water Program

EcoChat: Newark High Schoolers React to New Water Film

On a recent April morning, 250 science high school students filed into the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey to see a preview of the soon-to-be released water documentary Last Call at the Oasis. Produced by Participant Media, makers of An Inconvenient Truthand Food Inc., the film covers the global water crisis.  The movie explores topics like arid Las Vegas’s water management, water pollution caused by factory farms and wastewater recycling (less glamorously known as ‘toilet-to-tap' water) as a solution to water scarcity.

Fellow Ecocentric blogger, Kai Olson-Sawyer, was there and participated on a post-screening panel. In today’s podcast, I talk to him about the takeaways from the documentary and the students' reactions. You can listen to the six-minute interview by clicking on the audio player (above left) or by downloading the podcast. Or you can read our conversation below or download a PDF of the transcript here.

Last Call at the Oasis opens in Los Angeles and New York City this Friday, May 4th; more cities and screens will follow. Click here to watch the trailer, and to see how you can actively participate in the water-related campaign, click here.