A World Without Water
A WORLD WITHOUT WATER. 4
A WorldWithout Water
Water is the most importantresource in the world. All human beings, animals, and plants cannotsurvive without water. Access to clean water is,therefore, aright of every individual.The water resource isthreatened byvarious factors such as global warming which results in drasticclimate change and drought in several places on earth. Water hasbecome scarce,and this has led to problems. AWorld Without Water isa documentary that seeks to examine the issues surroundingwater and the effect of privatization on the communities, theecosystem, and the entire human population on Earth(True Vision, 2006).
Among the issues addressed inthe film are privatization of water, lack of sufficient water forpeople in some areas, global warming,and climate change and the effect of depletion of the water resourceon the ecosystem. The greatest problem is the privatization of water.This issuestood out since it has diverse effects on individuals, the ecosystemand the entire world. A possible solution to this predicamentwould be to stop privatization of water resources. Water is anessential to every living being and should,therefore, beavailable for use by every individual. The United Nations shouldrequire that water should be made public. The nations would then haveto use public funds to provide clean water free of charge. Thiswould be effective since it would ensure that the whole humanpopulation will not have to suffer due to the actions of privatecorporations with the aim of making a profit.It will also ensure that everyone has access to clean water (TrueVision, 2006).
Corporationsshould not privatize water.The increase in global water shortage has influenced the commodifyingof water. Those who can afford to pay for it have access to waterwhile those who are unable to payfor it suffer.The commodification of water means that the price of water can beincreased in anunregulatedmanner to boost profit. Thishas resulted in the high water connection fees and the costof water. The private companies who take part in the exploitationof water resources also threaten the ecosystem. Companies such asCoca-Colause up significantamounts of the water resources without letting the water back intothe cycleresulting in a decrease in thewater table in areas where they have their processing plants.This water has gathered beneath the earthin millennia.Therefore,the consuming of suchlargeamounts withoutputting any of it back into the earth depletes the water from theecosystem without the possibility of renewal (True Vision, 2006).
The effects of privatizationof water are numerous and adverse. Most of these effects aresocioeconomic in nature. For instance, the privatization of water hasled to a lackof sufficient water by the communities. The farmers who rely on waterto cultivate crops and feed their families cannot do so due to lackof water. Lack of water also contributes to social stigma. Vanessacould not make friends since other pupils did not want to associatewith her claiming that she was filthy. People who cannot afford thewater are forced to drink and use contaminated water which bringsabout diseases and death of children. About 3900 children die everyday because of lack of clean water. The only positive effect ofprivatization of water is that cleanwater isguaranteed tothe individuals who can afford it (True Vision, 2006).
In conclusion, privatizationis the biggest problem facing water as a resource. Thedesire to make aprofithas become more important than serving the needs of the people in thesociety. Water has become blue gold which is exploited and sold tothe ones who can afford it. Thisleaves those who cannot pay for water to suffer from disease anddeath. Therefore, policies should be put in place to remove controlof water resources from the grasp of corporations. Clean water shouldbeprovided toevery individual in the same way security is provided. No person paysthe police to keep them safe and so they should not have to pay forsomething as essential as water. It shouldbe made available asit is essentialto not only humans but also all other living organisms.
TrueVision. (2006, April 26)AWorldWithout Water.[Video File]. Retrieved fromhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBS16Du2yhk
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