Water is vital for life and its growing scarcity is a threat to all life, particularly the world’s poor. Since World War II, contaminated water has killed more people around the globe than all wars and other forms of violence combined.
Contaminated water is the result of increased pollution, increased water demand, and the corporate control of water access.
On July 28th, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognizes access to clean water and sanitation as a human right. The resolution called on States and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and transfer technology, particularly to developing countries, in scaling up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.
Despite their reticence, privileged of nations must accept their responsibility to help others gain equal access to clean water and sanitation.
© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.
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