Going Green Starts With Protecting The Blue.

November 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

So I know I’m no “Newhousian” who does things like this on a regular basis, but I decided that with all of the various projects I’m getting involved with, I needed to find a way to get the information out there.

So last night, I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of the PBS documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars (based on Blue Gold: The Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clark, which has been added to my winter-break to-do list,) presented some pretty disturbing facts. Now, while I’m a recycling nut and pretty keen on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, I never really thought much about our water supply. Of course, I knew about pollution and wanted to prevent that if I could, but what the documentary presented was not just about water quality, but about quantity, and those were pretty convincing. For instance:

> Only 3% of the world’s water is freshwater. Of that, we have polluted much of it beyond saving.

> In many Central African nations, no less than 25% of people are without access to safe drinking water.

> We mine 30 billion gallons of groundwater a day. That’s 15 times more than can be replenished in that same time period.

> The New River, on the US-Mexico Border, is so polluted with diseases (including TB and Cholera) that border guards will under no circumstances jump in to arrest those trying to cross the border.

Is this a problem? I think so.

These facts are certainly frightening. I think however, the most frightening things are those related to the privatization of water. From the Cochababma protests in Bolivia in 2000, to Lee Kyung Hae’s self-sacrifice protest against the WTO, in 2003 the effects of the privatization of water by multinational corporations has led to greater hardships than just a lack of water, which in itself is a travesty.

Want to know more? Here’s some links to help you out:

Watch The Film

Interview with Sam Bozzo, the filmmaker and activist who made and financed the movie

To-do list for water awareness from the film’s website

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