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Drinking water, clean air and food for all

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Read about the Global Ministry on Water Resources.

There is a need to add a sociological, political and anthropological dimension to current debates on the sustainable use of water in the world. More specifically, the impacts of human activities on the management of water supplies can have on local populations.

In order to continue living as a species and achieve sustainability we must re-establish our connections with Nature.

The Global Community should develop and implement a program for the restoration of the hydrological cycle on all continents and the cooling of the planet. The effect will be to stop the drying out of continents.

The Global Community stipulates that air and water are fundamental human and Earth rights. For centuries we have found it necessary to control water so as to have it where we wanted it. Despite our efforts, large areas on the planet still suffer from drought, and others from flood, due partly to the nature variability of climate to change fast than it used to, and this is now impacting on the availability and distribution of water. Our fresh water sources are already being used and yet, the world population is increasing rapidly. This increase in population and the increase of pollutants in our drinking water sources have created conflicts which will only become more and more serious in the near future. In numerous places in the world drinking water sources are rare, sometimes non-existant, and sometimes were polluted by transnational corporations from our industrialized world and which companies became rich by mining or manufacturing products in those countries. Should anyone be allowed to control our freshwater resources? Is freshwater a 'human and Earth right' or is it a 'human need'? Should water resources be privatized and commodified for profit? Or should water be declared a 'human and Earth right' in the Charter of the Global Community? Is it no true that water is just as important to an individual as the air we breathe? Freshwater is needed and is a human and Earth right. So is clean air! The Scale of Human and Earth Rights shows how and where these rights should be included with respect to all other human rights. Because of an ever-increasing global population and of human impacts on the natural environment, freshwater resources have become essentials to human life and to all life in Earth. There is an urgent need to protect these resources and for integrated understanding of lakes, wetlands and flowing waters.

The Global Community stipulates that air and water are fundamental human and Earth rights. Because of an ever-increasing global population and of human impacts on the natural environment, freshwater resources have become essentials to human life and to all life in Earth. There is an urgent need to protect these resources and for integrated understanding of lakes, wetlands and flowing waters.

Every person needs Oxygen to live so clean air is certainly a primordial human right by our very nature.

Fresh water resources and clean air are at least if not more important to every human being than any other human rights ever listed in any charter of any society. If there was a scale of values to be drawn where would you insert these two human rights?

Human rights are those that individuals have by virtue of their very existence as human beings: to live, eat, drink fresh water, breath fresh air, have shelter. Just as human beings have human rights, they also have moral, legal responsibilities and related obligations and accountabilities. Every person needs Oxygen to live so clean air is certainly a primordial human right by our very nature. A large part of our body is made of water and we could not live without water; therefore water is also a primordial human rights by our very nature.

Fresh water resources and clean air are therefore proposed to be categorized as human and Earth rights on the Scale of Human and Earth Rights.

On the Scale of Human and Earth Rights, primordial human rights and the protection of the global life-support systems (ecological rights) are on top of the Scale. They are the most important aspects.

Primordial human rights are those human rights that individuals have by virtue of their very existence as human beings:

  1.     live
  2.     safety and security
  3.     eat
  4.     drink fresh water
  5.     breath clean air and
  6.     have shelter.

These rights are separate categories than ecological rights, the right of the greatest number of people, economic rights, social rights, cultural rights and religious rights. Ecological and primordial human rights are the only rights that have existed unchanged throughout the evolutionary origin of our species. Any major change would have threatened our very existence. All other human rights listed here are rights created by human beings and can be changed depending of new circumstances; they are not stagnant but are rather flexible and adaptive, and they can evolve. Ecological and primordial human rights of this generation and of future generations are therefore much more important than any other human rights existing now and in the future.

Primordial human rights are necessarily human needs but not all human needs are primordial human rights.

Nevertheless there are very specific primordial human needs. First there are the material needs, the requisites for a dignified life and truly the primordial human rights:

  •     safety and security
  •     eat a balance diet
  •     'clean' energy
  •     a 'clean' and healthy environment
  •     drink fresh water
  •     breath clean air
  •     basic clothing and
  •     have shelter.

Then there are the nonmaterial needs which can evolve, and are flexible and adaptive:

  •     social justice
  •     basic health care
  •     communications facilities in the community
  •     well-rounded education
  •     cultural protection
  •     spiritual and religious acceptance and
  •     human and Earth rights


 

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