There is a huge push to force Canada to sell water as a commodity... its probably best for Canadian activists to be doing some gentle education for US activists if we want to educate the US about water issues & the impacts to regional ecology,
before the US media & divisive politicians begin to accuse *Canadians* of hoarding (aka, 'how dare you reserve the right to not trade or commodify!') a human right... which should be an essential commodity of trade for 'American Interests'... obviously, the US has corporate interests best suited to managing the resources for those backward, dumb & selfish Canadians...
Beware when the US citizens are told they're getting screwed out of their entitled waste by some 'UnAmerican' barbaric subhumans... they go from being all cute & cuddly to being 'Americans First!' with shocking rapidity. If we don't educate them about ecological balance, even the liberal US activists will be baying for 'their entitlement', no matter the cost to global or continental ecological sustainability. Yes, Canadians use a per capita massive amount of our own water, don't think that US citizens don't think its better used to pour on the lawns of their Rich, while trumpeting the life-threatening impacts to the Poor.
Water will be one of the *most* effective divisive wedges that conservatives can use to drive liberal Canadians from US liberals, while keeping conservatives & corporations at the ready to make a killing in privatization.
You didn't think those Predator drones were to keep US guns out of Canada, did you?
Climate Change, Water, & Risk
Current Water Demands Are Not Sustainable
Climate change will have a significant impact on the sustainability of water supplies in the coming decades.
A new analysis, performed by consulting firm Tetra Tech for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), examined the effects of global warming on water supply & demand in the contiguous United States.
The study found that more than 1,100 counties -- one-third of all counties in the lower 48 -- will face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming. More than 400 of these counties will face extremely high risks of water shortages.
Published on Friday, July 16, 2010 by Inter Press Service
Water as Human Right Threatens to Split World Body
UNITED NATIONS - A long outstanding proposal to recognize the right to water as a basic universal human right is threatening to split the world's rich & poor nations.
A long outstanding proposal to recognise the right to water as a basic universal human right is threatening to split the world's rich & poor nations. (photo by Flickr user Gary Edenfield)
Opposition to the proposal is coming mostly from Western nations, says Maude Barlow, a global water advocate & a founder of the Canada-based Blue Planet Project.
"Canada is the worst. But Australia, the United States & Great Britain are also holding up the process," she said.
"I am loath to see this as a North-South issue, but it is beginning to look like it," Barlow told IPS.
If the draft resolution is eventually adopted by the 192- member U.N. General Assembly, "it would be one of the most important things the United Nations has done since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," she said.
The two-page draft, described as "historic", recognizes "the human right to water & sanitation," & is being initiated by Bolivia. ...