18 Mar The right to water: World water scarcity makes the right to access a key question
As we enter into yet another spring facing a global water crisis, March 22nd marks the United Nations designated World Water Day. The UN reports an estimated 1.1 billion people still rely on unsafe drinking water, despite the fact that since 1990, 1.6 billion people have gained access to safe water. Vandana Shiva, author and environmental activist, believes, “Water wars are not a thing of the future. They already surround us.”
Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, droughts, water pollution, and a global population explosion charged the warnings and notions for the water wars many predicted. And while world-wide water shortages are being blamed on climate change, mismanagement, corruption and contamination play large factors in who has access to clean drinking water. Obtaining water rights is a high political priority and lobbying for water human rights is major popular movement and Alberta is no different.