Saturday, August 16, 2014

'Tapped': Student sustainability video festival 23

I promised an entry about "Tapped" in 'No Impact Man': Student sustainability video festival 22 and a conversation with The Archdruid.*  I'm a day late, but here it is, another trailer and review of a movie one of my students viewed and summarized for extra credit.

First, the Tapped Trailer.

Tapped is a film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
I'm glad to see Charles Moore, who plays a starring role in the videos included in Student sustainability video festival 11: Great Pacific Garbage Patch and Student sustainability video festival 18: Great Pacific Garbage Patch, again.  Without him, the story of plastic water bottles would be incomplete.  Also, one of the points the movie makes is that bottled water is just filtered tap water.  That's something I tell my students every semester.  If they're drinking Daisani or Aquafina, they're drinking filtered Detroit City water.  The joke's on them, they've paid for it twice.

Next, Discovery News presents its review in Screening Room: Is Bottled Water Better Than 'Tapped'?

If you buy bottled water, the expectation is that you're getting the purest water out there-- far better than what comes out of your tap. In this week's DNews Screening Room, Trace reviews "Tapped," answering once and for all- is bottled water any better?
Michigan has a 97% return rate on bottles and cans.  That's a fun fact I can share with my students to show that what they do does matter.

As for the movie Trace says is up next "How to Survive a Plague," I embedded it in AIDS: The pandemic in our midst along with videos and stories from KPBS about World AIDS Day.  Happy surfing and viewing!

Stay tuned for videos from previous semesters as well as top videos from this semester.

*This became a hit with 180 page views in 24 hours and nearly 200 page views now.  It's still the most read entry during the past 24 hours.  May this entry be so popular.

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