Water as a human right

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slovenia-lake This past week, Slovenia amended its constitution to include access to water as a right of it’s citizens and stopping the commercialization of the vital resource. The water will remain a public good under the jurisdiction of the state and separate from the market economy. Around the world, the trend is for public goods to be privatized which creates enclosures for thousands of vulnerable people. By keeping water a common, Slovenia is ensuring the rights of its’ citizens to access a life giving resource without being exploited by large corporations. Being the first EU nation to include the right to water in the constitution, Slovenia is taking a strong stance for environmental justice during a time where the future of environmental sustainability seems uncertain.

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