America’s Water Problem

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“I can’t believe we’re going to have this conversation. I can’t believe that this planet has been beaten by a viral spread of humans to the point where the very gifts the planet gives us have been rendered into poison, or perhaps worse yet, expropriated only for profit.

Water is a requirement for life. It is any individual’s right to have access to clean water, for free, regardless of any other concern. To withhold water in any fashion should be a crime. To charge people for the water that the Earth provides should be a crime. To contaminate any water source should be a crime. The solution to any water problem has to be a response to corporatism and politics at the end of those doing the damage, as well as education for those of us currently suffering due to a mere lack of water. The water problem, like all our major concerns, is wholly concerned with money and the making of it. We needn’t worry about protecting our resources from the thirsty, we need to protect them from the greedy.”

The preceding two paragraphs are from an essay I wrote in 2013 On Water, it is the examination of one Canadian’s view on what is a global problem, the systemic ruination of our most important resource. The issues experienced by places like Flint, Michigan are not unique or even rare. Now it seems every state east of the Mississippi has lead in their water and the government is lying about it. In the recent past, our search for oil and natural gas has rendered our taps into flame throwers and these are all just the things that are happening in our own backyard, saying nothing about what we do to other nations.

These issues continue to be the product of greed. If the water supply is, shall we say, in need of correction and the people charged with maintaining the water are lying about its safety, they are in fact poisoning the public. They don’t do this merely in an attempt to protect their positions or to solely allow the gears of industry to roll on unhindered. There always has to be money involved. It is too expensive to even consider reasonable solutions, such as don’t poison the fucking water in the first place. They should be considered criminals. At any rate, they certainly don’t have a time machine, so they just lie to the public and hope no one notices.

Of course we always notice. The new problem becomes one of necessity. When one’s water becomes undrinkable, it is already too late. America’s water problem is not simply because an industry shat in its employees’ fountain, it is a product of everything that is wrong with the world today. Lack of foresight is tantamount to doom. Capitalism is easily perverted because money will always bypass empathy and ultimately, people take the path of least resistance.

We have the same problem up here in Canada, Lil’ Baby America, trying to ruin its western provinces burning dinosaur bones. Giving fresh British Columbian water to Nestle for free. We are not exempt up here, we have idiots too, so don’t get all defensive. I just want to know what we’re all going to do about it. We simply cannot allow those charged with protecting the resources required for survival to fail, in any way, at all costs. I don’t yet know what that means exactly, but I reckon it has something to do with thinking, planning and taking actions appropriate to stewards, rather than like dogs who know not when to cease eating.




Brian C. Taylor is a writer of fiction, criticism, philosophy and for film as well as a filmmaker.

He has published 7 books since 2010.

His production company En Queue Film has produced many short films and one feature, Battle at Beaver Creek.

Brian lives a quiet life in a small farming community in western Canada with his wife.

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"The reason I do what I do is simple and complicated at the same time: I believe there is a great disparity in the quality of human life which is entirely caused by greed, prejudice and fear. Most of my work is a commentary upon this fact, or a critique of it, or an attack on it."

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