Blog Action Day: Measuring Your Water Footprint

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson     This is Blog Action Day. Thousands of bloggers are writing about water. This is but one essay. The rest are here. When your water comes from a public water supply, it can be hard to remember what a treasure you have at your disposal. I grew to adulthood in what was [...]

UN Approves Water Rights Resolution, US Abstains

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The United Nations has declared access to clean and accessible water a fundamental human right. Apparently this is not the same as amending  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , making water the 31st on the list of fundamental human rights. The UN’s UDHR page has not yet been amended to [...]

Water: The New Oil

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” — W. H. Auden, 20th Century poet and essayist So begins “Flow,” a film shown on DVD at the Warwick Town Hall on Saturday night. Released in 2008, it’s a stunning survey of water shortages, pollution, and corporate exploitation in the developing [...]

Old-Order Amish Meet EPA

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In Philadelphia’s steamy summers when I was a child, on Thursdays my mother would take me to the Reading Terminal Market, where she bought the week’s produce, eggs, and cheese from the Amish families from the area around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We rode a trolley car and the Market Street elevated train [...]