April 5, 2012
The available fresh water on this planet is more
than adequate for our human needs, but runaway global warming, unchecked
toxic pollution, climate change, mismanagement and hoarding for wasteful
industrial uses, renders most of it unsafe for human consumption or simply
unavailable to the Peoples of this Earth.
Further Climate Change caused droughts and
precipitation shifts as well as humidity pattern changes, render the
seasonal rainfall uncertain and the melting glaciers cause further water
unavailability, rain loss, and desertification.
Add to this the increasing demands of a maturing
global population and the additional two Billion people entering our fold
and you have a crisis of real global magnitude.
According to the Environmental Parliament Report on the stresses
placed on the Environment by Human agricultural, industrial, and economic
activities, water is the number one issue. Because more than 66% of the
people of this Earth - fully two thirds of the world’s population - will
face acute water shortages as soon as the year 2025.
These water shortages are already present and
just a measure of it are the 75 million climate refugees this year alone
that have shifted, because of lack of access to water.
And let us not forget that the access to clean water is a human right as was
accepted by the United Nations general assembly back in 2010 after years of
lobbying by the Environmental Parliament to enshrine the right to,
Out of these three rights we have proposed to
United Nations, we now have the one. Water…
On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly
agreed to a resolution declaring the human right to,
“safe and clean drinking water and
Yet after establishing the Right to Clean
Water as a basic Human Right for human consumption and sanitation, we
are facing the most severe test ever.
How can we enforce such a right when all we have
is barely enough for one third of humanity only?
Because based on critical and conservative scientific modeling, water
scarcity is the name of the day. And fully 66 per cent of the world’s
population will face severe water shortages by 2025 and this concurs with
all the UN research and scientific studies, as well as all available data
from the IPCC.
Most of this water shortage is because of our
wasteful behavior towards our fresh water resources, from mismanagement of
our shared water wealth and from inequitable distribution.
Two weeks ago in Marseilles, the 6th World Water Forum took
place, and yet despite lagging attendance and Sarkozy being a no show, it
was a grand opportunity for multinational water corporations to solidify
their plans to further privatize water found in nature.
And this is a “Prova Generale” or a dress
rehearsal and a small preview of their incessant greenwashing efforts
scheduled to play large at the upcoming Rio+20 negotiations this June.
And thanks largely to Canada’s - environmental pariah - successful efforts
to weaken the language in the forum’s ministerial document regarding the
human right to water, because of their vast water commitments to the
Tar Sands industry, and as demonstrated by
the banking industry’s plans,
to integrate water trading into futures
to create derivative water-based
...the privatization of water has accelerated
dramatically, creating a setback for the critical human right to water as
resolved by the UN general assembly overwhelmingly back in 2010.
And because we have already seen the ‘casino of hunger’ created by
speculation on commodity crops, and we have seen the global food crisis that
caused millions to starve and was caused by a tidal wave of Wall Street
speculation, we remain skeptical of their goals.
Because now the same dismal economic interests,
are proposing the same type of financial mechanisms to create a supposed
‘green economy,’ while the real agenda is to create a speculative market
with the potential to create great wealth for the corporations and economic
institutions promoting this strategy, by hoarding the water that people need
to survive further intensifying the water stresses already at play across
At the opening plenary of the Alternative World Water Forum, which
drew approximately 5,000 attendees, the UN special rapporteur for the right
to water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, said,
"Be vigilant. The Marseille Ministerial
Declaration is already being used at the Human Rights Council in Geneva
to weaken the human right to water.”
These rights to water are inalienable and
We just need better interpretation and
application for the relevant people. And we must balance these interests
with those that allow the finance community and the markets to allocate the
water resources efficiently also.
At Rio+20, where global leaders will meet to make commitments towards carbon
reductions 20 years after the UN’s first Conference on Sustainable
Development, multinational corporations are playing a key role in lobbying
for the financialization of water and natural resources overall, complete
with futures markets and other derivative based financial instruments to
enable water speculation.
Yet, we must remember that we can’t survive a mortgage type crisis for
And further it’s not a green economy that these
interests are promoting, but rather it’s a greenwashing skewed economy. A
Greenwashing corporate effort which will do nothing to help mitigate climate
change, water shortages or other pending environmental disasters, but rather
exacerbate all of these human rights issues.
The looming crisis is so large that
wars are already taking shape on the horizon
damaging security and stability globally.
Yet most importantly people go thirsty as we speak…
What is there to do?
Note: Maybe we can start
thinking sustainably about our water wealth, as long term investors.
Sustainability in our water choices now and for the future is the key.
Investing in public water systems, conservation and recycling seems to be
the only answer.
As an example, Israel recycles fully 82 per cent of it’s water and leads the
way in conservation and efficiency of water wealth globally without any
privatization mechanisms for water.
Why not learn from this example?
And cleaning up our act goes a long way in
creating more water availability from presently polluted aquifers.
The reclamation and the clean up of the river Thames water system is a good
guide of what we can accomplish in twenty short