The main issue that I’ve
been focusing on in my blog was the effects of water privatization. When water
is privatized, whether in a developing nation or an already developed nation,
the poor and minorities are the most affected. The poor and minorities are the
most affected by water privatization because the companies that own the water
increase the water rates while the people continue their same everyday jobs.
This means that although they were already suffering from poverty, they now have
to pay even more for the same water that they could barely afford before.
Through my cultural ethnic studies class I learned that people around the world
are affected by water privatization, not just one state or one group of people.
Because water is essential, everyone that cannot afford safe water is affected,
not just the men or the women. Children suffer the most from water related
health issues like diarrhea. Everyone should understand that while capitalism
rules today’s world there should be a limit when multinational corporations turn
a human right into a commodity. The question I raise is the title of my blog,
“What is the true price of water?” What will it take for the world to recognize
that multinational corporations kill millions of children alone each year when
they make safe water too expensive for their families to afford? Through my
research I’ve found that most multinational corporations have huge influence on
local governments and their policies with the support of the World Bank and
International Monetary Fund. This is the hardest part of the system to overcome,
the large financial dependence on outside sources which require the
privatization of all public services. This is where corporations choose profits
over people. The only hope for the people suffering from contaminated water and
people around the world who support them to organize their thoughts and ideas
and demand political change for the protection of human rights. The best way to
achieve this goal is to spread the knowledge of water privatization to everyone.
This is the first step to organizing the thoughts of all supporters and
eventually overcome the exploitation of a human right.