Blue Gold – The Water Wars Begin

The presidential race has been depressing. As the candidates bantered back and forth on issues related almost exclusively to the economy, two of the most critical issues of our time went completely silent. Climate change and the corporate takeover of the world’s drinking water were never even mentioned.

People know very little about the corporate takeover of our drinking water, despite that it’s one of the most serious problems we face. We are seeing it played out first hand in South America with countries like Bolivia and Uruguay fighting for the basic right to retain access to their own fresh water.

Since we left the US we’ve had to buy bottled water in every single country we’ve been in, and so does everyone else. Why is this? Why don’t people have access to safe drinking water?  This WILL affect you sooner or later, if it hasn’t already. Here are some interesting facts to chew on.

Did you know?

the most valuable resource on the planet is FRESH WATER.

-the biggest investment opportunity on the planet is also… FRESH WATER.

Water has become an ENORMOUS corporate business.

Did you know?

Fresh water is a FINITE resource.

I didn’t know this. Like most people, I assumed  there would always be fresh water. I assumed the rain cycle replenishes fresh water.  And it does–to a point–but not infinitely. Man’s actions have amplified the finite nature of this cycle. We must educate ourselves about the earth’s water cycle.

In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an exponential level.

The rampant over development of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth.

Did you know?

Because fresh water is finite, the supplies are being bought up by huge corporations.

All over the world, corporate giants are forcing developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit. Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain. Military control of water has emerged and a new geo-political map and power structure is forming, setting the stage for world water wars.

Did you know?

The world water conflicts have already begun.

For instance, one of the main reasons behind the Israel-Palestinian conflict is control over FRESH WATER

Did you know?

Huge portions of the world’s population ALREADY do not have FRESH WATER.

Due to the control and greed by corporations who own the water rights and the protection of corrupt governments like the USA, millions of people have no safe drinking water.


Did you know?

-Drinking water is not a choice. It’s a HUMAN NECESSITY.

So these people are forced to drink whatever water they can find. This is not just happening in Africa. It is happening in Russia, Asia, India, and South America. This is becoming a worldwide catastrophe.


Did you know:

-There are numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water.

From court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, “This is our revolution, this is our war”.


A line is crossed when water becomes a commodity.

What do you think?

Will we survive?

Once they own our water, they own us completely.

What can you do? EDUCATE YOURSELF.

Please rent or download the documentary, Blue Gold. Available on itunes, Amazon, and the internet.

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  1. It’s profoundly disturbing to me that even in my home town, Bellingham, WA, (one of the most pristine environments left in the U.S.), many people choose to drink BOTTLED water because they feel the public water is not healthy. And it’s not. We allow our water to be polluted by agriculture, industry, and neglect – and then privatized so that corporations can make even more money selling it back to us cleaned up. It’s a tragedy. Water quality and public ownership of this key resource can be maintained if the public is informed and actively works for clean, publicly-owned water and progressive water policies. Norway, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and other countries have such policies in place. Thank you for the post. Education is key.

  2. Sadly, I must admit, I had NO IDEA. I will watch the video tonight. Thank you so much for the education.

  3. Thats why I dirink Coors light!

    • mamatuyas says:

      I’m not done.
      Think the U.S. is #1?
      We are 49th in the world in terms of water quality and policies to protect our water resources. Corporate pollution, fracking, urban development along drinking reservoirs, sucking the water tables down hundreds of feet to feed golf courses and agriculture in the desert – WTF? Why isn’t everyone outraged?!

      Apathy, folks. It’s like with climate change – No body gives enough of a damn to get out and DEMAND clean water or air policies. Everyone is too busy with their own small lives. It’s frustrating. Our planet is going to hell in a hand basket and our kids will be left with a world in chaos – WHAT is more important to pay attention to than THAT!? Thanks Tree for trying to spread awareness.

  4. Ines 云裳 Levy says:

    Have you guys watched “También la lluvia” ? It’s a good movie.
    It’s related to the water wars, that’s why I mention it.

    • yes, amazing movie.

      I recommend this to everyone. It’s on our awareness page and is called “Even The Rain”. Watch it.

  5. Bryon Blofstein says:

    Are you aware of Water Keepers?

    RFK Jr.’s does a great job with it.

  6. Michael Bishop says:

    I have been extremely vocal and opposed to the commoditization of water for many years. People are oblivious to how they influence their future through consuming habits. It’s inevitable that humanity will cause it’s own demise.

    • I agree. Just makes me extremely sad for my new born daughter. We’re leaving her a fucked up planet and an evil system

      • No Tree…we’re not leaving a fucked up planet. They are, and we, especially y’all, are fighting them so that maybe we can leave a legacy of improvement. It’s easy to be disheartened at the snail’s pace of change, but there’s a lot of inertia in a world with 6 billion+ humans. The bright side is once the tide shifts, that inertia works in our favor…..right?

  7. Alexander Roberts says:

    Fracking a single oil shale well takes upwards of 1 MILLION gallons of water (not to mention the 500+ chemicals they add) and wells may be fracked 18 times. Then that contaminated water is pumped into “disposal” wells – and left there forever. There are at least 10,000 “disposal” wells in the US already.

