Everyone knows that water is the stuff of life. But is it best viewed as a commodity or as part of the commons? Should providing safe, affordable water be the role of governments, corporations, or partnerships between the two? On Tuesday, July 13 (dates may vary for local stations), the PBS show P.O.V. is airing "Thirst," a documentary by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman that addresses these and other issues about water privatization. In partnership with P.O.V., Grist is hosting a week-long debate on the merits of water privatization between Peter Cook, executive director of the National Association of Water …
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Sara Ehrhardt is the national water campaigner of the Council of Canadians, working with community activists to fight water commodification and privatization. Sara has worked in environmental consulting, led a construction project in the Guyanese rainforest, taught indigenous children in Mexico, and volunteered with numerous international development, environmental, and social-justice organizations. In 2002, Sara was the first recipient of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers National Gold Medal Student Award for volunteerism and leadership, and she has been selected as one of 20 outstanding young Canadians through the Action Canada Program.