Chicken Little is getting acid-rained on

Water. It’s the Earth’s most valuable resource. Our cities are powered by it, agriculture and other industries depend on it, and all living things need it to survive. But instead of treating it with care, we’ve allowed it to become polluted with toxic chemicals and agricultural and industrial waste. And it’s very possible that in the near future, there won’t be enough to sustain life on the planet.

That’s the synopsis for Last Call At The Oasis, a documentary. Goodness, what a bunch of alarmist hyperbole. True, more people than ever before don’t have access to clean drinking water, but it’s also true that more people than ever before *do* have access to clean drinking water (because the population of the planet is growing).

I think it’s good that alarmists like this exist, because without them we might not work as hard as we do to minimize our impact on the planet, but to say that it’s “…possible that in the near future, there won’t be enough to sustain life on the planet,” is extreme. Do they mean that some people will die for lack of clean water? That happens every day, and has been for thousands of years. Or do they mean that *all* people could die for lack of clean water? I’m happy to call BS on that. So do they mean that vast numbers of people could die for lack of clean water — like millions, or even billions? That seems like they’re just trying to entice me to drop $10 to argue with the screen in the theater.

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