    • They are going to frack the hell out of North America in the next 5 years. And that will cause untold environmental issues. Not good.

    And it’s happening right here in the Gorge (see link). Thanks for this post Tree. Anyone who travels has seen the fall out from the war of water. My sis was an attorney who specialized in Water Rights. It will be the commodity of future wars.
    Kisses to Sol!

  9. Thanks Tree,
    Great post ….Sad state of affairs!!

  10. Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled corporate monsters can contribute unlimited funds to politicians, the deal is done. These huge companies will soon own all politicians and are currently buying up all the water rights in the country. These companies easily outfox local government officials who are busy just trying to get the garbage collected and keep schools operating.

  11. Shocking isn’t it? And horribly frightening that the average American doesn’t know about it and, worse, doesn’t really care because it’s not directly affection them right now. We’ve seen it on our travels, seen it discussed on documentaries like 180 south, and agree with you that it’s a little understood problem. Thanks for the great post to get awareness out there!

    • The average american doesn’t know about shit. It’s true. I hate to say it but it’s true. We are a dumbed down population. And even when you try to tell them, they don’t care. Just look at the fact that 50% of the country will vote for Romney. That pretty much says it all.

      • OMG..don’t get me started about that..and all the asshole male politicians who think rape is God’s will and other such bullshit… I can barely stand it. I always think the average American is arrogantly ignorant, just blindly believing all the crap about how wonderful we are while having no clue about what is happening anywhere else.

  12. ZAINA SHUIBI says:

    I have seen this it is such an awesome film. Its very scarry I just recently tested our tap water to see if its safe to drink( which it is) but the days are comming where we will be dependent on corporate slugs for bottled water! Next they will be charging us for the air we breath!

  13. Good post Tree! I’ve been aware of this for a few years and am STUNNED that more is not made about this. Oh, and Monsanto owning the patents on the world food supply. . . Bet they’ll own most of the water too. Damn. I’m glad I’m old.
    AND, congratulations to you and Stevie and beautiful Sol! Roll on.

  14. Donna Clary says:

    I first learned of the corporate colonialism regarding water about 11 years ago. Did a B.A. completion program in Santa Rosa…Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community. The college, located in Santa Rosa had just participated in the Seattle Riots, a school of much activism. To give you an idea of it ideology, one of the main instructors was a contemporary of Che Guevara. The speaker for our graduation (selected by students) was Star Hawk. Thanks for the referral regarding ACTION.

  15. Thanks for crying out like that. We need that. Although I have to say that in those 6 years in South America we almost always drink tap water (I suppose we happen to come across the people with either a filter system, or who have water from a well, or we find rivers/streams that are still clean) I do get your point. Potable water, or just water, isn’t a matter of course in many countries.

    Why Americans with perfectly good water chose to buy bottles? It’s called marketing. This is a short, strong explanation about what’s happening in the US in this respect (check out the site’s other movies too; there’s a lot of info)

    • Thanks so much for the great link. I re-shared it on FB. The culture of consumerism in the US is a major problem and the only way to get on top of it is by spreading awareness!

      I agree that it may be safe to drink tap water in certain parts of South America, but some areas are very dangerous. The mountain regions of Peru and Ecuador for example are seriously polluted from the mining companies. That is a whole different fight. Make me want to become an eco-terrorist!

      thanks again. hope you guys are having fun!


  16. Why can’t they just drink coca-cola? Just kidding. I have seen this shit first hand hence my newest business venture: RAINWATER HARVESTING. Is not just for irrigation any more. You can do everything with rainwater. The only thing that limits most people is storage. Most people in the USA don’t want to look at a big tank of fresh water. Most people in the world would be stoked to see 2500 gallons of fresh water sitting in their back yard. It would make them feel safe, secure and warm and fuzzy. Not as much in the states but it is catching on. Yes you can completely bury the tanks but it is for aesthetic reasons mostly. With advancements in tank and filtration technology economical rainwater harvesting is an option. We just have to get more people to sign up…. SO SIGN UP. HARVEST THE RAIN!

    • Totally agree Dragon. This should be implemented everywhere!

      Of course, the biggest adversary are the corporate interests. In Bolivia, the actually made collecting rainwater illegal. READ THAT AGAIN! THE US CORPORATIONS WORKED WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF BOLIVIA AND THEY MADE COLLECTING RAIN WATER ILLEGAL! (Rent the documentary ‘Even The Rain’). They said since they owned the aquifers, it was stealing. This is how far they will go. This is why they must be stopped.

  17. Larry Thomason says:

    I have worked fifty years on these problems and more. Salt River Irrigation District in AZ and Fresno Irrigation District in CA have used my products to put irrigation ditches and canals underground with my continuous pipe casting system and all at a reduced cost. The savings pay the total cost of construction in as little as one or two years. In CA alone there are thousands of miles of right of way that produces nothing but weed seeds, lost production, wasted water, pesticides, and herbicides. The savings and benefits are enormous , especially if you thing global. My guess is 175,000 acres of land are wasted and all the problem associated such as divided land, access and so on. On a global scale we could give water and sewer to all people if my work is to be appreciated. You may see it in progress at Blu Cor cast in place concrete pipe.

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