Making Connections

Welcome to our Advisory activity for Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Each advisory will select one film from the short documentaries below. Watch the film together, have a discussion of what you heard and saw, and then answer the questions below as a group. Comment on what other advisories are saying. Be sure to think deeply about the big issues and make sure you listen to what others are saying.


In high school, I was a member and co-president of WaterAid International, a club dedicated to educating people about the world water crisis and fundraising for water infrastructure projects in developing countries.
I attended a talk given by Deborah Lapidus of Corporate Accountability International (CAI) with my club and learned about the environmental and human rights problems associated with bottled water. I was in a teen film program at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the time. I was so blown away by Deborah’s talk that I decided to make a documentary about bottled water for my class project in the hopes that I could educate other people about what I had learned.
Deborah agreed to my filming her at a workshop she was giving, where I met Tina Clarke, Campaign Director for Massachusetts Clean Water Action. Tina agreed to be interviewed about corporation efforts to extract water for bottling purposes in Massachusetts.
I was invited by CAI to film a “Think Outside the Bottle” action at a Coke shareholders’ meeting in Wilmington, Delaware. I also interviewed someone from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, who spoke about the high quality of Massachusetts tap water.
My film addresses the prevalence of bottled water, reasons people buy it and the environmental and social costs associated with it. Many people told me that they plan to stop drinking bottled water after seeing the film. Other people have either continued to drink bottled water or only stopped temporarily.


Two years ago, honeybees started to disappear. About one in every three colonies left their hives but never came home. We set out to discover what was plaguing these hives and learned how non-commercial beekeepers care for and keep healthy bees alive.
Bees are responsible for pollinating every third bite of food we eat. And we are losing millions of bees each year to a mysterious disease known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). We visited beekeepers in Manhattan, Long Island, Nantucket and Chicago, and interviewed a scientist and elementary school students all to get a better understanding of this phenomenon. But along way, we discovered that with proper care and nutrition, bees can stay healthy and their honey can help us stay healthy and allergy free.
Since production of the film, CCD has been linked to a virus but studies continue to show that the mystery is far from solved. Community apiaries and non-commercial beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular. Legislation about keeping hives may be pending.
1. What does this film say about our connection with all systems on Earth?
2. What are the implications of our activity on Earth?
3. What steps need to be taken in order to avoid severing our connection with systems?

8 thoughts on “Making Connections

  1. comparable to the beef industry and feeding corn – causes ecolipesticides are overusedfungus side effects to irrigationover irrigation is leaching soil and making it unable to produce.

  2. but seriously, 1/4 bottle of oil for every bottle of water we drink….that is serious stuff… good way to view each bottle of water that we purchase or consume.

  3. 1. It says that we are all connected and if one link is broken we all DIE.2. Death. We harm things. We screw up the future and earth because we are not paying attention to the natural world around us. 3. We need to be eco-friendly and more connected to the environment. We need to think about the repercussions of our actions. Big business needs to think about there actions and look to the grass roots movements for new ways to harvest honey. (Alexander)

  4. Questions:1. What does this film say about our connection with all systems on Earth?A challenge to change government thinking. Do we have the power to do so. Canada's Global warming record. Are we willing to give up something?2. What are the implications of our activity on Earth?World out of balance? 3. What steps need to be taken in order to avoid severing our connection with systems?Raise awarenessDo we need to wait for a personal impact before we take action?Do we need to change government policy?

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