World Water Day is, um, on tap

Bet you didn’t know there is a World Water Day coming up.

I didn’t know it until recently, when I received a press release from the League of Women Voters of Amarillo, co-sponsors of an important film festival to be shown March 22-23 at the Don Harrington Discovery Center in Amarillo. And just so you know, tickets for the event are $5 for anyone 12 years of age or older.

Actually, I’m kicking myself for not knowing about this event, given its importance. The League of Women Voters seeks to call attention to what it calls the “looming water crisis in Texas.” And believe it: We’re headed for a crisis in the Panhandle and elsewhere if we don’t get some grasp of how we can do a much better job of conserving our water.

Without it, the Panhandle will blow away in the incessant wind.

World Water Day is a United Nations-sponsored event and it falls this year on March 22. Its aim is to “generate attention to the importance of water and to advocate for sustainable management of freshwater resources,” said film festival chair Joy Shadid, who added that the Legislature is considering plans to “withdraw vast sums of money from the Rainy Day Fund to begin addressing our water problems in Texas.”

The festival includes three sessions. The first one begins at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring a film “One Plastic Beach,” about a California couple who make artwork out of trash collected from the beach. A longer film, “Last Call at the Oasis,” sheds light on the global nature of the water crisis.

The second session begins 9:30 a.m. Saturday and features the films “Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West” and “Carbon Nation.” The third session begins after lunch, at 1:30 p.m., and will show three films, “Playas: Reflections on Life on the Plains,” Blue Obsession” and “Chasing Ice.”

This is important material to consider. Water is as finite a resource as fossil fuel, but there’s a difference in their respective degrees of importance. We can find alternatives to fossil fuels.

Water? If we lose it, it’s lights out.

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