Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Asheville has great water; but will this always be the case!

41 country's abstain from safe water
The United States abstains from declaring safe water and sanitation as a basic human right under UN resolution. To much to loose?
Asheville has has some of the healthiest fresh water reservoirs in the country and we take for granted that this will always be the case. Don't be so certain! 

Today is a day worth noting in human history. A non-binding UN resolution was passed today that proclaims safe water and sanitation as basic human rights. I have long been an advocate for declaring safe water as a basic human right; along with the other two necessities for sustaining life- safe food & safe air. It’s the trinity of survival; Air, Water, Food; everything else is non-essential. I believe that this trinity of survival should be an inalienable right for all human beings; regardless of cost or degree of challenge. 
41 county’s including the United States chose to abstain. I am eager to hear the reasoning behind the decisions. I would venture to make an educated guess and preempt the coming disclosures as being politically motivated on behalf of the citizens. They will proclaim inadequacies and lack of clearly defined rolls and responsibilities governments. The reasons will be relative to potential liabilities, costs and burdens. What you won’t hear is how they don’t want to loose their rights to sell water or relinquish control of it for profit and power. UN record of vote Introducing a draft resolution on the human right to water and sanitation (document A/64/L.63/Rev.1), the representative of Bolivia said that human right had not been fully recognized: read more

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