Water Wars Addresses the Greatest Crisis Ever Faced by the Human Race
Water Wars: When Drought, Flood and Greed Collide begins with startling statistics about the world’s people and their relationship with water. 75% live at or below sea level, 2/3 of rural Africans do not have access to potable water, more than 884 million people around the world lack access to drinking water. 35,000 people a day die due to water-related causes.
The first area profiled is Bangladesh where the problem is too much water. There regular flooding accounts for many deaths--people and livestock--and it has the highest death rate due to floods of any nation. Sad footage of children’s corpses lined up on the street illustrate the losses suffered.Conversely, Bangladesh--in the dry season--suffers drought and water shortages. A focus on flood-displaced poor emphasizes the suffering of these people. One of the contributing problems is the dams in India which hold river water back during the dry season and allow flooding during the rainy season. Dry river beds emphasize the hopelessness of a country that needs water to survive but is deprived of it by its neighbor. Between 30-60 million people use hand-pumped ground water heavily tainted with arsenic.
Post-Hurricane Katrina footage shows a city underwater. Historic films connect problems the Netherlands has faced with New Orleans’ woes. Similar geographic conditions link these two areas with Bangladesh.
On July 29, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly voted to support a nonbinding resolution declaring access to clean water and sanitation as a human right. Canada and the United States were, shockingly, among the 41 countries abstaining from the vote. Considering that India has plans to build 40 dams that will prevent water from continuing to flow into Bangladesh, and the purpose isn’t that India needs the water, global action may be the only solution.
While Indian corporations convert water to energy to be sold to power grids, Bangladesh and its people will simply dry up and disappear. Knowing that one country has the capability and will to do this to its neighbors makes it easier to understand why many people say the next world war will be fought over water.Change.org|Start Petition