Claiming & Protecting Water

Mine-affected communities in Honduras defend public access to water sources

May 1, 2015

By Sandra Cuffe

Cross-posted from Beacon Reader

Originally published on April 25, 2015

 

Communities still reeling from the impacts of Goldcorp’s San Martin gold mine in the Siria Valley gathered at an open town hall meeting on April 18 to express their opposition to a tourism project that would cut off public access to key water sources.

Meet Yacouba Sawadogo – The Man Who Stopped the Desert

March 2, 2015

By: Sumitra

Cross-posted from OddityCentral

Originally released on January 20th, 2014

Photo: Andrea Borgarello/TerrAfrica

 

 

Yacouba Sawadogo is an exceptional man – he single-handedly managed to solve a crisis that even scientists and development organizations could not. The simple old farmer’s re-forestation and soil conservation techniques are so effective they’ve helped turn the tide in the fight against the desertification of the harsh lands in northern Burkina Faso.

Detroit activists call for UN help as city shuts off water for thousands

June 24, 2014

Cross-posted from Al Jazeera.

City's water utility keeps raising rates as it falls further into debt; nearly half of customers are behind on payments

June 22, 2014 12:51PM ET

Detroit has too much of some things – stray dogsabandoned houses – and not enough of others, such as residents who pay their water bills.

The latest sign of Detroit’s decline came from the city’s water department, when it said in March it would begin shutting off water for up to 3,000 homes and businesses a week in an attempt to stop the utility from sliding even further into debt.

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.

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