On November 6, Los Angeles will become the first major city in the United States to earn the designation of “Blue Community” – a bold move that will keep water protected from privatization. The Council of Canadians has been working with communities across Canada and internationally to pressure municipalities to commit to the Blue Communities principles.
The Council of Canadians has been working to secure these vital water rights through their Blue Communities campaign since 2009. “Protecting our water must be a global project," said Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow. “In the past 10 years we have seen this movement grow in Canada, Europe, South America, and now our made-in-Canada idea has made it in Los Angeles.”
The Blue Communities Project encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, recognizing that water is a shared resource for all, by passing resolutions that:
- Recognize water and sanitation as human rights.
- Ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events.
- Promote publicly financed, owned and operated water and wastewater services.
Los Angeles joins Paris, Berlin, Montreal, Munich, Zurich and 50 other communities from around the globe in becoming a Blue Community. This means close to 23 million people are now protected by the Blue Community pledge at a time of looming water shortages worldwide. The United Nations anticipates a 40 per cent shortfall in water provisions by 2050 if leaders do not radically shift the management of water to prioritize the human right to drinking water and sanitation.
In Los Angeles, Council member Paul Krekorian led the fight. “This designation recognizes the groundbreaking efforts Los Angeles has undertaken in the areas of water rights, water quality, access and conservation, while also committing ourselves to meeting the future water needs of all Angelenos,” said Krekorian. He authored three resolutions that specifically address these issues and will be presented for a Council vote prior to November 6.
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