Here are the audio [48 min 17MB MP3] and my slides [PDF] from the talk.
I spent most of my time talking about some for free, pay for more; corruption in the developing world; and the uselessness of highminded ideals that fall to lowbrow power games. My favorite tidbit is this contrast between ideals and reality in the Soviet Constitution [from the slides]:
Article 50. In accordance with the interests of the people and in order to strengthen and develop the socialist system, citizens of the USSR are guaranteed freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly, meetings, street processions and demonstrations.The professor who introduces me, Kirk Boyd, is behind the draft statement of human rights on the environment that was the topic of last weekend's discussion (still time to comment!)
Article 6. The leading and guiding force of the Soviet society and the nucleus of its political system, of all state organisations and public organisations, is the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The CPSU exists for the people and serves the people.
Bottom Line: We have a right to water, but a corrupt government will not let us exercise it.