Orange fish in the ocean - photo by Hiroko Yoshii - photo by Hiroko Yoshii

Water Scarcity

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Do you know how much water you use every day? Do you know how much water you waste?

In the fall of 2012, Izilwane teamed up with American University and the School of Communication's Visual Literacy (COMM 105) class, taught by Kimberley R. Williams. The curriculum is developed to teach students about the aesthetics and production of visual images and build an appreciation of the significance of images in communication and advertising. Each semester, the class partners with a nonprofit organization; in its most recent semester, COMM 105 paired with Izilwane. The objective of the collaboration was to have the visual literacy students' work on public service announcements in the form of posters and films that highlight the issues that contribute to biodiversity loss. After watching the film Call of Life – which examines the science and human psychology behind the current biodiversity crisis – students determined that the targeted contributors to biodiversity loss are:

Over-exploitation of Resources (Consumption)
Habitat Loss
Climate Change
Invasive Species

By most estimates, we use more than 40 gallons of water each time we take a simple, 10-minute shower. And that is just the start of our day. This film takes a brief, hard look at our washing, drinking, consuming habits and the effects they have on our planet’s fragile water resources. Much of the water have is literally going down the drain…

Valeria Quiros, Writer, Director, Editor

Tess Diefendorf, Assistant Director

Kayla Franze, Cinematographer

Maggie Klee, Editor

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