Monday, April 28, 2008

Our Political Leaders Are to Blame in World Water Crisis


This isn't a new topic here at SPIIDERWEB™. Its a dead horse we continually beat because its a serious issue which isn't treated as such by most and especially the media.
As Barlow's new book shows, the world does not lack the knowledge about how to build a water-secure future; it lacks the political will. This piece originally appears in Maude Barlow's Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water and is published here with the permission of The New Press. Available now at good book stores everywhere. © 2007 by Maude Barlow. So here, then, is the answer to the question, Can we run out of freshwater? Yes, there is a fixed amount of water on Earth. Yes, it is still here somewhere. But we humans have depleted, polluted and diverted it to such an extent that we can now actually say the planet is running out of accessible, clean water. Fast. The freshwater crisis is easily as great a threat to the Earth and humans as climate change (to which it is deeply linked) but has had very little attention paid to it in comparison [like climate change does get a lot of attention -ed].

The headline links to the source.

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