Life Without Water Is Awkward: New Viral Videos

To drive home the importance of water conservation and protection, the Change the Course team is producing a new series of shorts called “Life Without Water is Awkward: Change the Course.”

The first two videos have been released, and are already airing on Pivot TV, a brand new cable television network aimed at galvanizing young people for positive change.

Pivot is a division of Participant Media, the company behind such documentary hits as Food, Inc., Last Call at the Oasis, and An Inconvenient Truth. Participant Media is a core partner of the Change the Course campaign, an effort to restore the critical Colorado River Basin that is also led by National Geographic and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

Participant Media has done the heavy lifting to produce “Life Without Water is Awkward,” although the National Geographic and Bonneville teams helped brainstorm the concepts at the idea phase.

We hope the short clips help you think about water in a new way. What do you think?

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Life Without Water is Awkward

Special thanks to Silk and Coca-Cola, Charter Sponsors for Change the Course. Additional funding generously provided by the Walton Family Foundation.


  1. Akira
    February 28, 12:07 am

    So… Coca-Cola is one of the sponsors of this? Seriously? Am I the only one who caught the extraordinary irony of that? Just another example of a massive media campaign to cover up their complicity.

    Just a basic search for Coca-Cola water controversy:

  2. olly
    November 7, 2016, 10:00 am

    this is very true

  3. Yee
    February 18, 2016, 11:19 am

    Water is gud

  4. Sammy
    September 22, 2014, 3:53 pm

    It’s sickening to think that big companies can just come out of nowhere and put a high charge on the water when most people in that area can’t even afford to pay for it. It makes you realize how granted you are, because we Americans and elsewhere, as well, have water 24/7. But to have to reach water walking so far away is pitiful. It shouldn’t be like that.

  5. jenneth
    May 28, 2014, 5:00 am

    We continue to squander this precious resource.
    Help us fight fracking in the Karoo!

  6. tikku
    Dehra Dun
    May 27, 2014, 11:08 am

    We usually do not see the point. Air and Water are the two most precious items for living creatures and both these take back seats compared to money and Gold.
    Nature has favoured countries like U S with plentiful water and they think of wter interms of swimming, rafting and so on. This country—INDIA– has to think of water just for survival,—despite many rivers and floods. It probably is due to the fact that big and rich, politicians and celebrities get plenty of it whereas poor people have fought to death for a bucket of water. Or else they would have thought of conserving water, facilitate usage of river water to the maximum and save ground water, take steps to reduce population like China did, store and channelise water from plentiful rains on north and eastern part of India. Politicians should have aimed and planned for beyond their 5 year term for projects like linking of rivers etc. As long as the politicians, rich and powerfuls,- are getting plenty water, Govt does not move in this direction.

  7. Carolyn
    United States
    May 27, 2014, 6:32 am

    I predict that if populations keep growing like they are at the present time, that water will one day, very soon, be more precious than gold.

  8. P Nukaiah Chetty
    Anakapalle, India
    May 27, 2014, 3:02 am

    Though our population is rapidly growing, we have no means to increase the total water availability.

    But by adopting the FIVE “R”s (1) Rain Water Harvesting, (2) Recycle & Reuse of Waste Water, (3) Reduce Consumption and Reduce Wastage of Water, (4) Recharge Ground Water by Watershed Management and (5) Rouse awareness among friends about the challenges.

    Our Water demand is mainly Domestic, Industry and Agriculture sectors. Agriculture sector is the biggest guzzler of water which is as much as around 80% of of our total water demand. It is possible to save water in all the sectors.

    One estimate puts that as much as 5,50,000 liters of water is needed annually to grow food to feed an average vegetarian but nearly 14,60,000 liters are needed for a non vegetarian.

    It is possible to grow more food with less water.

    Desalination of sea water, Artificial Rains, River linking are some of the major challenges.

    P.Nukaiah Chetty
    Lions Clubs International, District 316-A
    District Chairman : Water Management

  9. Raka G.D.
    April 23, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Life without water isn’t just awkward – it’s impossible. Ask those ladies in Africa and Asia who’ve got to walk hundreds of miles at temperatures above 40 C everyday to just fetch 1 bucket of water. Our contribution will surely improve the lives of billions.

  10. mickey brooks
    United States
    March 15, 2014, 5:37 pm

    @ clean bottle water tap water is potable unless indicated otherwise most wells don’t even have filtration because they are completely potable.

  11. Helen
    New Zealand
    March 8, 2014, 9:23 pm

    Well it depends on where you are. There’s no point in buying bottled water if you don’t need to because that just supports the plastic industry and use of plastic really does need to be more limited. There is no place in NZ where tap water is unsafe except in some campsites which tap water directly from rivers; lowland rivers tend to have unsafe levels of bacteria for drinking but water from mountain rivers can be drunk directly from the river without boiling. It’s never made me sick. It pays to check what the water is like where you are.

  12. James
    January 22, 2014, 9:26 am

    We need to conserve water and need to stop dumping in water, that is some of the ways we can save water.

  13. Clean bottle water
    October 29, 2013, 8:00 am

    I agree with you..The very first thing to keep in mind is to drink water that is boiled and filtered. Do not drink tap water as it isn’t potable (safe for drinking).