Thursday, July 29, 2010

U.N. General Assembly Adopts Resolution Recognizing Access to Clean Water, Sanitation as Human Right

122 nations voted in favor, none against, and 41 nations abstained. Among the abstentions were the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Israel. For text of U.N. press release, see: U.N. General Assembly Press Release

It is argued that some nations oppose such a proclamation because it may interfere with "free markets" seeking to promote privatization and commercialization of fresh water resources.

What we can do: every bottle of water we buy promotes privatization and commercialization of fresh water resources. It in turn erodes the publicly-owned utilities that provide population access to fresh water.

Support local, state and federal measures to assure free access to safe drinking water. Encourage local communities to provide and maintain public water fountains. Use environmentally sound, long-lasting refillable containers for water. Discourage the mass distribution of bottled water.

See also: Blue Planet Project

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