A typical individual uses 500 litres of water each day but the daily need for sanitation, bathing, cooking and consumption is approximately 50 litres per person per day.
More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet. Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets.
These were just some of the startling facts which were highlighted during the Film Festival on Water organized by Bakul Foundation in association with One Drop. The event started at 10 am with “Reflections on water” – where invited dignitaries gave their opinions on water security and conservation.
This was followed by screenings of highly acclaimed films like Blue Gold,Water Business is Good Business,River Taming Mantras.
The movie which stole the limelight was RANGO – a story of a chameleon who brings water back to the town of DIRT. The movie was an instant hit with students and adults alike. Rango was attended by the students of SAI International who were concerned about the adverse conditions in which people without the lack of safe water are living in.The movie was a subtle way of spreading the message about the importance of safe drinking water for our survival.
The biggest contribution of the film festival was it helped in breaking some common myths about water. we have always heard that the Third World War would be fought over water but we are are barely exposed to serious drinking water problems in certain areas of our city.
Water: we once thought it was an endless natural resource. Now we know better.
Photos Courtesy : Debi Prasad Sahu.
Debi Prasad Sahu is an avid photographer and film-maker.