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Water - on Samui

ISS science video

The International School of Samui's senior students designed and build a water harvest system and created a video to document water issues both globally and on Samui for the Samui Mala Education day at ISS in September 2010. The students helped in designing the system, researching the issues of water management and also in the product development. This allowed a cross-curricular approach which included aspect of science, art and design, geography and ICT.

Some of the students were also involved in making a video presentation to highlight the problems associated with water and sanitation, both locally and globally. These students got first hand experience with video production. Other students were involved in producing leaflets and posters to advertise the project utilising their ICT skills. "Overall I feel all the students gained massively from the project and when the students finally saw their work been displayed to the public, felt a great sense of achievement and self-satisfaction, whilst also becoming more aware of ecological issues," said Mr. Oliver Edmonds, Head of Science ISS

Water is life...


But on Koh Samui as elsewhere, our limited fresh water supply is being polluted, diverted, pumped, and wasted.

Some facts: Area of Koh Samui 142,031 Rai

Watershed area of 47,684 Rai

Forest production of groundwater is 18,684 Rai

Total amount of groundwater reserves 29,922,530 cubic meters per year.

Demand for water of Koh Samui is 6.3 million cubic meters per year

Link to the full story in Thai published by the Samui Watershed Unit of the Forestry Department น้ำคือชีวิต แก้วิกฤตน้ำตามแนวพระราชดำริ ด้วยฝายต้นน้ำลำธาร

Samui Channel our local station has been proactive about creating service announcments about water, documentaries on other environmental issues.

Below is a clip (in Thai) shot in July on Samui with one of Thailand's Vetiver experts Dr Narong. Vetiver is a super grass with extraordinarily long roots that can do much to control erosion, slope control and even treat contiminated water.  Dr Narong Chomchalow is the Coordinator for Pacific Rim Vetiver Network and has been involved with VS (Vetiver Systems) since its iinception in Thailand in the early 1990s.

Samui Channel also won a tourism award in 2008 for a daring documentary about Samui's water problems -from flooding, to shortages, and to pollution. See some great footage, well constructed segments, and Interviews with many officials and locals (subtitled) to really hear what everyone has to say. You can find them on youtube in five parts

part 1 

part 2

part 3

part 4 

part 5 

Water - global issues

The story of bottled water is the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over seven minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to ‘take back the tap,’ not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all. It's easy to say "Oh, that's America."  But is it that different anywhere else?


Plastic bags land up in the ocean....

No plastic bags were hurt in the making of this Mockumentary.

TED talks: Charles Moore and The Great Pacific Garbage patch


Educating ourselves

What do we know? What do we understand? How do we discern between this and that? Our human capability to critically differentiate, or discern, between this and that provides a foundation for our individual, and collective, humanness.  Over 150 video clips and dozens of demonstrations, exercises, and explanations, as well as effective, affordable, and engaging online courses for individuals and organizations 

Documentary movies

The Water Front


Liquid Assets

Blue Gold

Tapped  examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on health, climate change, pollution, and reliance on oil.