When I was researching this month’s PLoS Medicine editorial arguing that clean water should be recognised as a human right my colleague Larry Peiperl sent me this quote by W.H. Auden: Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
I love it.
I also discovered a great many NGOs and charity groups devoted to raising awareness about the global water crisis and to fighting the corporatisation of water. These include Water Aid, Food & Water Watch, and Maude Barlow’s Blue Planet Project. For anyone interested in learning more about water issues, Maude Barlow‘s books and speeches are your first stop.
My favourite research was spent watching a most extraordinary documentary that I would highly recommend: Flow: For Love of Water
After seeing this film I pledged to NEVER buy another plastic bottle of water, and I haven’t yet.