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You are invited to WATCH THIS MOVIE “Flow-Water Privatization”
How Did A Handful Of Corporations Steal Our Water? Water is the very essence of life, sustaining every being on the planet. ‘Flow’ confronts the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and greed just may be the cause.
Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question “CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?”
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
With nearly $800 billion in drugs sold worldwide, pharmaceuticals are increasingly being released into the environment
The “green pharmacy” movement seeks to reduce the ecological impact of these drugs, which have caused mass bird die-offs and spawned antibiotic-resistant pathogens. by sonia shah As Pharmaceutical Use Soars, Drugs Taint Water and Wildlife by Sonia Shah: Yale Environment 360.
Water is Now seen as a Commodity rather than a Basic Right
While some may assume that technologies often make women’s lives easier, it is rare they there are panacea for poverty, especially since water is increasingly scarce and expensive..
6.7 billion people along with wildlife, ecosystems, agriculture and industries share the less than 1% of the world’s freshwater that is potable and accessible for use. And this small amount is rapidly depleting due to climate change; increased contamination; and escalating need by people, farms and industries for daily use.
The increasing scarcity and privatization of water means a number of things for women. First, as private companies gain ownership rights to freshwater sources, women who could previously walk to them to obtain water are now being restricted from or even charged money for doing so.  Second, companies who purchase sources bottle the water to be sold rather than allowing local access to it, as it’s more profitable to do so. Even when companies build and make available taps to local municipalities, they sell it at costs that are prohibitively expensive, especially for poor women.  And since there is no substitute for water and water is absolutely necessary, without regulations, corporations can charge what they want for it, and people have no choice but to pay, if they can. (more)
The drought which has hit East Africa is wreaking havoc among the region’s pastoralists. Their herds of livestock have been decimated. Even the hardy camels are dying.
They were sitting in the sand and lying among them were dozens of emaciated goats – concave with protruding ribs.
“I had a herd of 100 goats but just in the last month 40 have died,” said Esther Ekouam, who had walked about 15km (10 miles) and had to carry her goat as it was too weak to make the journey.
“Now the children are very weak because, as the animals are dying, they are not getting enough food. This is the worst drought we have had here since 1969.”
New York Times Magazine contributing writer Peter Maass spent eight years following the flow of oil around the world, from fields in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia, Venezuela, Nigeria, and Azerbaijan to corporate boardrooms. His new book, Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil, uses stories from these locales to show why the lucrative resource tends to be very bad for the people who live above it.
Desalination is vital in providing the region’s cities with supplies of potable water. But the process itself is pouring more and more brine back into the sea, raising the question of whether the technology will one day cease to be economically feasible.
Never mind peak oil, or even peak water: Some experts are pondering the possibility of the UAE’s development being limited by “peak salt” – the notional point at which the Arabian Gulf becomes so salty that relying on it for fresh water stops being economically feasible
The National http://tinyurl.com/mp3qdz
Water – Our Life’s Blood
The Monsoon is Late, the wells are running dry and the water supply is now a deadly issue in Bophal, India.
A TASTE OF OUR NEAR FUTURE –
WATER, WATER, WATER! $ $ $ $ $
“The United Nations has been warning for many years that water shortages will become one of the most pressing problems on the planet over the coming decades, with one report estimating that four billion people will be affected by 2050. What is happening in India, which has too many people in places where there is not enough water, is a foretaste of what is to come.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/12/india-water-supply-bhopal
Personal Care Products entering our water and our bodies – and dolphins!
Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical found in soaps, personal care products and other consumer goods, is contaminating our waters, marine life and our own bodies.
I could not have said it better myself. I keep writing about the fact that everything that goes down our sinks, into our ground water and what we put on and into our bodies ends up in our water and cycles back into ourselves and nature. Dan Shapely recently wrote a great article in thedailygreen.com “Is your hand soap contaminating dolphins?” I am reprinting it here below.
The answer he says, is probably yes, if you live along the coast where bottlenose dolphins swim, according to a new study.
“Researchers, according to a synopsis in Environmental Health News, tested dolphins in South Carolina and Florida waters, and found triclosan, an antibacterial agent, in the blood of bottlenose dolphins.
“How could this be? The waters tested have sewage plants, and the water flowing out of our Read the rest of this entry »
Dear Mr. President:
Please stop Monsanto – and their bedfellows – They’re killing us and our planet- and now the four companies—Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont, and Bayer—that own the global market for GM seeds/pesticides/insecticides are colluding and combining technologies . http://tinyurl.com/klgeyh
Surely this is approaching an anti-trust and monopoly issue? Too big to fail?!
The ongoing battle between GMO, pesticides and insecticides and Organic farmers clearly shows that Monsanto has all its bases covered in case of lawsuits from farmers, some due to crop spraying drifting onto organic farms. (shell corporations with no assets) Monsanto can squash an organic farm with one waft of the wind. This article explains a little about one incident http://www.grist.org/article/2009-07-16-an-iowa-cropduster-can-squash-an-organic-farm/
Mr. President, while you’re working so hard on health reform, I respectfully request you look into the causes and preventative health measures that requires the Monsanto’s (and the Dow’s) of our world to stop poisoning our planet and food and water supply making tens of millions of people sick, all over the planet, with cancer and other horrible terminal and life-threatening illnesses, driving up medical costs because it is in our food, water supply, household products, personal care items, etc.
And that includes our children who are exposed to these GMOs, artificial hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and insecticides even while in the womb, creating weakened immune systems and resistance to antibiotic treatment: Article: Drug-resistant bacteria were eating holes in the lungs of 7-week-old Madeline Reimer of Batavia. The most powerful antibiotics available could not stop them.
BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 17, 2009 (ENS) – A joint Customs initiative across Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Africa has netted more than 30,000 tons and 1,500 pieces of illegal hazardous waste in 57 seizures, ranging from household waste and scrap metal to discarded electronic goods and used vehicle parts.
Between March and May 2009, Customs agencies from 64 countries worked together to target the illicit cross-border shipment of hazardous and other waste en route from Europe to countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa.
The 50-day operation, code-named Operation Demeter, was coordinated by the World Customs Organization Secretariat. http://tinyurl.com/mxv4yv
Already prices for many food items are creeping upwards. “It would obviously mean there is going to be less demand for other consumer durables and other things that would be perceived as more luxury items rather than basic necessities,” says A. Prasanna, head of research at ICICI Securities Primary Dealership
Mountaintop mining legacy: Destroying Appalachian streams. The environmental damage caused by mountaintop removal mining across Appalachia has been well documented. But scientists are now beginning to understand that the most lasting damage may be caused by the massive amounts of debris dumped into valley streams. Yale Environment 360