Family stuff is happening these days, so I'm not able to keep up here as I once was, but I have been following the rapid approach of World Water Day, which occurs this Sunday, March 22. To that end, I thought I might link you all to some articles around the web that might give you a broader understanding of the problems involved in water rights and water availability throughout the world.
- CHILE: Why "Free-Market" Water Rights Just Don't Work
An article about the water struggles in Quillaqua, Chile by The New York Times illustrates how badly wrong a water rights policy can go.
- CANADA: No Princes in the Water Rights Game Either
Now, you'd think that a country with a fairly solid human rights record (in the main--I know no one's perfect) would be a little quicker to agree that clean water is a basic human right. Not so much. Luckily, you can tell the government just what you think of that.
- AFRICA: Coca Cola Equals Fresh Water?
The Coca Cola Company has pledged $30 million dollars to fresh water projects in Africa. Now if they could just stop wasting the world's water by bottling it and shipping it across the globe.
- USA: We Solve Our Problems on Film
The Environmental Protection Agency is running a contest for films that will inspire the nation's people to protect our lakes and wetlands.
- New American Dream, which is holding a webinar on water rights this coming Monday.
- This list from Business and Human Rights Resources which provides more links to more water info.
- FLOW: For the Love of Water is a documentary film on the global water crisis. It's available on Netflix, if you're like me and are too lazy to seek it out in a theater or rental store.