Friday, February 29, 2008
I know that water is running out. living in new mexico and being someone that is mostly conscious of and connected to my environment its hard not to know this. but even so, i found this story on Democracy Now very sobering. and informative as far as how it is that the corporate push to control what little water the planet has left is just exasperating the problem. apparently water is something like a 400 billion dollar global industry, 3rd only to electricity and ye ol' oil.
i recommend this story to everyone...unless you are some magic unearthly being that doesn't need water.
heres a segment from a new documentary called "F.L.O.W., For The love Of Water"
...PETER H. GLEICK: "For the longest time, people have taken water for granted. Most people don’t think about where their water comes from. They just turn on the tap, and they expect it to be there. Those days are ending.
MAUDE BARLOW: This notion that we’ll have water forever is wrong. California is running out. It’s got twenty-some years of water. New Mexico has got ten, although they’re building golf courses as fast as they can, so maybe they can whittle that down to five. Arizona, Florida, even the Great Lakes now, there’s huge new demand.
PETER H. GLEICK: The Nile River doesn’t reach its end. The Colorado River, the Yellow River in China, they, for the most part, don’t flow anymore to the sea.
MAUDE BARLOW: So this notion that somehow these problems are far away, get rid of that. You know, take it out of your head. You know, delete that. "
...on the positive side, if you can call it that, is what is coming to be known as the global water justice movement, the fight to control our local water sources and to restore the natural hydro-cycles and get water out of the hands of industry.