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Oct 15, 2021

As climate change, wildfires, and decades-long megadroughts continue to ravage once-vibrant parts of our planet, humanity is experiencing an overdue reckoning about our most precious resource: water. Enter director Jessica Yu and her film Last Call at the Oasis, a documentary that firmly establishes the urgency of the global water crisis as the central issue facing our world in the 21st century. The film illustrates the paramount role that water plays in our lives, exposes the defects in how we currently manage water, and highlights communities already struggling with polluted water, poor water management, and unyielding drought.

Featuring activist Erin Brockovich, several respected water experts, and social entrepreneurs championing revolutionary solutions, the film posits that humanity can address this problem if we are willing to act now. The future of our planet, and our species, hangs in the balance.

Originally published in February of 2012.

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