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Award-winning documentary carries Earth Month into third week

As part of Ohio University's annual Earth Month celebration, "Flow: For Love of Water" premiered Wednesday in Baker Theater. The award-winning documentary focuses on the world's dwindling water supply and its impact on politics, pollution and people.

"It's a very powerful eye opener about a lot contemporary issues with the corporate privatization of water. I think it opened a lot of people's eyes and probably changed some perspectives," said sophomore psychology major Ben Bushwick, who was instrumental in bringing the film to campus.  

As an intern with the Office of Sustainability, Bushwick said he hopes to bring water issues to the forefront of OHIO's environmental scene. By raising awareness, he aims to eventually inspire a ban of bottled water within the University markets.

"Within the lifetime of people in my generation, there is a very likely chance that blood will be shed over the procurement of clean water in some parts of the world," Bushwick said. "It is a huge environmental issue."

Educating students on natural resource depletion is a key driver of this year's Earth Month celebration, hosted by the Office of Sustainability.

Throughout April, community and University organizations are sponsoring workshops, speakers, films and festivals that explore energy – the theme of Earth Month 2012. Events are open to the public, and all are free, with the exception of the 30-Mile Meal Discovery Day lunch workshop on April 25.

This week, be sure to check out:

  • Lunch and Learn with Jeff Wilson at noon April 17 in Baker 235
  • "Virtual Geology & Planetary Secrets" at 5 p.m. April 18 in the Front Room
  • "Mackin' on Local Foods" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 18 in Mackinnon Hall's basement
  • Family Science Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Clippinger Laboratory
  • "Permaculture Basics for Small Spaces" (part three) on April 22 at the OHIO Ecohouse. RSVP required.

For more information on Earth Month 2012, including a complete list of events, visit www.ohio.edu/sustainability/index.html or the Office of Sustainability's Facebook page.