The Water File: Scarcity, pollution, corruption

Marc Laimé,
396p, Threshold, 2003.

water shortage

At the dawn of the 1,4st century, our societies are paradoxically confronted with the same problem as at the end of the 15th century: ensuring that all human beings have access to drinking water. Over XNUMX billion people around the world lack safe water. More than XNUMX million human beings die from it each year. The shortage is killing. But this shortage is compounded by worrying behavior. From "common good", water has become a commodity for the benefit of conglomerates who want to make profitable their colossal investments. France has a special responsibility here, since our country is home to the two leading global companies in the market. A vigorous protest movement is fighting for access to drinking water to be recognized as a fundamental human right. In France itself, in addition to the catastrophic pollution caused by intensive agriculture, the exorbitant prerogatives of an overpowered industry and their opaque financial practices from which consumers and taxpayers suffer are debated. But reform projects are turning into legislative sea snakes. Like food safety and industrial risks, water today constitutes a major issue in terms of the environment, public health and democracy. No government will be able to continue to ignore a realistic and generous policy without lying.

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