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2021 Freshwater Summit
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2021 Global Freshwaters Summit
Virtual Film Festival
Honoring the Great Rivers
April 16-23



The summit begins with a People’s Resolution Honoring the Great Rivers Mississippi and Missouri. The Zero Draft of the resolution was penned by Marsha Moutrie, Senior Advisor, Earth Law Center, ELC and former city of Santa Monica Attorney and marked up by Grant Wilson, Executive Director of ELC and Myra L Jackson, Founder of the Global Being Foundation.

Monday, April 19. Day 1 — Troubled Waters – Mississippi River Story

April 19 – Film discussion with Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist, Don Shelby and special guests

Troubled Waters Mississippi River crop

Full Film
(Password: global freshwaters)
A Film by Larkin McPhee and Barbara Coffin
Produced by the Bell Museum of Natural History
57 Minutes
Grades 9 – Adult

The Emmy Award-winning Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story tells the story of the unintended yet severe consequences of farming along the Mississippi, and the efforts being taken to reverse this damage. America’s heartland boasts some of the world’s most productive farmland, but this bounty has come with a price. Excess crop fertilizers are contaminating the nation’s rivers, lakes and aquifers, while at the same time precious soil is washing away.

The film traces the development of America’s bountiful harvest and examines its effect on the legendary river, as well as the “dead zone” created in the Gulf of Mexico. Knitting together federal energy, farm and environmental policies, the film makes a compelling case for revamping US agricultural policy and practices. It also helps viewers to grasp a profound truth — that a single drop of water in the upper Midwest has an impact far downstream.

Through beautiful photography and narrative, Troubled Waters emphasizes solutions, providing a hopeful blueprint for progress and positive change. The film tells the stories of farmers, scientists and citizens who are pursuing more sustainable land-use practices that meet the goals of an ambitious, food-producing nation, while ensuring the long-term health of its most precious natural resources.

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