Global water crisis film preview at Grand Valley

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“Last Call at the Oasis” will be screened Thursday, April 5, from 7-9 p.m. at Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, 401 West Fulton St., on Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

The film, which opens nationally May 5, features activist Erin Brockovich and Sierra Club Water Sentinel Lynn Henning. A Q&A with Henning will follow the free preview screening. The film screening is presented by Sierra Club’s Michigan Chapter, Grand Valley State University’s School of Communications and the GVSU Student Environmental Coalition.

“Last Call at the Oasis” examines the critical issue of the dwindling clean water options through stories highlighting water quantity and quality problems. The documentary illuminates the vital role water plays in everyone’s lives, exposes the defects in the current system and shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects. Interviews include activist Erin Brockovich and respected water experts including Peter Gleick, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon.

This is the second in a series of joint screenings by Sierra Club’s Michigan Chapter and Grand Valley, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Michigan Chapter and the 120th of the national Sierra Club, and the 25th anniversary of the Michigan Wilderness Act. The screenings also represent the first-ever collaboration between the nation’s oldest environmental organization and the only Michigan university deemed one of the top 25 “cutting edge” green colleges in the United States by the 2009 Kaplan College Guide.

In April 2011, Grand Valley was named a ‘Green College’ and listed as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.

For more on Last Call at the Oasis, visit www.participantmedia.com. For questions about the event, contact Gail Philbin at gail.philbin@sierraclub.org or 616-805-3063.