The WILPF project Women and Water Rights took months of planning, but the ripple effects will be felt for years to come. Check out the fantastic media coverage they’ve received.
This week the project continues to build momentum, with a “World Water Day Film Screening.” What’s next? None other than Vandana Shiva will make a major presentation on the closing day of the exhibition. If you couldn’t see the exhibit and catch the programming, don’t worry. You can listen to a Podcast about their work on the KFAI website – just look for the clip on International Women’s Day with host Dixie Treichel on the radio show Fresh Fruit. The exhibit will also be going on tour. Check their website for more details.
Celebrate Blue October
Make it Crystal Clear: Water is a Human Right
(This Action is for California residents only)
Nearly 9 million Californians rely on water suppliers that have faced five or more violations of state drinking water standards. This water crisis disproportionately affects low-income populations, people of color and those who are ill and vulnerable.
The Human Right to Water Act of 2009 (AB 1242) will assure access to safe, affordable water. AB 1242 establishes water as a basic human right as a policy of the state. AB 1242 has passed both houses of the state Legislature and shortly will be on the Governor's desk for him to sign into law or veto.
There is no time to waste.
Please take action today and call Governor Schwarzenegger or fax the WILPF letter to his office, asking that he sign this bill into law. AB 1242 will move the state toward a day when everyone can safely fill a glass of water from their tap and drink it without fear.
To call the Governor's office try one of these numbers: at his Sacramento office: 916-445-2841. If this number is busy, call the district office nearest you: in LA: 213-897-0322, San Diego: 619-525-4641, Fresno, 559-477-1804, and San Francisco: 415-703-2218.
As the twentieth century had been called the “century of human rights,” this new era would be known as the “century of the rights of Mother Earth.”
- Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
You might ask why, since Earth Day – designated as April 22 in 1970 – is now celebrated in many countries, and from the 1970s on many countries passed environmental laws.
The answer is that worldwide, oil, natural gas, coal extraction and thermal energy production has accelerated, with fossil fuel use contributing to global warming. Most national governments collaborate with the multinational energy corporations or simply look the other way when it comes to environmental destruction, human rights and public health abuses, appropriation of land, and the waste and contamination of water that causes sickness and death.
SPRING FORWARD -
EVENTS FOR EARTH DAY - APRIL 22 ENVIRONMENT DAY - JUNE 5 AND BEYOND
THE HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER: International “Right to Water Treaty.” On December 10, 1948, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were adopted by all nations, water was not listed as a “right,” perhaps because the threat of scarcity was not yet looming.
“A Salvadoran labor organizer told a group of American youth activists that their budding movement was like a body with a huge heart but no bones to move it forward. Through their infrastructure, experience and resources, adult-led organizations can help build these bones. Young people, in return, can give some of their moral passion and their creative intelligence. [The goal is] to forge a cross-generational strategic collaboration that expands the scope, reach and sustainability of a social movement for global fairness.”
Youth Activism and Global Engagement: Part I; OneWorld US Special Report
Youth leadership has played a central role in nearly every social movement this century has seen. WILPF recognizes and celebrates this fact, and thus an important goal of the Save the Water Campaign will be to engage college students, high school students, and non-student youth in the struggle to take back our water.
WILPF sees collaboration with student networks such as the Student Environmental Action Coalition, The Sierra Student Coalition, Campus Greens, Earth First!, United Students Against Sweatshops Killer Coke Campaign, and community based youth-led environmental justice organizations as strategic partners in the campaign. Young people have already begun to chip away at the bottled beverage industry, through the Killer Coke Campaign and the Ice-Mountain (Nestle) Boycott. WILPF seeks to amplify that work by building the capacity of youth organizations to tackle the issue of water.
Blue October is an international month of action to challenge corporate control of water and to protect water as a shared natural resource available to all.
Stop the Mining of Sacred Tribal Land!
We need your immediate support to stop the proposed copper mining that would irreversibly desecrate lands sacred to Apache and other tribes and devastate the environment and health of the people in Superior, Arizona, and many other neighboring Arizona communities.
Satin ribbons representing Nature’s Gifts to all her creations – Sky, Land, Water, Animals –interweave with the gifts of our ancestors, our Cultural Heritage, to form an interdependent Tapestry of the Commons. Together we weave the tapestry, together we remember the gifts of the commons, and together we unweave the ribbons as we assess the current state of our common wealth.
Help your Supermarket or Co-Op end the bottled water trend! The letter could be a sample of letter to submit to food coop or supermarket and the price comparison list is also a good tool. The letter resulted in a meeting with the coop board in Davis, CA and information posted at the shelves where bottled water is displayed.
FORMAL REQUEST FOR DE-EMPHASIS OF BOTTLED WATER AT DFC, AND EDUCATION ABOUT HARM CAUSED BY PROLIFERATION OF BOTTLED WATER