Water sharing is a necessity for peace among nations because water is a necessity forlife. Water shortage causes conflict. Peace among all the world's peoples depends onour ability to share water resources.The deprivation and control of water by private interests is a source of poverty, ofinequality, of social injustice, and of great disparities on our planet. The internationalgoverning bodies have failed to make water a priority, meanwhile, one billion people inthe world are currently being denied their basic right to safe drinking water. It was onlylast year, in July of 2010- after more than 35 years of intellectual discourse among ourrepresentatives, that the United Nations finally publicly obliged to declare water a basichuman right. (
)Research suggests that the world already has the finance, technology, and capacity toend the water crisis. The world is not running out of clean water but millions of peopledo live in areas of mounting water stress due to the effects of industry and capitalism.Competition for water will surely increase in the decades ahead, if we do not acceptresponsibility for the current situation, and make the necessary adjustments. If we allowthe privatization of water to continue, 1.4 billion people who live where waterconsumption exceeds recharge capacity will suffer, along with the respectiveecosystems. The right to clean water is blatantly being controlled by a minority. Crossborder conflicts could continue to intensify and break out into more open warfare."Ensuring safe drinking water and sanitation world-wide would save the lives of 1.8billion children each year, and grant dignity to over 2.6 billion people who live withoutsanitation." (
We must ensure environmental sustainability in order to ensure peace, equality, andfreedom on planet Earth. Over 1.6 billion euros a year are spent on health systems inorder to treat water-born diseases world-wide, when universal access to basic waterand sanitation would prevent them. The amount of money needed to give universalaccess to clean water is spent by our governments on their military hardware in lessthan one month's time. While in rural West Bengal, India, huge advances in sanitation,health, and community development have been achieved at incredibly low cost.A decade ago, on World Water Day of 2001, the UN Secretary General challenged theworld to solve the water crisis, and for the last thirty years, EU law has beenincreasingly replacing national legislation concerning water use and protection.Community-wide standards for water protection was part of the first wave of EU politicsin the 1970's, followed by health-related directives such as the Drinking Water Directive,as well as legislation covering certain polluting economic activities. While theenvironmental directives have in the past helped to continually improve and secure theposition of municipal water supplies by introducing protection of water sources, theintended new wave of economic legislation is likely to excerpt the opposite effect.