The Water Brothers
Two young eco-adventurer brothers, Alex and Tyler, travel the world to explore our relationship with water. What are the problems and where will the solutions come from? The next generation takes us on the search.
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Here Comes the Flood
October 22, 2013
The brothers continue their journey down the sacred Ganges and head out to the lush Ganges Delta in Bangladesh to learn how the largest river delta in the world is both incredibly productive and the most vulnerable region to climate change.
Farmed and Dangerous?
October 15, 2013
People love to eat salmon, but chances are that salmon is not wild. Over 70% of the global salmon we eat is raised on fish farms, some in ocean pens and some on land. The Brothers travel to British Columbia, home to the world's greatest wild salmon habitat and the heart of Canada's salmon farming industry. Wild salmon stocks are declining all along Canada's West Coast and many scientists believe that the use of open net farms in the Pacific Ocean, raising Atlantic salmon, could be inadvertently infecting wild Pacific salmon. Ironically, the salmon farms that are supposed to take the pressure off wild salmon stocks might be destroying them. The farmed fish industry is largely foreign owned and much of the farmed salmon is sold outside Canada, so who is in charge of protecting the iconic wild salmon? Surely not the same government body in charge of producing and promoting farmed salmon? Can new technologies being developed here in Canada revolutionize the industry and heal the damage that has already been done? To find out, the Brothers immerse themselves in the worlds of both wild and farmed salmon in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Water Everywhere but Not a Drop to Drink
October 8, 2013
Canadians are big water users and are also advanced in water storage, distribution, filtering and cleaning technologies, both domestically and for international use. Yet, in one of the most water rich countries in the world, approximately one out of every five First Nations communities in Canada lacks access to clean, safe and sustainable drinking water. Why do some communities have these problems and others do not? How can there be economic independence and advancement for our native communities without this basic human right?
No Woman, No Water
October 1, 2013
The UN recently declared access to clean water and sanitation as Human Rights - knowing they are at the heart of any economic development. Yet, hundreds of millions of people live without access to clean water and billions live without a toilet, causing countless lives to be lost each day. Women and girls are usually given the difficult task of hauling water, taking many hours each day often in the hot sun and sacrificing much for their families and communities. The Brothers travel to Africa to the most water scarce regions of Tanzania and Kenya, to see first hand how simple water projects can make huge changes towards economic advancement. And again, it is the women who are initiating these projects and often hold the key to improving clean water and sanitation access in their local communities. Through these changes in water sustainability, lies the ultimate empowerment of women in allowing them more time for education and economic activity and thus in ultimately helping to alleviate poverty cycles across Eastern Africa and becoming models for all around the world. In order to give back to the people they meet, the Brothers make an adventurous climb up Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and help raise money for valuable clean water and sanitation projects across East Africa.
September 24, 2013
While it sounds more like a futuristic, sci-fi title, "Dead Zones" exist in our water environments and are rapidly increasing. Why? A Dead Zone is a term used to describe a greatly reduced level of oxygen in water, which often causes marine life to die. Excess nutrients that run off land into nearby water habitats stimulate an overgrowth of algae that in turn decomposes and depletes the oxygen in water. Habitats that were once teeming with life are reduced to biological deserts.
September 17, 2013
The brothers embark on a sailing adventure to the middle of the Pacific Ocean with no land in sight in any direction for over 1,500 kilometers. They have joined a group of scientists and water advocates in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific and travel together to the remote Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a massive collection of plastic waste congregated together by swirling ocean currents known as gyres.
The Pure and the Poisoned
September 10, 2013
For Hindus, nothing is more holy than the Ganges and this one river has a fascinating and central role in many of India's diverse cultures and religious traditions. Each stop along the river, from Kanpur to Varanasi, will teach us something new about how the ideas of religion, human population and pollution intersect, all in the context of water.
March 21, 2012
Canadians enjoy one of the cleanest and most plentiful supplies of freshwater in the world. Tap water is also cheap and easily accessible, so why is there such a huge demand for bottled water? The Water Brothers visit a water treatment facility and discover that water from the tap is often of the same quality or even better than bottled water. Globally, 17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce and distribute bottled water annually. The true cost of bottled water just doesn't add up, both in Canada and around the world.
Valley of the Dammed
March 21, 2012
For thousands of years, the culture and people of Southeast Asia have been shaped by the flow of the Mekong River. However, the Mekong is undergoing incredible changes as a combination of climate change, overfishing and dams on Mekong tributaries have caused fish populations to plummet and altered water quality. The Water Brothers travel up the Mekong to learn how its conditions are changing and how a series of 11 planned mega-dams will further affect the river and its people.
The Big Thaw
March 20, 2012
The North Pole is melting faster than ever and the Northwest Passage could soon be an international shipping lane. Change in the Arctic is happening at warp speed, creating serious problems for the people and animals who live there. With rising sea levels, the fate of the world depends on slowing the Big Thaw. The Water Brothers visit the Arctic to get the facts and find answers.