Who owns YOUR water??

Tara - posted on 01/02/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I watched this documentary last night, it's an hour long, split into 6 parts, the video says there are 9, but it's only 6.
If you have the time, watch it!!!!
It doesn't matter if you are democrat, republican, white, black, gay, straight, rich, poor, christian or not. This affects ALL of us and more importantly it affects our children and their children.
If you are American, find out who owns your water treatment plant. It's probably not your local government. Did you know in Kenya, the only water you can actually drink is Dasani? There are no filters sold in stores, there are no other bottled water options, there are no water coolers etc. so if you can't pay for Dasani, you drink contaminated water from a river full of disease... water is ours, only 3% of the water on the earth is fresh water.
Scary shit, but I say its necessary that everyone on the planet watches this film and start protecting our most important resource, cause none of us can live for more than 7 days without it.

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Oh i know people everywhere believe you can own water trees etc, but its just as much mine and yours as it is "the owners". EVERYTHING on this planet was given to all of us, to share, not to hoard so some become rich while others do without. The world....is backwards

Tara - posted on 01/03/2011

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Julianne, the fact is water is owned, in Paris, in Africa, In Bolivia etc. etc.
It is owned by the people who own the land that sits above the aquifer/watershed. And in many cases is taken from the rightful owners of that land with the promise of clean, more affordable and more regulated water... it doesn't happen that way.
It should be that nothing is owned, all should be shared and respected and taken care of..
One of my favourite quotes is
"We did not inherit this earth from our parents, we are borrowing it from our grandchildren." and what will leave them?
Empty lakes and rivers, desalination plants that take oodles of electricity to operate? And a planet wide failure of our ecosystems and therefore our food, our air, our plants etc. etc.
Watch the video and ask the questions, ask your local water supplier, your local government official, find out what is what and who is who, a lot of these multinational corporations operate under various names, all trying to distance themselves from their real agenda.
Sick, sick sick...

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no one can own water, or any other resource found in nature. Everything on this earth was given to all of us, no one can own land or sea.

Jenny - posted on 01/03/2011

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Dammit, I went to watch it last night and it was deleted. Off to youtube...

Tara - posted on 01/02/2011

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I just looked up Sunwater, and I still want to look more.
It's not just who owns it, it's what they do with it.
When water is transported large distances away from it's natural aquifer it changes the watershed entirely.
Australia needs to look closer at how their water systems are furthering the desertification of the whole continent.
You should watch the video, and then you will want to ask questions from Sunwater about YOUR water.
Read the part on Sunwaters site that says "Water for Sale."
Crazy shit.

Stifler's - posted on 01/02/2011

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Doesn't it cost money to treat water though? Sunwater (not a government authority as we can drink on dam property and not council property) owns the dam here and the water treatment plant and we have to pay our rates (the owner of our house does) or else we get our water shut off. As far as I know there's only one source of water, power and postal service in this town.

Tara - posted on 01/02/2011

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not even near, they are slaves to the corporate world whether they want to be or not.
I know about Monsanto a farmer I know in Sask. was fighting them for a long long time because they had a field of soya growing too close to a field of Monsanto soya. On their property by the way.
It's a scary though to think that the river I am currently looking at through my bedroom window could be owned one day....

Jenny - posted on 01/02/2011

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I think it's vital for a sustainable future to keep corporations on a tight leash. They cannot have unbridled access to our resources or it will have devastating consequences. I have moved back to tap water now. I bought into the bottled water fad for awhile but realised it was causing more harm than good. My money now goes to our municapal system instead of shareholder's pockets.

It's not just water either, corporations have increasing strangeholds on our food supply. Monsanto holds patents on seeds and even if they drift into a farmers field by accident they can be sued. Monsanto was a large contributer to the seed vault in Iceland. Food Inc. is a big eye opened on this issue.

It is very fucked up. If a family can not provide food and water to thier families without being under a corporate thumb, they are very near slavery.

Tara - posted on 01/02/2011

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Exactly Jenny, and while watching it I kept thinking about our McDonalds thread, and I've changed my stance a bit.
Corporate interests should not come before public interest.
It is a freaking scary movie all around. Watch it tonight and spread the word, this matters to EVERYONE!!!
There is one part where the price to buy a glass bottle of coca cola is cheaper than to buy Dasani water. Which incidentally is water taken from their own backyards, but is the only drinkable water available. Cheaper to buy a litre of coke in a plastic bottle than a litre of water...
Fucked up is the best I can come up with today.

Jenny - posted on 01/02/2011

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I have that one on my PVR but haven't watched it yet. I'm scared it's going to make me want to start firebombing corporations. Access to clean drinking water should be a right for ALL people.

Katherine - posted on 01/02/2011

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There are sooo many water debates. They have put so much into our water supply. Including Prozac. I think I posted here on the shrimp getting high and going towards the light and dying because of it.
Another one in China is Thorazine to prevent suicide. So not only is the water contaminated with disease it's contaminated by people purposely putting things into it.
I didn't watch the video, but will when I have more time.

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