Water is a basic human right, the right to survive. "Blue Gold" reports on various powers trying to take control of the public's water for profit and control. These powers fail to realize that people will not allow their water to be taken. People fight, because they must.

In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an exponential level as population and technology grows, resulting in the desertification of the earth.

Corporate giants profit by forcing developing countries to privatize their shrinking water supply. Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes to turn a global catastrophe into a product. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain, military control of water emerges, and a new geopolitical map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars.

The good news is that people everywhere have fought and will continue fighting for their basic right to water, from Michigan court cases to violent Bolivian revolutions, from Mexican awareness Caravans (right) to Maine citizens dumping bottle water back into their river (above left), or even third graders protesting in grade school - People fight, because they must.

Mexican citizens, faced with severe water shortages, form Caravans to bus around the country and share information on each other's water problems, uniting the effort to force the government to act.

Deleted Scene from "BLUE GOLD: WORLD WATER WARS"

Awareness of your own water supply. Fighting the local battles. Supporting organizations who are able to fight the global battles.

As an individual, you can only fight local battles. Support the below organizations who are fighting the global battles to change the laws and keep water a human right.

Take Action:

  1. Contact the organizations below.
  2. Offer your support financially, through volunteer work, and by signing the campaign petitions.
  3. Ask them for recommendations of local organizations you can join.

Learn about the world water crisis and history of water conflicts.

Knowledge is power.

Take Action:

  1. Read Blue Gold Water News daily
  2. BBC Water Crisis site
  3. Pacific Institute Water Conflict map
  4. UN Water Statistics

What watershed do you live in?

You know your state, city, street, and country. Know the name of the waterhole which you depend on for survival. How can you protect it if you don't know it?


Take Action:

  1. In the USA, click here to find your watershed based on your zip code.
  2. All other countries, click here to find your watershed.


Who owns your water? Are they taking care of it?



Take Action:

  1. Call your Water Utility (phone number on your water bill). Ask them if they are run by the government or a private company. If the later, ask who?
  2. Is your water provider properly taking care of your water? Food & Water Watch can tell you.


Take control of your water.



Take Action:

  1. If your water utility is privately owned, organize your community to stop it. Contact one of the organizations listed in #4 for guidance or aid on how best to organize your community action. As "Blue Gold" demonstrates, many others have already organized and are fighting the battle. Get in touch with them and learn from them.
  2. Ask the organizations if there are already local groups in existence. If so, join them.
  3. Write your local government to protect the public water and maintain control of it for the public.
  4. Read the rest of this Action Plan site for specific guidance on each area of the crisis.
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