Tuesday, 17 April 2012

21st Century colonialism, it comes in bottles.

Water, I have been here before but in light of recent news I feel the need to revisit it once again.
It makes up 70% of the earth and 70% of your body, it gives us life and is why our beautiful planet is called the blue marble, yet we sell and trade it as a commodity in a £2billion pound bottled water industry and worryingly this has now been stepped up a gear with water being traded between regions in the UK for the first time as a commodity.

The first time I saw a tanker transporting water on the ocean I knew that the world had officially cracked. The madness of transporting drinking water to people, on top of the multi-billion pound bottled water craze was enough for me to confirm it, so for the past few years I have tried to highlight this lie to the people around me with mixed success.

Thankfully being in a minority of one does not make you crazy.

NestlĂ©, Coca Cola and Pepsi pump millions of litres of water a day from the earth, bottle it, ship it and then sell it back to you at 1900 times the cost of tap water. You would have to be pretty heavily indoctrinated to accept this as a useful use of a life essential resource. If you want to know what these companies think of the bottled water hypermarket and us then look no further than Robert S Morrison from Gatorade's parent company Quaker Oats (part of the Pepsi Cola company) who claims that "our biggest enemy is tap water."

Water is seen by the elites as an economic good and not a right. How can this be? Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights covers the right to life and, water being the very essence of life is therefore by default, a right of every human on the planet and not a commodity for a few wealthy people to make money from. In the movie 'Total Recall' the story went that the inhabitants had to pay for their air from a corporation.
Is it much of a stretch for the imagination to see that something very similar is about to happen with our water?
If you were making over £2 billion in the UK market, or $11.5 billion industry in the US in 2007, would you want to let go?

There are places and sources you can get information on these criminals such as the documentaries "Tapped" available through Vimeo or "Blue Gold-Water Wars" available through Top Documentaries or YouTube. I have of course mentioned these documentaries in previous blogs, if you have not watched them yet then I highly recommend them.

I shall leave you with some interesting facts;

783 million people live without access to clean drinking water (11% of the global population)
2.5 billion people live without access to sanitation- about 35% of the global population.
1.4 million children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation - 4,000 child deaths a day or one child every 20 seconds. This equates to 160 infant school classrooms lost every single day to an entirely preventable public health crisis
(WHO/Water Aid/Unicef)

Colonialism comes in bottles

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