French TV show “Tambour Battant” addresses the issue of drinking water


Bernard Giraud, former Sustainability Director at Danone, François Jaquenoud, founder of the association 1001 Fontaines and other experts share their views on the issues related to drinking water.


Tambour Battant” (“Rolling Drums”) is a French talk show that airs weekly on Cinaps TV, a local channel broadcasting in and around Paris. “Tambour Battant” aims to be a

public and free talk show, without borders, with rhythm and richness, at the heart of the news.

Created and presented by journalist and author Antoine Spire, it aims to share knowledge and foster debate around social, philosophical, economic, scientific, historical and artistic questions.

Water is one of those questions. In 2010, “Tambour Battant” dedicated a show to the question of drinking water, with contributions from Bernard Giraud (who was then Danone’s Sustainable Development Director) and Jean-François Jaquenoud (founder of 1001 Fontaines, an association supported by the danone.communities fund, which works to provide access to drinking water in developing countries). The complete show is available on Antoine Spire’s website here, but this is a shorter abstract (with English subtitles):

Until you get a chance to watch it right through, here are the main ideas and information that we took away:

–         Nearly one billion people in the world still do not have access to drinking water.

–         1.8 million children die every year because they do not have access to healthy water.

–         Reducing our daily consumption is extremely important, but agriculture remains the world’s largest consumer of water.

–         There is a quality issue that is even more important than the quantity issue; there is enough water for everyone, but a lot of effort must be put into guaranteeing the quality of it and creating efficient distribution systems.

–         This is why water comes at a cost: it is linked to water services such as sewage and distribution.

–         Water forces us to think of others – if we want to resolve the inequalities related to it, that is.

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