Feature Articles

  • September 15, 2010
    All rivers are a lifeblood for the people and the earth but the Ganges symbolizes so much to so many people. That makes its mismanagement especially painful. Read Ragendra Singh’s letter from Tarun Bharat Sangh’s (TBS) to learn about a new campaign to revitalize it. --- Dear friends,
  • August 4, 2010
    A remarkable piece of water history should have been headline news everywhere this week. After more than a decade of grassroots organizing and lobbying, the global water justice movement achieved a significant victory when the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to affirm "the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation...
  • July 22, 2010
    On July 28, after years of grassroots pressure, the United Nations’ General Assembly will consider and debate a resolution supporting the right to "safe and clean drinking water and sanitation”. Maude Barlow, former Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly described the denial of access to clean water as the...
  • January 12, 2010
    It is widely acknowledged that greenhouse gas emission-fuelled climate change is having a profound and negative impact on fresh water systems around the world. Warmer weather causes more rapid evaporation of lakes and rivers, reduced snow and ice cover on open water systems, and melting glaciers. What is less understood is that our collective...
  • November 14, 2009
    Torrents of mud and boulders flattened villages in El Salvador recently, leaving over 100 people dead and thousands homeless. From all indications, climate change will be most acutely felt in an escalating frequency and ferocity of floods and droughts. It’s chilling to think that we ought to expect much more of this kind of devastation in the...
  • April 1, 2010
    From February 1 to 3, 2010, the Reclaiming Public Water Network held an international seminar in Brussels to bring together people involved in strategic organizing around global water challenges and “people-centered solutions.” Over three days, participants from more than 30 countries shared knowledge and experiences about how to improve water...
  • January 14, 2010
    How does improved water stewardship fit into cooling our planet? How well were the water-climate connections made at the recent Copenhagen climate deliberations? If you're like me, you only have a lay person's understanding of ecology – and global politics for that matter. But I do know that the CO2 reduction and carbon sequestration strategies...
  • February 28, 2010
    In the first hours of 2010, the city of Paris, whose water system has been under various forms of mixed public and private management for much of the last century, took back public control of its water utility. The decision is emblematic of changes occurring throughout the world, with the wave of utility privatizations ebbing in the face of...
  • November 24, 2009
    It’s not so unusual to see water stories topping the news these days. Even when that news is very bad, that’s very good news indeed. The stories are frequently troubling; they should be. Climate change is increasing the ferocity of floods and droughts and water privatization is drowning our democracy. But it’s about time that the seamy details of...
  • September 9, 2009
    One man gathers rain to recharge groundwater reserves and another pushes salt water through a desalination plant for subsequent sale. Are these both viable solutions to the world’s water crisis? With the impacts of climate change, water waste, contamination and mismanagement fast accumulating, ensuring clean and plentiful water to both people...