Not a Drop to Drink + The Corporate Takeover of Water
Maude Barlow - Not a Drop to Drink
Many know Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner and its famous "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink." Perhaps less known is Mark Twain's, "Whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting." Today, the UN warns, "Too often, where we need water, we find guns. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie over the horizon." Once empires were fueled by spices, the fur trade, silver, gold, and ivory, and in recent decades it's been all about oil. Now, water is seen by corporations as the next big thing. This precious resource is being rapidly commodified. Instead of being humankind's common heritage and right it's becoming the private property of giant multinational conglomerates. There are no two ways about it. As Auden wrote, "Thousands have lived without love-not one without water."
Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow - The Corporate Takeover of Water
Remember Pete Seeger's classic song, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" A new version of that may be "Where Has All the Water Gone?" Scientists have identified large areas of the planet as "hot stains," that is regions of the earth running out of clean, drinkable water. Our most precious natural resource is imperiled. Rising demand along with fetishes with green lawns, golf courses and endless showers are all part of an appalling lack of conservation. Depletion of aquifers, rivers and lakes shrinking and drying up, pose serious threats to our collective well-being. Water for millennia was considered an integral part of the commons, for the public good, not owned for private use and profit. All that is changing now with ominous consequences. Corporations are sweeping down and literally buying water. A major crisis is not far away.
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