Ireland's water is being privatized and citizens are fighting back.
Katie Young is a filmmaker on the front lines of the global water war, documenting anti-austerity protests and the people demanding access to clean water as a human right in Dublin, Detroit and beyond.
Katie's on a mission to make a new PBS-sponsored film called 100 Litres: A Water Rights Documentary. According to the United Nations, every human being needs 100 liters (about 26 gallons) of water per day to cook, drink, eat and bathe. Because of austerity measures stemming from the global financial crisis, though, governments like that of Ireland are beginning to privatize and commodify water and restrict access to those who can't pay.
To make the film, Katie will travel to Ireland, Greece, Detroit and other places grappling with, and fighting back, against these disastrous policies. She'll speak with people directly affected by water charges, water shutoffs, tax liens, foreclosures and other austerity measures. She'll also get to the root of the cause, digging deep into the economic and political systems that force the cost burden for essential human needs onto those least able to pay while giving tax breaks and bonuses to millionaires and billionaires.
We wish Katie the best in her endeavors, and hope you'll join us in supporting her worthy cause!