September 21, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center will host a screening of the documentary "Tapped," on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg.

Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an examination of the big business of bottled water, raising such issues as whether access to clean drinking water is a basic human right or a commodity to be bought and sold like any other article of commerce.

The film also explores human health risks in towns where plastic bottles are manufactured, and the lack of regulation that allows companies to bottle ordinary tap water and sell it at a markup. Some bottled waters have been found to contain chemical residues of everything from fertilizers to pharmaceuticals.

"Tapped" follows the plastic production to giant garbage patches in the ocean where so many of these bottles end up. From the producers of "Who Killed the Electric Car" and "I.O.U.S.A.," it is a powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry.

The screening is open to the public; admission is $2 per person.

Following the film, a panel discussion on bottled water impacts will be moderated by Cathy Curran Myers, interim executive director of the Bucknell University Environmental Center and former deputy secretary for water management at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Invited panel speakers include Peter Buckland, a graduate student who has advocated for reduced reliance on bottled water on the Pennsylvania State University campus.

Green Screens is a new sustainability-themed series presented monthly by the Bucknell University Environmental Center and the Campus Theatre. Each film will be followed by an opportunity for audience discussion.

Other films in the fall series will focus on the challenge of waste minimization in an era of industrialization and globalization ("Manufactured Landscapes" on Nov. 8) and the commercialization of childhood ("Consuming Kids" on Nov. 29).

The historic Campus Theatre is located at 413 Market Street, Lewisburg.

Contact: Division of Communications


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