Article 31: The Right to Water

You know that feeling of stepping away from an experience—be it a conversation, film, speaker, or totally fleeting interaction— and finding yourself energized in ways you couldn’t have anticipated, thinking “wow--this is why I do what I do”?

Such was my reaction to “Flow,” the award-winning documentary on the dire and worsening state of our global water supply. Confession: I was borderline skeptical going in. After all, I feel like I’ve been living and breathing (but definitely not drinking!) bottled water for the past few months, and while I knew the film had gotten rave reviews, I wasn’t too sure how much new information it would offer. I was totally, completely humbled.

Director Irena Salina brilliantly and powerfully takes viewers on a journey around the globe to see firsthand the environmental, human rights, and political effects of privatized water systems. From India to Michigan to Bolivia, Salina forces her audience to confront the heart of the issue head-on: as one interviewee states in the film, if we’d be appalled by the idea of owning and charging for air, how do we justify doing so for water?

This basic, yet grossly unactualized idea of clean, safe water as a right, not a privilege, has inspired the movement behind Article 31. Article 31 is a proposed addition of “Right to Water” to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The full text of the Article reads:

“Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstance.”

Please take a moment to read and sign the petition to adopt article 31.

Thank you for all that you do!

Click here to find Flow at a theatre near you.

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