Looking at the state of our world today, it is hard not to get depressed about the world we are living in. We frequently hear reports on the news about famines, environmental degradation and conflict over resources. Our own greediness, over indulgence and disregard for the planet has contributed to the state it is in.
From a UN report more than 1.1 billion people lack access to safe water and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation and of anticipated water wars, the UN figures suggest that there are around 300 potential conflicts over water around the world.
In typical capitalist pursuit, the effects of short term economic gain and self interest have led to conflict over water; a resource that should be free and abundant to all.
Competition for land and water is already underway and many countries are negotiating deals around the world. For instance, Saudi Arabia is investing in Sudan, Turkey and Kazakhstan and Qatar in Cambodia in order to secure rights over water. The UAE and Kuwait have already made investments too and China has been the largest 'investor' into African resources. This sounds huge alarm bells for possible conflict in the future similar to conflict over oil resources and especially intra Islamic conflict.
Just as with food, land and oil there exists unequal and oppressive water distribution regimes. For example, whereas Israelis get four times as much water as Palestinians, two thirds of the water consumed in Israel comes from the occupied territories, whilst nearly half of the Israeli water installations are located in areas that were not part of its pre 1967 zone.
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