I have found that one of the most difficult aspects of being an environmentalist is not getting angry. It would be so easy to do.
I feel twinges of irritation when people talk down to me or treat me as if I am that slightly soft in the head nature woman. They seem to think I am just too naive to cope in the real world yet I see them drinking out of disposable plastic bottles, consume masses of pre-packaged food, creating landfills of waste annually with a throw away lifestyle and I know they are oblivious to the natural world. I want to get angry at how we treat the planet and our escalating destruction. I want to get angry at our willful blindness. I want to argue.
That’s not going to work. Anger won’t help, it only serves to make people defensive and that’s when they stop listening. I want to be heard. Sometimes I need to slow down and try harder yet at the same time use a soft approach. My hope is that individuals may see what they are doing to the future by drinking bottled water. ‘Tapped’ is a documentary which has helped me to show people how our daily habits are important. What they consume has impact beyond their personal horizon.
(Tapped) Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
I will not go into a long synopsis or review of the movie, that has been done. The sentence above sums it up – it is a well presented examination of the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil. This is a very important film. Please, please watch it. You will be glad you did. Enough said.
This documentary has helped me demonstrate to others why I am opposed to bottled water and plastics in general. It allows me to present my position not as an argumentative or critical exchange but instead as a film we can discuss. Many people will watch a movie before they will get into a verbal exchange.
Recently I watched the film with a nephew. He is an average American male – 31 years old, lives on a diet of instant food, creates a lot of garbage and goes on with his life as a consumer. He is not a bad man, simply an average American. The nephew also lives on a recreational lake and owns boats. On a party weekend they can come back to the dock with lawn trash bags full of empty water bottles. He was receptive so we watched ‘Tapped’ together. There was much discussion during the film but afterward he looked around his home and said,’I can see eight plastic water bottles from where I am sitting.’ He wasn’t happy about it either.
I feel most people are receptive to changing their habits for a greener planet if they understand and it’s easy for them. The film helped me create an awareness in at least one person and that’s worthwhile. I know that his lifestyle will shift to toward being more conscious of what he uses and what he throws away.
If you have not seen ‘Tapped’ please take the time then share with others. Make it a tool to help you change the world for the better. Small steps count.
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Visit the official Tapped the Movie Site.
Read reviews and watch trailers: IMDb on Tapped
Watch the full movie online at YouTube – Tapped Full Movie (free direct external link) or watch it below for free. Amazon has ‘Tapped’ HD available for streaming and I am sure other streaming services carry it as well.