Water is life. So, what happens when climate change results in a global water shortage? We don't need to imagine this apocalyptic scenario, because it's already happening. Experts claim that if we continue to mismanage water as we are now, the consequences will be dire. When the Rain Stops Falling outlines the crucial role water plays in the sustainability of all life on our planet, and the steps we can take to protect its abundance for future generations.
Many may believe our planet has an endless supply of water. It's a resource we take for granted and often use in wasteful manner.
The film examines multiple facets of our planet's pressing water issues. It begins by dissecting the fascinating and complex process of water production and procurement. Some ancient groundwater reservoirs have taken tens of thousands of years to develop. This groundwater carries some of the purest waters on the planet, filled with the nutrients and helpful bacteria we depend upon for sustenance. We use it to keep our bodies nourished, and large-scale farms can pump as many as 2 billion gallons of it every year to irrigate our essential crops. But this water supply is dwindling, and researchers believe we might enjoy 50 – 70 more years of it at best given our current trajectory of usage. We are extracting much more than we're able to replenish.
A significant percentage of our water supply is absorbed into our soil. Increased urbanization has damaged the sponge-like function of much of this soil, and frequently covers it in impenetrable concrete. This results in the catastrophic dehydration of our planet. In turn, this dynamic raises the temperature of the planet, which further repulses clouds and rainfall. Much of the earth's surfaces could decay into drought.
Rampant pollution brings forth a whole new set of dangers and challenges. The proliferation of plastics makes its presence known in our water supply. Many of us are literally drinking plastic remnants when we consume water.
When the Rain Stops Falling diagnoses the status of our planet's water supply with great authority and clarity. It looks upon water as a miraculous treasure that needs to be respected and closely protected, and it urges all of us to do the same.
Directed by: Tina-Marie Qwiberg