Future Rivers Presents: Into Dust

Film Screening Resources:

Thank you to everyone who joined us in our free screening of Into Dust and our expert panel discussion on 11/3/2021  in collaboration with the Jackson School’s South Asia Center. 

For those who missed the screening or would like to view it again, it is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Below are some additional resources to help further your understanding of these issues and turn what you learned into action.

Did something awesome in response to the screening or found other helpful resources? We’d love to hear from you! Write to us at futurerivers@uw.edu. We hope to see you at a future screening event!

“The amount of moisture on Earth has not changed.
The water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago is the same water
that falls as rain today.” (Source: National Geographic, April 2010)

Discussion Prompts

  • How did this film make you feel about your own relationship to water? 
  • What are the issues around water and access to water in your community or country? 
  • How does climate change show up in your community? What is its impact on your local water supply? (E.g., is your community affected by drought or flooding? If so, how does this shape water usage?)
  • Do you think gender, racial, and/or socioeconomic background of a community affects water and water availability? If so, how? If not, what, if anything, do you think affects equitable water availability in your community? 
  • What are the disparities in water access across lines of difference? Has water scarcity contributed to the commodification of water in your area? How?


Water Insecurity Statistics

  • 1 in 10 people around the world don’t have clean water. (Source: WaterAid) 
  • 1 million die from water-related health problems each year (Source: water.org) 
  • Americans use about 100 gallons of water at home each day; millions of the world’s poorest subsist on fewer than 5 gallons. (NG, April 2010) 
  • Two-thirds of our water is used to grow food; with 83 million more people each year, water demand will keep going up unless we change how we use it. (NG, April 2010) 
  • Women in developing countries walk an average of 3.7 miles to get water. (NG, April 2010) 
  • In 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in regions of severe water scarcity. (NG, April 2010)

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