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'Blue Gold' documentary screening to be held Nov. 10

November 04, 2011

Michelle Cantos

The Syracuse University Sustainability Division will host a “zero-waste” showing of the award-winning documentary film “Blue Gold: World Water Wars,” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Watson Theater in the Menschel Media Center. Admission is free and open to the public; moviegoers should use the Waverly Avenue side building entrance.

 “Blue Gold” follows the privatization of water in developing countries and describes the increasing military control of this vital natural resource. The documentary also includes various examples of people around the world who are fighting for their right to access water. The film suggests that in the future wars will be fought over water, comparable to fighting over oil today.

The world's fresh water supply is becoming scarce as we pollute and waste away one of our most precious and limited resources. “Blue Gold,” based on the book by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke (New Press, 2003), enlightens viewers about the rapidly approaching world water crisis and this life-sustaining resource’s entrance into the global marketplace and political arena.

The screening will be a “zero-waste” event and attendees are encouraged to bring their own “mess kits” (Tupperware, reusable silverware, reusable water bottles, etc.) to eat snacks, which will be provided by the Sustainability Division.

“We are aiming to create zero trash at this event,” says Hannah Morgan, Sustainability Division research intern.

Throughout the academic year, the Sustainability Division will be holding several events to create awareness about sustainability and water conservation. On Nov. 14-16, a water bottle display will be showcased between the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. On Nov. 15, there will be a notebook-making tutorial at E. S. Bird Library.

The “Blue Gold” screening is a part of the Sustainability Division’s recycling campaign. Students who would like to become involved with the recycling campaign should contact Morgan at Students who wish to become more involved with sustainable issues on campus should contact Brooke Wears at

For more information about sustainability visit the Sustainability website, follow @SustainableSU on Twitter, and check out the Syracuse University Sustainability Facebook page.

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