Stop Privatization of South American Aquifer!

  • by: Freya H
  • recipient: Governments of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay

Private companies such as Coca-Cola and Nestlé are in the process of privatizing the largest reserve of water, known as the Guarani Aquifer, in South America. The aquifer is located beneath the surface of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and is the second largest-known aquifer system in the world.

The major transnational conglomerates are reportedly "striding forward" with their negotiations to privatize the aquifer system. Meetings have already been reserved with authorities of the current government, such as Michel Temer, to outline procedures required for private companies to exploit the water sources. The concession contracts will last more than 100 years.

This issue extends beyond South America, as all humans will be affected by the decision to privatize the second-largest aquifer system in the world. Essentially, the corporations are profiting off a natural resource that should be freely available to all.

Approximately two-thirds (1.2 million km²) of the reserve is located in Brazilian territory, specifically in the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Future generations will ultimately suffer if this deal goes through, which is why human rights organizations around the world are getting involved.

We the undersigned call upon the governments of Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay to halt this privatization, which will put a precious and necessary resources in the hands of corporations that are concerned with only profit. Potable water should be available and accessible to all, not controlled by a few.

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