Global consumption of water is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate of human population growth. According to the United Nations, more than one billion people on earth already lack access to fresh drinking water. If current trends persist, by 2025 the demand for fresh water is expected to rise to 56 percent more than the amount that is currently available.
The above title link leads to PDF of a paper by Maude Barlow from the Council of Canadians, and the IFG Committee on the Globalization of Water. And if that doesn’t get your attention this might:
The wars of the next century will be about water.
Ismail Serageldin, Vice-President of the World Bank
2025 – that’s only decades from now. Also check out the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke.
A real-life thriller about the corporate takeover of our most basic resource. Increasingly, transnational corporations are plotting to control the world’s dwindling water supply. In England and France, where water has already been privatized, rates have soared and water shortages have been severe. The major bottled-water companies: Perrier, Evian, Naya, and now Coca-Cola and PepsiCola, head one of the fastest growing and least regulated industries, buying up fresh water rights and drying up crucial reserves. Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, two of the most active opponents to this trend, show how the corporate giants act in their own interest and how, contrary to received wisdom, water flows uphill to the wealthy who can afford it.
In other words, if you think terrorism based on faith was bad, just wait until people have to fight for such a basic resource as water. Damn I new seeing Nestle on every bottle was not a good sign. Click here for all of my Nestle posts.