Cadillac Desert-4. The Last Oasis (4 of 6)

Cadillac Desert Water and the Transformation of Nature (1997) A four-part American documentary series about water, money, politics, and natural transformation. This film records the development of a large community in the desert of the western United States. It brings richness and the risky legacy it creates in the United States and abroad. The first three episodes are based on Marc Reisner’s book Cadillac Desert (1986), which delves into the history of water use and abuse in the western United States. It explores triumphs and disasters, heroism and conspiracy, and the rivalries and different dreams that dominate this little-known chapter of American history. The last episode is taken from Sandra Postel’s book “Last Oasis” (Last Oasis, 1992), which examines the global impact of technologies and policies resulting from the manipulation of water resources in the United States and shows how they have created a protection The need for environmental protection methods. The water of the next century. The fourth and final episode of the Cadillac Desert series, The Last Oasis, provides an eye-opening report that reveals how water use and abuse are affecting millions in India, China, Mexico, and South America People’s daily life, the Middle East, and homes in Colorado and California. The radio show explored that in the context of increasing water demand, advances in water-saving technology may be the “last oasis” for mankind. Based on Sandra Postel’s book Last Oasis (WW Norton, 1992; reprinted in 1997), this episode begins to tell the story of how large dams in the United States have become examples of water projects abroad, especially in developing countries. On the Narmada River, India is building the Sardar Sarovar project, which will eventually cause 100,000 people to be displaced; in China, the world’s largest dam project, the Three Gorges Dam, will flood a famous area such as the Grand Canyon, bringing more than one million people Displaced people. Although the World Bank, which has long provided funding for large dams, has withdrawn from these two projects, both countries have vowed to move on. Due to the overdraft of the aquifer, Mexico City is working to provide water for its growing population, sinking as much as 12 inches per year in some areas. Here, wealthy families have access to affordable tap water, while poor families have to pay high prices for water delivered by trucks. In developing countries, 80% of diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery are related to lack of clean water and sanitation facilities. In the turbulent Middle East, conflicts surrounding the limited waters of the region will only further exacerbate tensions. Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were angry at the huge gap between the amount of water that Israeli settlers received and the amount of water allowed; at the same time, Israel was the first to adopt drip irrigation and waste water recycling technology to make the Negev desert bloom. Back in his hometown of Denver, Colorado, the environmental protection organization’s victory in preventing the construction of the two-forked dam on the South Platte River not only protected the spring migration of sandhill cranes in nearby Nebraska, but also promoted the protection of domestic water use. Technical rice and “xeriscape”, a water-saving and beautifying practice. In California’s Empire Valley, farmers began to work with cities to save water and release new supplies for urban use. In Los Angeles, a community group successfully persuaded residents to install new water-saving toilets, saving the city 8 million gallons a day. The final stop of the plan was south of the US-Mexico border in the Colorado Delta, where dams and diversions turned the once verdant land into a dead zone—miles of cracks and dry salt flats. Upper Colorado River. In their own words, the Kukapa fishermen in the area are now “in a state of destruction.” Only through water conservation and recycling-our “last oasis”-can such ecological and economic disasters be avoided. ————— This recording comes from an old vhs tape, and the quality is problematic. However, it is almost impossible to find a copy of the original series. Only one copy of the first episode is sold on Amazon, and the person who sells it costs $1,000! ! Or, you can watch it for free here :).


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