At a press conference on Friday, November 29, Minister-President Rudi Vervoort made an exciting announcement: as part of its commitment to becoming a Blue Community, the Regional government would re-municipalize sanitation services, which are currently provided through a P3. Minister-President Vervoort also committed to ban bottled water sales in all municipal facilities and events, and improve access to water by installing more public fountains.
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Maude Barlow and the Lord Mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter celebrate the city's commitment to the Blue Communities Project. Photo: Olaf Becker/München
Maude Barlow, founder of the Blue Planet Project and honorary chairperson of the Council of Canadians welcomed four German cities to the Blue Communities Project this week. The Blue Communities Project is a global initiative aimed at promoting local policies that recognize water and sanitation as human rights, keep water and sanitation services public and stop the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities.
Brasilia – The Fórum Alternativo Mundial da Água (FAMA) or Alternative World Water Forum concluded with a march today that saw 5-7,000 people from around Brasil and around the World take to the streets of Brasilia demanding an end to the privatization and commodification of water.
Compelled by a strong desire to take action, Amber and Diana worked out a plan to raise $10,000 USD for the Blue Planet Project by cycling across the country from Seattle to San Francisco and teaching yoga classes along the way.
I made a last minute decision to make a quick trip to Montreal from Ottawa because Divya, my eight-year-old niece, was excited about her end-of-year school performance at École Face. Divya felt I would be interested in this year’s water-themed show as someone who works on water policy issues. Although I was primarily there as a proud aunt, I was indeed quite impressed by the content of the show.
Chile’s water crisis is a lesson in the disadvantages of privatised water and sanitation services, but teachers from Ontario may be able to help. 95.8% of the population is served by private utilities – the most privatised water and sanitation in the world.
On this day five years ago, the United Nations formally recognized the human right to water and sanitation. Social movements who campaigned for it saw the human right to water and sanitation as a tool in the fight against a global water crisis.
The Detroit People’s Water Board is launching a telephone campaign in response. Tell Detroit & Michigan to turn the taps back on: Water is a human right!
The Blue Planet Project works in collaboration with communities and groups around the world to protect the water commons and promote water as a human right. In May, activists in Detroit approached Blue Planet Project founder Maude Barlow about families who were having their water shut off because they could not pay their water bills. After visiting Detroit and hearing firsthand from people struggling to keep water running in their homes, Maude Barlow and the Blue Planet Project joined with the Detroit People’s Water Board, the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, and Food & Water Watch to make a formal complaint to the United Nations regarding these human rights violations.
A report was submitted today to the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation decrying the gross human rights violations taking place in Detroit where thousands have lost their water connections.
The report, submitted by the Detroit People’s Water Board, the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, the Blue Planet Project and Food and Water Watch, calls on the State of Michigan and US Congress to fulfill their obligations to respect the human right to water and sanitation of the people of Detroit.