Avoid those purchased water bottles--where possible.Yes, one can readily see how the decommodification of water will be a boon to the poor everywhere.
The United Church's 39th General Council voted August 17 to discourage the purchase of bottled water "starting within its courts and congregations."
Meeting in one of its three decision-making commissions, the Council also voted to boldly affirm its conviction that "water is a sacred gift that connects all life," and the privatization of water must be avoided.
"Its value to the common good must take priority over commercial interests," said the Council. "Privatization turns a common good into a commodity, depriving those who cannot pay and further threatening local ecosystems."...
It voted to "firmly call upon our federal government to declare water as a human right, support municipalities in keeping water in public control, and resist any attempts by the United States to increase exports of Canadian fresh water under the energy proportional sharing provisions of NAFTA."...
The Council voted to receive for information the report "Water: Life before Profit."
18 January 2007
The Sacred Tragedy Of The Commons
Belated word comes from Canada that it is a sin to drink bottled water. The United Church of Canada (L'Eglise Unie du Canada) has decided that water is a human right and thus must be protected from profiteers and the United States:
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