The Fight For Water Justice

Published 05.07.12


Kontext TV broadcast with Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians/Blue Planet Project, Right Livelihood Award Laureate among others. Barely two years ago after extensive struggles from social movements the UN General Assembly declared access to clean water and sanitation a human right. However, still nearly 900 million people worldwide have no access to clean water. The overuse and contamination of freshwater reserves through industry and agriculture, climate change, privatization, and land grab threaten the future supply of water – particularly for the poorest populations in the global south. To deal with the future of the world’s water supply two large forums were held in Marseille in March. On the one hand the World Water Forum which encompasses besides private enterprises also UN authorities and governments. Since its formation this forum has been subject to increasing criticism because it is said to unilaterally serve private profit interests. For this reason for the third time the Alternative World Water Forum took place, a forum in which non-governmental organisations, social movements, and water activists from all over the world took part. Kontext TV was on site and spoke with participants of both forums about the root causes for the upcoming global water crisis, the effects of destructive technologies like fracking, and the role of social movements in the fight for water justice.


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