6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Thirst For Power: Film Screening for the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

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The Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and the Environmental Change and Security Program are excited to host a film screening for the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (March 14-24). This year we are screening a new documentary, Thirst for Power, on March 21 that takes a deep dive into water-energy confrontations facing our planet. For thousands of years, water has been key to civilization and in the modern era, we increasingly use water to make energy -- and use considerable energy to bring us clean water. Water shortages can mean shutdowns for coal and nuclear power plants while some cities struggle with the costs to supply enough energy for wastewater treatment and pumping groundwater.

The documentary is adapted by filmmaker Mat Hames from Dr. Michael E. Webber's book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water, and Human Survival. Combining anecdotes and personal stories from around the world with insights into the latest science of energy and water, the film identifies a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.

Following the film, Mat will join the China Environment Forum's Director Jennifer Turner, who has managed the Wilson Center's water-energy initative, Global Chokepoint, for 8 years, for a discussion of the film.


  • Mat Hames

    President and Creative Director, Alpheus Media, Inc.
  • Jennifer L. Turner

    Director, China Environment Forum & Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative