A United Nations vote to recognize water as a basic human right is a “historic” chance for the global community to ease human suffering, according to a Canadian activist in the thick of a last-ditch lobbying effort.
“We’re running out of water and the crisis is getting worse,” Maude Barlow said Monday from New York, on the eve of a vote expected as early as Wednesday at the UN General Assembly.A "commodity"? How awful. You mean like, say, oil? (Why is it that the Barlows of the world never claim that access to fossil fuels should be a "human right". Must be because they're so keen on finding alternative fuel sources to stem calamitous climate change, right?)
“If we don’t make a statement that we don’t want entire populations left behind, what does it say about us? About our humanity?”
Barlow, former senior adviser on water at the UN and chair of the Council of Canadians citizens group, is optimistic the resolution will pass by majority vote.
However, it appears powerful nations — including Canada — either will not support it or will push for a version that Barlow says would continue to allow water to be bought and sold as a commodity..
Could somebody puh-leeze hose Maudie down with some of the wet stuff? From the sounds of it, her alarmism is set to make her spontaneously combust.