Last Call At The Oasis

Connecticut Chapter

Sunday, January 27, 2013
Location: The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY 11:30 a.m.

With the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and other recent floods still fresh in our minds it is hard to imagine that we face a worsening global water shortage. Yet that is just what documentary producer Jessica Yu warns in her film "Last Call at the Oasis." Based on the book "The Ripple Effect" by Alex Prud'homme the production documents the challenges we face in maintaining a sustainable global water supply.

Although earth is composed of 70% water only .07% of it is fresh and potable. Scientists present graphic evidence of the depletion of water supplies caused by agricultural overuse, rampant development and global climate change.

The film has received glowing reviews in such newspapers as The New York Times which called it a "slick, informative, fast moving package."

Although it makes forays into Asia, the Mideast and Africa the film focuses on problems in the United States. It shows that the largest supplier of water in the country Lake Mead is only 40% full. Hoover Dam may have to stop producing electricity in less than four years. Environmental scientists point to water supplies contaminated by refuse from huge animal feed lots, by chemicals and drugs that cannot be broken down in sewage facilities and by pesticide runoff from agriculture.

Alex Prud'homme will be available after the screening to discuss his book and answer questions about the vital issues he and the film raise.

This program is primarily sponsored and funded by the Salisbury Forum. It is free and open to the public.

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