Oscar-winning director Jessica Yu and I both grew up in Northern California, so we know a little bit about conserving water. As a kid, I always took baths, but I remember the day when my mother told me that we would be taking showers from now on because it had not been raining enough and water had become more expensive. It definitely left an impression on me, and the evidence goes beyond the fact that I can probably count the baths I've taken since then on one hand. Yu remembers growing up in the Bay Area in a family that kept a bucket in the shower. If you don't know what that means, you might've left the faucet running while brushing your teeth -- something I find as incomprehensible now as I did when I first saw it in on the East Coast.
While I do my best to conserve, Yu directed Last Call at the Oasis, a documentary co-produced by Participant Media that explores the reasons why humans are polluting and consuming more fresh water than nature can replenish, and why this represents a threat that crosses ideologies, borders, and generations (watch the trailer for Last Call at the Oasis here). I spoke with Yu, discussing her method for approaching such a big topic, some of the scarier facts she learned, how we need to shift our thinking about water, and whether logic will ever trump disgust when it comes to selling perfectly hygienic bottled water made from sewage. Check out my ReThink Interview with Jessica Yu below.
Find out more about Last Call at the Oasis and how you can help preserve and protect our water here.