Sunday, January 25, 2009

'Nuff said

(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)

What we need now are guiding principles that set priorities for water. Water is a public trust that belongs to the Earth and all species. It is a basic human right. Yes, there is a commercial dimension to water. But the only possible path to a water secure future is based on the twin foundations of conservation and justice. All water use, public and private, must now serve these goals.

-- Maude Barlow (left), board chair for the D.C.-based nongovernmental organization Food & Water Watch, senior advisor on water to U.N. General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, and author of Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water (2007), in a recent San Francisco Chronicle op-ed about the right to water, an issue on which IntLawGrrls also have posted.


2 comments:

redwood said...

Here's the trailer for Blue Gold, the must see movie on Water,

http://www.vidly.net/blue-gold-world-water-wars-movie-trailer.html

Perhaps, after watching the movie, Marjorie Florestal can address the terror that 'free trade' has come to mean for the victims of the international water crisis.

I'm sure they're all laboring under a false consciousness.

Marjorie Florestal said...

Indeed I have been quite interested in Barlow's work. I believe the application of trade rules to something as basic as water is troubling to say the least. I do not support it.