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Quotes from Shiva’s Water Wars

Hi, I’m sending this to every one I know because I really do believe that water is something we all need to be more mindful of. I hope you will take a look at the information below about bottled water and maybe do some research of your own on water privatization.
The world is changing fast, there are lives in the balance of things many of us take for granted. Water like Air is essential for life, lets do all we can to protect water, this elemental necessity.

In her book, Water Wars, the Indian author Vandana Shiva lists nine principles underpinning water democracy. At least two of these principles are directly compromised by the privatization of water. Point number four states that “Water must be free for sustenance needs. Since nature gives water to us free of cost, buying and selling it for profit violates our inherent right to nature’s gift and denies the poor of their human rights.” When private companies try to make large profits through high water prices, it denies the poor the inalienable right to the most necessary substance for life.

In accordance with this fact, point number seven states, “Water is a commons. . . It cannot be owned as private property and sold as a commodity.” How can one justify claiming water as their own through contractual agreement while letting another human being go thirsty? Water is a commons because it is the basis of all life. Water rights are natural rights and thus are usufructuary rights, meaning that water can be used, but not owned. As far fetched as water ownership may seem, it is happening at an increasing rate around the globe. This paragraph is from the Water is Life Homepage.