Flow: For the Love of Water
By Jim Carey
Since 1993 the United Nation’s General Assembly has designated March 22 as “World Day for Water.” Occupy San Miguel celebrates that day Monday, March 24, 2014 at 1:15pm in the Quinta Loreto Hotel, TV room Loreto 15, with the award winning documentary: Flow: For the Love of Water. How did a handful of corporations steal our water?Film and discussion at Occupy San Miguel Flow: For the Love of Water Mon, Mar 24, 1:15pm TV room Hotel Quinta Loreto, Loreto 15, Centro
Though water covers our world, more than 97 percent is salty. Two percent is fresh water locked in snow and ice, leaving less than one percent for us. “This precarious molecular edge on which we survive,” to quote Barbara Kingsolver, will only grow more precarious. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live where water is scarce.
There’s a battle going on for the source of this life, our water. Our corporate media isn’t saying much about it, but across the globe citizens are struggling against transnational corporations like Nestle and Vivendi, which are seizing the dwindling fresh water supplies. It’s an absolutely critical topic that this film explains in an informative and inspiring fashion. “Flow” takes us to Bolivia Cochabamba!: Water War in Bolivia, South Africa, India Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit, Michigan and beyond; and introduces us to the people who are being harmed by corporate tyrannies that are claiming the water of their land. Big businesses are making a fortunes as they pollute or divert water supplies, or bottle it for sale at prices that the world’s poor cannot afford.
As citizens of our planet, how can we protect the water, our ultimate commons? Are there countries exploring new frontiers? Ecuador has become the first nation on earth to put the “Rights of Nature” in its constitution so that rivers and forests are not simply property of the wealthy but maintain their own right to flourish. Under these laws citizens can file suit on behalf of an injured watershed, recognizing that its health, touching us all, is crucial to the common good. This film is free and will be followed by a discussion.