Why A legal Binding declaration of clean water ?
Canada's Clean Water Is At Risk . Corporations are designed by law to behave like clinical psychopaths, valuing profits above any and all other concerns, period.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the lack of access to clean water is the greatest human rights violation in the world. The fact that water is not now an enforceable human right has allowed decision-making over water policy.
Canada has blocked even the most modest steps toward international recognition of the right to water and has worked behind the scenes to derail advancement toward a binding instrument.
Mankind has worked hard to master nature -- water specifically. We've bent rivers and even reversed their flow; we've drilled into the deepest aquifers and are still busy emptying them despite the poisons they hold; and we've created technology to even conjure it up from thin air. Yet despite this willful attempt at mastering water, we're finding that our human rights to clean water is slipping through our fingers.
Water depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination has become one of the most important issues facing humanity this century.
None of us would long tolerate having our access to clean water cut off.
It’s time for us as a nation to recognize the right we take for granted .
The world should start paying attention to a more basic issue: Industrial development and Fracking is an incredibly water-intensive process, and there isn’t that much to go around.
What does recognizing clean water as a human right mean for countries?
Maude Barlow, chair of the Council of Canadians, says in her essay Our Right to Water that when water is a human right it creates three obligations for a nation: the obligation to respect, the obligation to protect and the obligation to fulfill.
The obligation to respect means the government can’t take action or make a policy that interferes with its citizens’ right to water. So, for example, no one can be denied water for drinking and sanitation because they cannot afford water fees or taxes.
The obligation to protect means that countries must ensure no one else interferes with the water rights of their citizens. For example, they must not allow private companies or local governments to pollute water supplies or prevent citizens from accessing water.
The obligation to fulfill means that countries must take any additional steps necessary to meet their citizens’ need for water. That could mean, for example, improving or increasing public water systems.Banning fracking practices , Safe guarding our ground water and aquifers.
Environmental devastation - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada , its effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England, Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.
Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world.
The pollution in our water resources are having serious and wide-ranging effects on the environment and human health. The immediate effects of water pollution can be seen in water bodies and the animal and plant life that inhabits them. Pollution poisons and deforms fish and other animals, unbalanced ecosystems and causes a reduction in biodiversity. Ultimately, these effects take their toll on human life. Drinking water sources become contaminated, causing sickness and disease. Pollutants accumulate in food, making it dangerous or inedible. The presence of these toxic substances in our food and water can also can lead to reproductive problems and neurological disorders.
.. The Flint water crisis explained
For almost two years, there has been a water crisis in Flint, Mich. The problem has been gaining more and more attention over the past few months, and on Jan. 16, President Obama declared a state of emergency for the city.
Many people in this Rust Belt city have been consuming tap water contaminated with lead, which is a powerful neurotoxin. Lead poisoning can produce lifelong health effects, and developing children who are exposed to lead even at low levels are at risk of brain damage, behavioral problems and learning disabilities.
The issue stems from a money-saving measure for the impoverished city, where 41 percent of the 100,000 residents live at or below the poverty line. A state-appointed emergency manager was put in place in 2011 to help save money, and one solution was to find a cheaper water source. Flint had been purchasing Lake Huron water through Detroit. Plans were made to join a new regional water system that would supply tap water from Lake Huron at a better price, however, that project wouldn’t be completed until 2016. So, in April 2014, the city was switched to the local Flint River as a temporary water source until the regional water system was finished.
There were complaints right away: The water smelled, tasted and looked funny. Soon, some Flint residents developed rashes, hair loss and other health ailments. Officials consistently assured residents that the water was safe to drink.
Evidence of a problem kept building, including the discovery of contaminants like E. Coli, a leaked Environmental Protection Agency memo, independent studies that found high levels of lead in the water and research by a pediatrician showing that the percentage of the city’s children with elevated lead levels had doubled since water sources were switched.
Local and state officials acknowledged the crisis in October 2015, and Flint returned to using water from Detroit. The Michigan National Guard arrived to help distribute bottled water, filters and testing kits, but the damage had already been done to the people and the pipes.
The Flint River water is extremely corrosive, and the older water service lines in Flint contain lead. As a result, the caustic water leached lead off of the pipes and into Flint households. According to federal regulations, the water should have been properly treated with an anticorrosion agent, but it wasn’t.
Many activists believe the situation was mishandled and the fault lies at local, state and federal levels of government. Some are even calling for Gov. Rick Snyder’s resignation.
The Flint water crisis in 10 points
1. While the Children in Flint Were Given Poisoned Water to Drink, General Motors Was Given a Special Hookup to the Clean Water.
2.For Just $100 a Day, This Crisis Could’ve Been Prevented.
3. There’s More Than the Lead in Flint’s Water.
4. People’s Homes in Flint Are Now Worth Nothing
5. While They Were Being Poisoned, They Were Also Being Bombed.
6. The Wife of the Governor’s Chief of Staff Is a Spokeswoman for Nestle, Michigan’s Largest Owner of Private Water Reserves.
