Help Us Prevent the Next Global Water Crisis
By Kate Fried
March 22 may not be a date that means something to everyone, but around here it’s one of our favorite days of the year. That’s because today is World Water Day, when we reflect on the importance of freshwater resources and advocate for their sustainable management. It’s really not a lot different than any other day of the year, but on World Water Day, we’re reminded more than ever of the momentum behind the global effort to protect our essential water resources.
This year on World Water Day, we’re fired up over fracking. In the United States this controversial form of energy extraction has wreaked havoc on rural communities, polluting drinking water, destroying property values and endangering public health. But apparently this isn’t enough for the oil and gas industry, which has its sites set on conquering lands abroad as well.
Now, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is getting in on the action as well, further fulfilling the Obama administration’s apparent desire to cozy up to the oil and gas industry by suggesting that Bulgaria join the natural gas rush. Too bad for her the Bulgarian Parliament recently voted 166 to six to suspend shale gas exploration.
To celebrate World Water Day and to protect water abroad, we’re reminding Secretary of State Clinton that people everywhere need access to safe, clean, affordable water and energy plans that offer clean, green, sustainable power, not ones that destroy water and cause a mess of public health problems.
Take a stand for fresh water and join us in reaching out to Secretary of State Clinton. Ask her to protect our allies overseas, not do the oil and gas industry’s dirty work.