Podcast VI – Who does our water belong to?
We’re awfully sorry, but this podcast is recorded solely in our mother-tongue German.
BUT there’s still hope for those of you, desperately trying to grasp how people cope with drinking water from around the world: you can check out our interviews that are in English. And read our summary of the latest episode below. Additionally you can listen to the music used in this episode so that you can at least get some vibes from our travels – you can find it at the end of the article. :-)
It’s a fact: at the moment there are enough sources for drinking water in Southeast Asia to provide humans, nature, industry and agriculture. Nontheless some parts of society still don’t have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The problem lies within the insufficient infrastructure being exacerbated by the irregular economic growth, a rapidly growing population and climate change. Solutions must be found on a policy-making level – but what if the political will or the public governance are too weak for the realization of such policies? Southeastasia is only one example for a region where the human right for water is not yet reality. All around the globe 2.1 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water due to water scarcity and poor water management of governments. Instead of potent solutions by the ruling powers there is an ongoing global striving towards liberalization, that doesn’t stop at the commodification of our water. Neoliberalism means that everything becomes a commodity but if water sources and water supply systems are not safe from privatization global water justice cannot be archieved.
*the original podacast was aired on the 25th of march on the local radio station radioflora there is also loads of good music in our podcast, but since we don’t have the licences from GEMA thus having to fear tremendous penalties if we upload the songs on our website we can only help you out with this Spotify playlist to get in the mood of Southeast Asia.