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Thirsty Planet

Scientists say most people on Earth will first experience climate change in terms of water -- either too much or too little. This documentary explores some of the most pressing water problems and some innovative solutions by visiting two countries where water issues are critical: India and Israel. A vast and ecologically diverse country, India suffers from water problems found across the globe: flooding, drought, pollution, and lack of access by the poor. In Israel, a combination of cutting-edge technology and sweeping government policy has largely solved the nation's long struggle with water scarcity. But the benefits of abundant water are not shared equally throughout Israel and the West Bank.

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Return value of all land occupied to the community (Abolish private land ownership)

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From: Ronald R., Pittsburgh, PA

Poverty in America started as a perpetual permanent anchor on our economy when the frontier closed in the 1880s. This is when access to land for labor and investment closed. The result was a depression in wages and an added cost for investment. All progress was absorbed in rent.

Think about it: With all the land "bottled up" in royal titles to land, everybody born is obligated to pay another human being to exist. The cost to live on a space on this earth is the largest burden for families to afford. This is true for people everywhere, the United States included.

The only solution is to recognize the origination of the problem: private ownership of the rental value of land. Because of this private ownership, all progress eventually is absorbed by landowners, via "law of rent." The remedy is to recapture the rental value of land back to the community who funds all the land value in the first place.


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Thirsty Planet

Scientists say most people on Earth will first experience climate change in terms of water -- either too much or too little. This documentary explores some of the most pressing water problems and some innovative solutions by visiting two countries where water issues are critical: India and Israel. A vast and ecologically diverse country, India suffers from water problems found across the globe: flooding, drought, pollution, and lack of access by the poor. In Israel, a combination of cutting-edge technology and sweeping government policy has largely solved the nation's long struggle with water scarcity. But the benefits of abundant water are not shared equally throughout Israel and the West Bank.

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