December 01, 2009

Troubled Waters

The plight of our planet's water supply is becoming a serious issue. But with the help of illuminating documentaries, inspirational ASCAP members and forward thinking companies, a solution could be within reach.

By Lavinia Jones Wright, Sue Devine and Melissa Toldy



Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, whose Oscilloscope Laboratories helped to distribute FLOW

ASCAP songwriter and Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories is the film distribution company that took a leadership role to bring us FLOW , Irena Salina's awardwinning and critically-acclaimed documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - the world water crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question Can anyone really own the water?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

The New York Times had this to say: "Irena Salina's astonishingly wide-ranging film is less depressing than galvanizing, an informed and heartfelt examination of the tug of war between public health and private interests. From the dubious quality of our tap water (possibly laced with rocket fuel) to the terrifyingly unpoliced contents of bottled brands (one company pumped from the vicinity of a Superfund site), the movie ruthlessly dismantles our assumptions about water safety and government oversight."

FLOW was scored by ASCAP (SACEM) composer member Christophe Julien.



Kimberly Rivers Roberts

Up and coming rap artist and New Orleans native, ASCAP's Kimberly Rivers Roberts – aka Black Kold Madina – lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, but summoned the courage throughout her ordeal to document the experience. The result, a documentary film called Trouble the Water , won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and is currently taking Roberts on a journey of inspiration soundtracked by her energetic music. Not only is Roberts the subject of the film, but she has several of her songs in it and hopes for a Best Song Oscar nom. Directed and produced by Farenheit 9/11 producers, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, the film captures both the dangers of our changing climate and the beauty of humanity and hope. Time Magazine Named Kimberly Rivers Roberts #4 in their 2008 "Top Ten Movie Performances of the Year" list... right above Angelina Jolie.



SIGG is a member of 1% For The Planet. To purchase a SIGG water bottle with an ASCAP Member discount, go to and enter code ASCAP08.

To cut down on the number of plastic bottles produced, transported and discarded at last year's ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, ASCAP partnered with SIGG USA – a member of 1% For The Planet - to provide each panelist with a SIGG re-usable drinking bottle.

Some important facts about plastic water bottles:

*Most disposable water bottles (Evian, Dasani, Aquafina, etc.) are made of PET plastic. According to the American Recycling Institute, only 14%of these bottles are recycled. Most of the PET bottles end up in litter or trash where they can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade, filling our landfills, amassing in our oceans, and injuring wildlife.

  • Americans are currently adding 30 million PET water bottles to our nation's landfills – everyday!
  • Even if PET bottles are sent to the recycling center, they are really being "down-cycled," converted to a lower form of plastic, much of which goes unused.
  • PET is a petroleum-based plastic. Manufacturing and transporting bottled water (especially from distant countries such as France and Fiji) unnecessarily burns fossil fuels – approximately 1.5 million barrels per year according to the NRDC.
  • There are multiple lawsuits against Nestle, owner of 77 brands of bottled water, for depleting the water table in a number of communities in order to bottle water, then sell the bottled water for huge profits.
  • 25% of bottled water is actually tap water.
  • There are far less stringent governmental standards for bottled water than there are for tap water.

(Sources: SIGG website and Flow: For Love Of Water)

These ASCAP artists have used SIGG reusable bottles while touring with REVERB (founded by ASCAP member, Guster’s Adam Gardner): Aimee Mann, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne (SOCAN), Barenaked Ladies (SOCAN), Beastie Boys, Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Guster, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, O.A.R, Panic at the Disco, Ray Lamontagne, String Cheese Incident, The Fray and The Format.

These ASCAP artists have all used reusable bottles while touring with Cliff Bar Green Notes: Ben Kweller, Missy Higgins, Stephen Kellogg, Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, John Butler Trio, Martin Sexton, Xavier Rudd (APRA, Ingrid Michaelson and Gomez (PRS).


CD and DVD replicator demonstrates strong commitment to the environment

CD and DVD manufacturer, Groove House Records, Inc. is demonstrating its commitment to preserving the natural environment by offering environmentally-responsible packagingmade of 100%recycled cardboard in either sturdy brown chipboard (100%post-consumer waste) or bright white EnviroboardTM (50% post-consumer and 50%post-industrial waste) is available in a wide selection of package configurations. Clear disc trays made with 100% recycled plastic are offered for many of these package options.

All Groove House Records manufactured booklets, folders and tray cards are printed on FSC-certified paper with soy-based inks, on at least 50% recycled stock. FSC certification guarantees that any virgin paper or board stock comes from responsible forestry operations. Only water-based, biodegradable varnishes are used for paper or card stock finishing.

Groove House Records is taking other measures to protect the environment through environmentally sound practices and processes. Both their print and disc manufacturing facilities recycle 100% of their paper, board and plastic waste. While compact discs and DVDs are not yet made from recycled materials, Groove House Records has joined with CD Recyclers of America and encourages post-use recycling of discs and jewel cases.