“a Drop of Life: Inside the Mounting Water Crisis.”

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Student's name: XX
Name of Guest Speaker: Shalini Kantayya
Date of lecture: 1st October 2013
Topic of lecture: “A Drop of Life: Inside the Mounting Water Crisis.”

The lecture by Shalini Kantayya (“SH”) highlighted the concerns over the water crisis as it is today, mainly water as a scarce/limited supply resource not being consumed efficiently, the hazards to health with the presence of dangerous chemicals in water, the difficulty faced by under-developed/ developing nations in obtaining drinking water and discussed the ethics of privatizing the supply of water - the ‘life-giving’ resource.

One of the key messages of SH was that Water is Life and being such a precious resource it cannot be commodified. This was effectively conveyed through her film “A Drop of Life”, shown during the lecture. The film depicts the everyday ordeal faced by people in remote under-developed villages to obtain drinking water and how the privatization of the water supply through a prepaid system can lead to sanitation and health problems and even result to death. I also felt that it was no coincidence that the Supplier of prepaid water featured in the film is an American corporation, which to me deplore the fact that Americans seek to control the world and through water life on earth!

SH also touched on many important facets of water utilization and management. I’m sure the lecture did stir the conscience of and prompt many of us to question whether we are consuming water efficiently. I certainly agree with SH that the water problem is not only restricted to the ‘others’. With the rapidly changing climatic conditions around the world and the growing world population, there is no guarantee that the water supplied in our home today will remain the same (be it in quantity and quality) in few years’ time. Studies and statistics tend to support the…...

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