FLOW: For the Love of Water
About Water (all taken from the above website, listed under the 'about water tab')
Of the 6 billion people on earth, 1.1 billion do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.(www.charitywater.org)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently does not regulate 51 known water contaminants. (www.foodandwaterwatch.org)
While the average American uses 150 gallons of water per day, those in developing countries cannot find five. (www.charitywater.org)
The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.(www.water.org)
According to the National Resources Defense Council, in a scientific study in which more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of water were tested, about one-third of the bottles contained synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic. (www.nrdc.org)
Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil. CBS News, FLOW.
There are estimates that from five hundred thousand to seven million people get sick per year from drinking tap water. Erik Olson, Deputy Staff Director of Barbara Boxerʼs Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW), FLOW.
Californiaʼs water supply is running out - it has about 20 years of water left in the state.Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant and co-author of Blue Gold, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, FLOW.
There are over 116,000 human-made chemicals that are finding their way into public water supply systems. William Marks, author of Water Voices from Around the World, FLOW.
From Democratizing Biology by Vandana Shiva
At the heart of the debate within the documentary Flow (which prominently features Shiva) is that privatization (read: for profit) is unethical and that water should be considered a human right for everyone. It has been a while since I've watched the entire video, but it is pretty mind blowing. Like Food Inc, another film that someone already blogged about, this film shows the financial incentives for those interested in basically owning resources and making a profit and the real harm this does to all of us. Essentially water resources are being exploited at the cost to all of us. Not only are we wasting water in many 'developed' countries, we are also buying potentially unhealthy (or at least the same as tap water) bottled water from companies who have been successful marketers of the 'product'.
How can we work water rights into the conversation of democratizing biology? What is different about water rights vs. agriculture (GMO's/organic/local/seed saving/etc.)?