Telluride Mountain Film Festival Announces “H2O” Theme


- Advertisment -

Water Crisis Focus of Moving Mountains Symposium at Telluride Mountainfilm

Full day of expert presentations, panels place spotlight on water

The historic mountain town of Telluride, Colorado will be the site of a confluence of leading experts from around the world who will share insights and solutions to the global fresh water crisis as the Moving Mountains Symposium on Water kicks off the 30th Annual Telluride Mountainfilm next May.

“There will likely be no more pressing resource issue in this century than the scarcity of fresh water,” says Mountainfilm Executive Director Peter Kenworthy. “The growing global fresh water crisis may well become the greatest threat ever to survival of the planet.”

Experts from diverse fields will address water-related issues at the day-long, interactive Moving Mountains Symposium, a signature feature of Mountainfilm. “Mountainfilm prides itself on being solution-oriented,” Kenworthy says. “So, we’re not just about highlighting the issues and advertising the dangers. There is a crisis, yes, but crisis and opportunity, as the Chinese have always believed, go hand in hand. So we will definitely try to shine a light on the way ahead and on how ordinary people can help save the world’s precious water supply.”

Water scarcity and water pollution are very real and very scary realities, Kenworthy asserts. “More people chasing less water will inevitably lead to destabilizing social, political and economic impacts. Throw into this mix the rapid privatization of water supplies and services, with multinational corporations increasingly determining who gets water and at what price, with water resource management based on increasing consumption and maximizing profits rather than sustainability or equal access, and a disturbing picture becomes even worse.”

Statistics in support of Kenworthy’s contention are compelling:

Over one billion people worldwide have no daily immediate access to clean drinking water.
Half the world’s population, some three billion people, has no sanitation services.
90 percent of waste water in the Third World is discharged, untreated, into local streams
and rivers.
Water borne pathogens and pollutants kill 25 million people annually.
Every eight seconds a child dies from drinking contaminated water.
Per capita water consumption is expanding at twice the rate of human population growth.
Billions of pounds of industrial weed and bug killers and trillions of dollars worth of
chemicals degrade water systems every year.
Major rivers around the world, including, locally, the Colorado, are so dammed, diverted
and overtapped that little or no fresh water reaches its final destination for significant
stretches of time.

“Water is fundamental to life – it’s Nature’s lifeblood,” says Kenworthy. “And yet, in addition to largely taking it for granted, we are depleting it and degrading it at a frightening rate.”

Expanding industrial farming, manufacturing and mining around the world is straining water resources tremendously while simultaneously producing unprecedented amounts of seriously polluted surface and groundwater. Plastic bags, produced by the trillions every year, litter the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, clogging drainage systems and killing aquatic life. Water-dwelling wildlife have become living toxic-waste carriers.

America’s premier showcase for independent films dealing with world cultures, adventure and the environment, Mountainfilm takes place every Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colo. The 30th annual festival will begin with the Moving Mountains Symposium on Water on May 23rd and continue through May 26th, 2008 with a host of activities, events and leading independent films from around the world.

Staff Post
Paddlers writing about all things paddling.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Entering the World of Wood: A Review of Shade Tree’s Custom Bent Shaft Kayak Paddle

With my getting older I thought it was time to treat myself to a custom wood paddle design by...

Skate Yak: The Movie!

Well, it's that time of year again in the Rockies when skate skiers head to the hills in the...

NRS Releases Brainwaves

Kayaking is all about fun, right? Not all the time. The newest film from NRS and Matt Devlin (@western_pix),...

Dire Straits for Glen Canyon Dam; Lodore/Deso to See Higher Flows from Flaming Gorge Dam Releases

Boaters on the Grand this year can expect lower water. And those on stretches above Lake Powell, especially on...
- Advertisement -

RIVERSPORT Whitewater Center in OKC Brings Championship Lineup to the U.S.

Oklahoma City poured its heart - and $45 million - into a world-class, man-made whitewater center, one of the few of its caliber worldwide. This year, that investment is paying off for OKC in a new way with an invitation from the International Canoe Federation to host a number of championship water sport events building up to the 2028 Olympic Games.

Bird’s-eye View of the “New” Barrel Springs on the Colorado

While 2020’s Grizzly Creek fire wreaked havoc on the Colorado River’s Glenwood Canyon outside of Glenwood Springs, CO, the...

Must read

Win a BirdDog PFD from Astral

  For those who take their pup out on the...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you