Tue, 04/10/2012 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Maude Barlow – Not a Drop to Drink
Maude Barlow – Not a Drop to Drink (lecture)
Many know Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and its famous “Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” Perhaps less known is Mark Twain’s, “Whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting.” Today, the UN warns, “Too often, where we need water, we find guns. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie over the horizon.” Once empires were fueled by spices, the fur trade, silver, gold, and ivory, and in recent decades it’s been all about oil. Now, water is seen by corporations as the next big thing. This precious resource is being rapidly commodified. Instead of being humankind’s common heritage and right it’s becoming the private property of giant multinational conglomerates.