WATER! It is THE issue BIG Industries and their complicit regulators don't want you to even consider as an issue. The UN declared access to clean water a human right last year... The U.S. doesn't concur.
UN News - 28 July 2010 –
"Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights, the General Assembly declared today, voicing deep concern that almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water... The Assembly resolution received 122 votes in favour and zero votes against, while 41 countries abstained from voting."
The US was one of the 41 absentee votes. article elaborating excerpt -
U.S. diplomat John Sammis told the General Assembly that the resolution "describes a right to water and sanitation in a way that is not reflective of existing international law."
VT4Evolution response - Isn't that the point? To declare it a human right and start the process of establishing it as international law?
A few recent articles on the Water Issues -
Bacteria levels in Lake Champlain are within safe limits for swimming, state officials said Friday.
Concerns over possible contamination from flooded sewer systems and manure runoff from farms prompted testing of popular swimming sites during the past two weeks by the departments of Health and Environmental Conservation and Vermont State Parks.
one reader commented: I’m having a hard time understanding that with all the rain water that we have had in the past month that the beaches are safe to use when in a normal year the beaches seem to open and close periodically because all the bacteria levels are so high. The amount of runoff has to be staggering from all the farms, roads, sewers,and parking lots. Is the system flawed, are we being told the truth about the numbers?
I still haven’t seen any report on the sewage spill that the City of Burlington did in the end of April or the beginning of May( 3,500,000 gallons) What has happened to the almighty EPA or the State enviromentalists? How come they haven’t been held accountable looking into this? Seems that if an individual or a company did this dasterly deed they would be on the doorstep the next day with a hefty fine and asking what will be done to cleaned it up.
WHITING — When Gov. Peter Shumlin issued a surprise veto of a bill that would require all new residential wells be tested for a variety of toxic elements, he said he wanted to avoid levying a mandate on Vermonters.
He said most Vermonters’ water was as clean as could be....
It would take months for his frantic family to piece together that it was the water he was drinking at his grandparents’ Whiting home that had done this to him. That crisp, clear water contained arsenic...
Vermont cities and towns are struggling to overhaul their aging water systems, and the state says almost every one of them needs some kind of upgrade.
In Rutland, for example, most of the drinking water pipes were installed before 1900. Now those pipes are in desperate need of repair because they've failed repeatedly.
But as VPR's Kirk Carapezza reports, repairs are an expensive proposition...
Rutland has more than 30 miles of underground pipes. Many were installed before the Civil War
Earlier this year, I was contacted by a PR firm working for Dow Chemical to contribute a 60-second video for The Future We Create virtual conference on water sustainability the company launches today. As a vocal advocate for strict regulation of toxic chemicals—especially for food and farming—I was surprised the company would approach me. Dow is the country’s largest chemical maker, and profits handsomely from developing some of the world’s most polluting products, many of which are widely used in industrial and consumer goods as well as agriculture.
In the video I submitted, which you can watch below, I stress that one of the greatest threats to clean water is chemical contaminants—and that Dow Chemical has a long history of water pollution. The PR representative e-mailed to say “unfortunately we can’t use your video,” but that she would be happy to include me, still, if I would consider re-recording it. When we discussed what that would mean she said, no “fingerpointing;” they wanted a “positive, inclusive discussion.”
The video - youtube=http://youtu.be/xT2GElHIuJ8
We started hearing about water wars in 2002 with the notorious case of the conflict in Cochabamba, Bolivia where a scheme to privatize water distribution backfired dramatically and perfectly illustrated everything that seems wrong with globalization: a semi-peripheral government in debt, the World Bank steps in and demands privatization of everything, only one very large transnational corporation steps up and gets a sweet deal (low price, 16% guaranteed profit, ownership of private wells), reduces service and enormously raises prices on water. Activists and indigenous people fight back. The government represses.
Well, it appears that Italy is having a referendum today on the possible privatization of water (on top of voting to getting back to nuclear power and giving Berlusconi more immunity).
Italy is not the only place where water is at issue. The Patagonia region of Chile is also facing unrest and government repression over the possible construction of hydro-electric power plants.
There is a system currently working on providing water to the people from our own water source and thus tries to make crores of rupees profit in our state, even without the knowledge of the people’s representatives, said Dr. Kshithiz Uras from Action Aid Company, Bangalore. He was speaking on a debate held on the advantages and disadvantages of water privatization, organized at Kundapura Purasabhe new Community Bhavana.
With a slogan 24x7, a American team of water trading company namely U.S. Water Trade Mission, is looking to capture our country’s water with a expectation of 50 Billion dollars profit in the next 5 years. As per them, 24x7 means 8 hours and this company will be benefitting 2.50 lakhs crores from our state. United Nations instigated this business and pressurizing that if the financial help is required from the World Bank then these rules have to be complied.