Why A declaration of clean water ?
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 it is slipping right through our fingers. Without clean water to drink we will die in as little as two days.
Dirty water is every bit as deadly as no water at all.
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.
Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.
Why a Ban? Can Regulations Make Fracking Safe?
No. Fracking is inherently unsafe and we cannot rely on regulation to protect communities’ water, air and public health. The industry enjoys exemptions from key federal legislation protecting our air and water, thanks to aggressive lobbying and cozy relationships with our federal and Provincial decision-makers (the exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act is often referred to as the Bill c -45 Loophole, because it was negotiated by the-Conservatives a incentive for foreign trade. the preservation and enhancement of CANADA'S water environment. numerous global crises are revealing more than ever a sickening corporatocracy that OIL AND GAS , lies, subverts and legislates to guarantee profit, power and privilege for the few at the expense of the people and the Earth.It’s a system that employs continual warfare (pre-emptive, false-flag, illegal and otherwise); the killing of millions of people through these wars, poverty and tyranny of all kinds;
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.
Natural gas is being touted by the industry and its tail-wagging politicos as clean and cheap, the “magic bullet” for our energy problems. Before we swallow such hype, however, let’s just note that the process is named “fracturing” for a reason — it’s inherently destructive, dirty—and way more costly than the market price of the fuel and our Government admits.
The threats to Canada's Groundwater from development in the Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Migration and Hydraulic Fracturing ARE REAL.
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.
"Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. 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.
Water depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination has become one of the most important issues facing humanity this century."
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.
"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
IT'S OFFICIAL STEPHEN HARPER IS PRIVATIZING OUR "PUBLIC WATER"
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
"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
"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
"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, it is 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
a human right ?
WATER THE REVOLUTION
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