ITHACA, NY — The annual celebration of World Water Week at Ithaca College will feature informational tabling by campus organizations and the screening of a documentary examining the environmental and political implications of the planet’s dwindling supply of fresh water. All of the events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 19
7–9 p.m., IC Square, Phillips Hall
Campus offices and organizations that deal with environmental and sustainability topics will each have a table with information and an activity connecting their program to local and global water issues. There will be free food and prizes as well.
Among those taking part will be the Office of Civic Engagement, IC Environmental Society, Resource and Environmental Management Program, Bomber Bike Initiative, Media Alliance for People and the Planet, IC Take Back the Tap, Ithaca Dining Services, Net Impact and Frack Off.
Wednesday, March 20
8 p.m., Textor 101
“Blue Gold: World Water Wars”
The award-winning documentary follows numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases, U.N. conventions, and revised constitutions to violent revolutions and local protests at grade schools. The film highlights some success stories of water activists and makes a strong case for community action.
Since 1993, the United Nations has annually designated March 22 as World Water Day in order to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The Ithaca College events have been organized by IC Take Back the Tap, a student organization committed to illuminating the challenges that the bottled water industry poses for sustainability.
For more information on World Water Day, visit www.unwater.org/worldwaterday.