7. In Michigan, from Flint water, to Crime and Murder, to GM Ignition Switches, It’s a Culture of Death.
8. Don’t Call It “Detroit Water” — It’s the Largest Source of Fresh Drinking Water in the World
9. ALL the Children Have Been Exposed, As Have All the Adults, Including Me.
10. This Was Done, Like So Many Things These Days, So the Rich Could Get a Big Tax Break.
Past, Present and Future
Water toxicity experts estimate that roughly 10 per cent of Canadians are at risk of being exposed to lead through their drinking water as Americans in Flint, Mich., grapple with an ongoing drinking water scandal.
Research funded by the Canadian Water Network estimates that about 60,000 households in major cities across the country still have lead service lines connecting the home to the municipal water supply.
Senior researcher Graham Gagnon says each member of those households could find themselves consuming lead, which the study says is unsafe for human consumption in any quantity.
Gagnon, who serves as director for the Centre of Water Resources Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, says lead service lines can also be present in smaller communities and in larger buildings such as schools.
Exposure could also come about through buildings using fixtures, faucets or other components containing lead.
But Gagnon and others say Canada’s cities have recognized the risks and made a concerted effort to decrease the number of lead pipes in their systems in recent years.
Gagnon believes such efforts may protect those cities from the sort of lead poisoning crisis unfolding in Flint, though adds communities that haven’t launched replacement projects are at greater risk.
Continue Reading >> https://ipolitics.ca/2016/01/31/flint-mich-is-not-alone-lead-is-in-canadian-pipes-too-experts-say/
IT'S OFFICIAL STEPHEN HARPER PRIVATIZED OUR "PUBLIC WATER"
"The Harper government has gutted every regulation and law we had in place to protect our freshwater supplies. Now this deregulation is locked in as corporations from Europe as well as the U.S. can soon claim to have invested in an environment without water protection rules and sue any future government that tries to undo the damage." -Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
"Harper’s second monster budget bill dismantled environmental reviews, gutted the Fisheries Act, eliminated wildlife habitat protection, repealed the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, reduced the powers of the auditor general, dissolved the Public Appointments Commission meant to fight patronage, and restricted food safety inspections. Thousands of lakes and rivers are not covered any more by the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the Environmental Assessment Act has been shredded, and fish habitat protection disappeared from the Fisheries Act."
Harper government shuts down Canada's 'groundbreaking' freshwater research station http://bit.ly/1fDju48, http://bit.ly/1dzVxsA
"Stephen Harper pulled the plug on Canada's greatest freshwater defender and scientific achievement: the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA)" http://bit.ly/1e7KAPP
Stephen Harper's government is using free trade deals to allow foreign interests to privatize our Canadian water supply, and is using foreign policy to make sure that we have NO RIGHT TO WATER. >http://yhoo.it/18d0yDP
Harper’s water privatization
Why is Harper Letting the EU Profit From Canadian Water? >http://huff.to/yw24It
"Rather rather than providing the funding needed for First Nations water infrastructure needs, the Harper government has instead seen privatization as a quick fix for the water crisis in First Nations communities and has promoted public-private partnerships through its federal budgets." >http://bit.ly/pbsWGh
Stephen Harper Conservative's effort to privatize Canada's municipal water and wastewater systems, and the threat this poses to the accessibility of safety public water for all Canadians. >http://yhoo.it/18d0yDP
Why is Harper Selling Canada's Fresh Water Supply to corporations? http://huff.to/1cOaTbt
"About three years ago, the Harper government tied funding to municipalities for new water infrastructure to public-private partnerships. Most people don’t know about it, but it’s quite dangerous because it locks municipalities to a private model" http://bit.ly/19bt90J
Council of Canadians Condemns Harper's Sponsorship of Water Privatization Conference >http://bit.ly/18djeUe
'Why Canada's Water Is At Risk' by Maude Barlow
National Chairperson, Council of Canadians >http://huff.to/QEtGO0
'Fractured Land' depicts First Nations' fight to save water from oil and gas industry http://bit.ly/1cOkpeO
"So, at one extreme you have indigenous, tribal societies trying to stem the race to disaster. At the other extreme, the richest, most powerful societies in world history, like the United States and Canada, are racing full-speed ahead to destroy the environment as quickly as possible." — Noam Chomsky >>http://bit.ly/18UaUgF
"First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet." http://bit.ly/15MpCoE
'Indigenous communities against fracking like the Elsipogtog First Nation are on the frontlines of defending water and the land FOR EVERYONE' >http://bit.ly/17asTRa - CommonDreams.org
New Brunswick fracking protests are the frontline of a democratic fight >http://bit.ly/174vwlb -Guardian
Its safe to conclude since Justin Trudeau has never replied to our petition, or addressed water in his election campaign we are defending our inherited rights to clean water with this Liberal majority, that has for the most part supported the conservatives actions over the last decade. I for one will not gamble on my /our nations grand-children's futures with unicorns and rainbows to secure a legal binding instrument for future generations the basic human rights to clean water.
"Freed of the distractions, we will be left with a single question. Do we obey provincial dictates that grant a Foreign company license to pollute the water in Canada? Or the laws of Indigenous peoples, of the Supreme Court, and of our conscience, calling us to protect it? The answer will tell us everything about the kind of country we will have."
My name is Michael Dallaire" I believe there is magic on this planet, its contained in water and in the hearts of Canadians we all share this magical thread that connects mankind to the land our heritage".
Do you foresee a day when water is legal binding a human right ?
LETS WATER THE REVOLUTION
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