Claiming & Protecting Water

Chiapas: Localities declare ban against mining, hydroelectric development

January 9, 2014

Reposted from: Climate Connections

Eight municipalities in southern Mexico’s Chiapas state on Dec.10 were declared territories free of mineral or hydro-electric development, asserting principles of local autonomy and prior consultation. The joint statement was issued by 56 communities, ejidos (communal agricultural settlements) and popular organizations in the municipalities of Tapachula, Motozintla, Huehuetán, Cacahoatán, Mazapa, Comalapa, Chicomuselo and Tuzantán.

 

Global Day of Action against Waste Incineration and for Zero Waste Alternatives!

November 8, 2013

Cross-posted from GAIA

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Media Advisory  - Images for Day of Action

GAIA would like to invite our members and allied groups to join our 13th Global Day of Action against Waste Incineration and for Zero Waste Alternatives on November 8, 2013.

Important: Please sign the global resolution today!

The 2013 Global Day of Action on Waste and Incineration will be part of the Global Month of Action on Dirty Energy organized by a coalition of international networks. This Month of Action is a united effort to demand the transformation of our energy systems in favor of sustainable and community-based solutions.

The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico

August 31, 2013

By Tory Field and Beverly Bell

An interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales.


Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales, second from the left, in Mexico. Photo: Fernanda Robinson.

The following is from an interview with Saúl Atanasio Roque Morales, a Xoxocotla indigenous man from the state of Morelos, Mexico. He is a member of the Council of Peoples and the Xoxocotla Drinking Water Association.

Within our indigenous community of Xoxocotla, we continue to hold the ancestral values we inherited. It never crosses our mind to leave them behind. Because in daily life we are always in contact with nature, with our lands, with our water, with our air. We live in harmony with nature because we don’t like the way that modernity is advancing, destroying our territory and our environment. We believe technological modernity is better named a death threat.

Nestle Chairman says water isn’t a human right. Tell him he’s wrong

April 23, 2013

Cross-posted from Union Solidarity International

In a candid interview for the documentary We Feed the World, Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck makes the astonishing claim that water isn’t a human right. He attacks the idea that nature is good, and says it is a great achievement that humans are now able to resist nature’s dominance. He attacks organic agriculture and says genetic modification is better.

Shutting the Spigot on Private Water: The Case for the World Bank to Divest

November 20, 2012

Shutting the spigot on private water corporate accountability internationalCheck out this groundbreaking report from Corporate Accountability International!

 

"Shutting the Spigot on Private Water" is a landmark report that documents how the World Bank is driving global water privatization at a chilling human cost. With original financial analysis and powerful case studies, it demonstrates how the World Bank must divest from private water projects to align its actions with its stated mission of alleviating poverty and supporting sustainable development.

Meet the 13-Year-Old Girl Taking on Bottled Water

September 3, 2012

Cross-posted from the Huffington Post.

By Maude Barlow
Posted: 08/31/2012

In the last year, municipalities across Ontario and the rest of the country have begun taking a much-needed stand to protect local water sources. Since World Water Day in 2011, nine municipalities across Canada have become Blue Communities with many well on their way.

Blue Communities are municipalities that adopt a water commons framework by: banning the sale of bottled water in public facilities and at municipal events, recognizing water as a human right, and promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste-water services.

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