The right to water and water literacy

I just watched the movie Flow: for love of water (Director Irena Salina), which has some pretty powerful statistics and stories in it… I’ll definitely avoid bottled water now! And, if you were ambivalent about our government’s discussion about water asset sales, this will certainly interest you….

The discussion I hadn’t thought of in connection with current water usage is the discussion around dams… Apparently somewhere between 40 and 80 million people were displaced during the 20th century by the construction of large dams – and, as you will imagine, while they were all promised housing etc., it didn’t come through. It’s definitely worth sharing, this film.

They are putting out a petition asking the United Nations to add the Right to Water to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: http://article31.org/  The suggested article reads:

Article 31:

Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstance.

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About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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