Word of Mind, Word of Mouth

Shoutout for ‘Last Call at the Oasis’ on Wednesday

Special to The CambrianApril 25, 2014 

Love of My Life and I watch a lot of documentaries. I’ve always stressed to the kids to be well-rounded, well-read and well-informed. These films offer instant conversational trampolines for all the above. There is one being shown locally I implore you to go see.

“Last Call at the Oasis” left me almost shivering with disgust, but also tamed that reaction with some concrete ideas and solutions.

“Our kids are getting steady infusions of industrial chemicals before we even give them solid food,” laments one speaker in it. Hope Dance Films out of SLO is presenting the doc here in Cambria at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Rabobank. Its timeliness is obviously planned. How many units of water did you use this billing period?

While residents are doing their best to conserve, as shown by the substantial decrease in gallons used recorded by the Cambria Community Services District, the issue goes way beyond our small hamlet. How are we as consumers affecting water use and degradation worldwide? What IS the scope of the problem?

With expert interviews, including with Erin Brokovich, some humor (helps the medicine go down) and plenty of facts and figures, the film is easy to comprehend but one of the most eye-opening presentations I’ve ever seen. Even if you have already watched it, I recommend attending just for conversation afterwards around conservation in a supportive, positive, constructive way.

One scientist is quoted as saying, “It was Albert Einstein who said, ‘Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.’” Some films are so incredibly doom-and-gloom you can’t shake them and you may wonder where the heck do you begin to change or why even bother to go on. This one you shall not shake easily, but it does offer the visions of some very resourceful, tenacious and dedicated inventors, activists and ordinary citizens who are doing their best to make a difference.

That’s the thing. First one needs to know what they are up against. We ourselves are facing extreme shortages and face financial penalties for going above our allotment. This is possibly minor in comparison to what we could be facing (no water) or what a large percentage of the world faces every day: polluted, undrinkable, unusable liquid.

Get mad. Get disgusted. Get motivated. Facilitated by Bob Banner of HopeDance, come learn about more conservation strategies to keep from going over your allotted units. Folks to be on hand for solutionary activities include Teresa Lees from the SLO Permaculture Guild, Bill Seavey from Cambria (author of numerous books on sustainability), and others.

HopeDance is asking for a $7 to 10 donation but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. For information, email info@hopedance.org, call 762-4848 or go to http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2014/04/30/592 to view a trailer.

The evening is sponsored by Greenspace, SLO Greenbuild, SLOClean Water Action, Sukha Wellness Center, Central Coast Bioneers, SLO Permaculture Guild and Gaia University.

Dianne Brooke’s column is special to The Cambrian. Email her at ltd@ladytiedi.com, or visit her website at www.ladytiedi.com.

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