lot of people get really puffed up and defensive when anything about "environmentalists" comes up. To me, these people are the messengers of fact. There's no point in ignoring what they have to say or claiming they don't care about people. They do care about people! That's why they devote their lives to this planet; to help more people!

The most fascinating thing I find about the water crisis is the fact that even the "clean" water we drink every day is full of chemicals. When babies are born, scientists have found over 200 outside chemicals in their cord blood! Don't get me started on what can now be found in breast milk. All of the medication and pesticides and run off from car washes--everything goes into the sewers and streams and rivers and oceans and it doesn't leave. We are drinking everything from birth control to miracle grow. 

If you get a chance, go see this movie. You may learn something new, you may be inspired, you may feel deeply depressed, but hopefully you will see it as an issue that effects us all. There are lots of things we can do: buy water efficient toilets and shower heads, embrace a slightly toasted yard, use natural cleaning products, buy local fruits and vegetables from the farmers market, turn off lights, unplug appliances, drink from the tap! I'm not gonna go all Erin Brockovich on y'all (yes, she was in the movie), but I do find things like this fascinating.

On a lighter note, even if you don't want to go see this movie, you should still check out SunRay! They play a great mix of old, new, indie and mainstream movies. We've seen a few documentaries, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and tonight, we'll be going to The Intouchables. Not only can you support local business, but you can munch on fresh house-made pizzas, nachos and other treats while watching. Oh, and they have street fighter and ms. pacman in the lobby.

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