Scarcity Water – The Blue Gold
Access to clean drinking water may seem the most intrinsic of human rights
Yet it was only in 2010 that the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution making water an independent human right. Until 2010, most countries, UN bodies and international development organizations treated water as an implicit rather than explicit part of the human rights framework.
please watch this documentary: Blue Gold : World Water Wars (Official Full Length Film)
Just to highlight the difficult situation: the highly influential Dublin Principles established at the 1992 United Nations International Conference on Water and Sustainable Development described water as an “economic good” – that opens all doors for companies to get their hands on drinkable water – selling it for such a high price that the poorer community can’t afford it anymore – being pushed to the edge of civilization and justice.
Wars of the future will be fought over water as they are over oil today, as the source of human survival enters the global marketplace and political arena. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments vie for control of our dwindling supply, prompting protests, lawsuits, and revolutions from citizens fighting for the right to survive. Past civilizations have collapsed from poor water management. Can the human race survive with a mindset like that?
Please contribute with your ideas on how to help – especially ideas that won’t need a lot of money!
Water, The World Water Crisis
The management and governance of water – the risks of polluted water
Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis
Some NGOs are helping regions with water scarcity to get access to clean water – have a look at what we could do to help: Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor
A World Without Water