SynopsisAn investigative series that looks at water scarcity from all angles and shows it in all its complexity – leaving us in no doubt that the eleventh hour here really is upon us.
The most important resource on the planet is in ever shorter supply: water. Temperatures worldwide are rising faster than we feared. What happens when we finally run out of water? This question, which no one would have asked a few years ago, is now becoming vital for survival. In many countries, people are threatened by increasing drought, forced to change their lives or even flee because regions are no longer habitable due to a lack of drinking water. The film explores the consequences for biodiversity: vertebrates are dying of thirst, fish are suffocating and entire forests are withering away. And it’s happening right in the heart of Europe! The drought makes it easy for fungi with dangerous spores to grow, and increases forest decay. Disputes already rage over the distribution of precious water resources. We show how the struggle for this scarce resource is intensifying: drinking water, irrigation in agriculture, industrial water – we all want to help ourselves, but can it go on like this? Do we let riverbeds or an entire region dry up so that industry, for instance a beverage producer, can get enough water? Who owns the drinking water? An exciting series that looks at water scarcity from all angles and shows it in all its complexity – leaving us in no doubt that the eleventh hour here really is upon us.