Global Water Campaign
Make Waves for Change!
|Global Water Issues & Actions||Gas Drilling / Fracking Actions|
World Water Day is the official UN-designated day dedicated to water issues. It's a key date to champion the right of people everywhere to affordable, safe drinking water, close to home.
What can I do for World Water Day?
Council of Canadians
World Water Day
March 22 is World Water Day, and to mark this day Council of Canadians chapters and allies will organize activities across the country to promote water as a public resource and a human right.
This year, the Council of Canadians is actively involved in battles against lakes being turned into dumpsites for mining waste, the privatization and corporatization of water services in Canada and around the world and the commodification of water through water markets, bottled water, and industrial abuses of water resources like the tar sands.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved (in Canada or do the equivalent in your location):
Blue Communities Project
Lobby your elected representatives
Arrange a public water utility tour
Make a splash in the media
Take the tap water pledge
Join the gallery of tap water supporters
Connecticut Fund for the Environment
Clean Water Legislation: Call to Create Jobs and Protect the Long Island Sound - www.ctenvironment.org/save-the-sound.cfm
Earth Celebrations’ 3rd Annual Hudson River Pageant
Saturday May 21
An ecological art project and performance art event engaging youth & community to restore the Hudson River’s native species & habitats & address climate change in New York City.
We hope that you will join in and participate in our puppet & costume workshops March - May, and culminating theatrical pageant along the downtown Hudson River Park on Saturday May 21.
NRDC - Natural Resources Defense Council
Tell Forest Service officials to reject plans to build a natural gas field in the Upper Hoback Basin of western Wyoming, an area of critical importance to Yellowstone’s threatened grizzly bears.
They want to use the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, which has already been associated with the contamination of groundwater supplies in several other states.
Other Resources for Information and Action:
WE Water Campaign
Global Women's Water Initiative
Water Voices from Around The World
The Barka Foundation
Water Not Weapons
World Water Rescue Foundation
Earth Rights Institute
NYC Friends of Clearwaterhttp://www.nycfriendsofclearwater.org
|Summit For a New York State Ban on Fracking
Sunday March 27th, 10 am to 6 pm
SUNY Albany Lecture Center
Register Here: http://bit.ly/e5v9iG
Organizational Co-Sponsor Sign Up: http://bit.ly/ghukZ9
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And mark your calendars! On Monday May 2nd we're marching in Albany to demand a statewide ban.
Full march and rally details TBA.
With only a few months until the moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing is lifted—and with vertical fracking already causing problems across Western NY—we need to seize current momentum and widespread public concern to advocate loud and clear for what we all know that we need: a BAN! We know that when the public hears the truth about fracking, the vast majority of the population will stand with us in calling for a ban. If you are ready to take a step towards organizing your community (and not just signing another online petition) - this summit was made for you.
For more information: www.FrackAction.com
Source of Synergy Foundation
JOURNEY TO DIMOCK, PENNSYLVANIA
SUNDAY, APRIL 3
See the Results of Hydrofracking in our Communities
On April 3, a convoy of cars filled with concerned citizens from New York and Pennsylvania will gather to travel to Dimock to "bear witness” to this great concern. Members of the Press and interested individuals are welcome to join. The purpose of this Journey is to educate us and the public at large about this critical issue.
Hydraulic Fracturing, or Fracking, threatens our region’s water supply, and it is threatening to come to the Delaware River Basin. The town of Dimock, Pennsylvania, population 1,400, makes all too clear the dangers posed by this destructive process. It is a window into what many other communities will face if fracking is allowed to take place in communities across the globe.
Of Urgent Concern: Current Situation on the Delaware River - Right now our elected leaders are deciding whether to allow fracking along the Delaware River, which supplies much of New York City's drinking water, as well as that of Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Companies such as Exxon, Shell, and Halliburton are about to move into the Delaware River Water Basin, where New Yorkers and others get their water. If the states and federal Army Corps of Engineers under President Obama's direction give the green light to fracking in the Delaware River Basin, the industry plans to drill a massive 50,000 gas wells which could degrade the water supply for 15.6 million people.
For more information contact: Diane Williams- 212 560-5655,
Support the FRAC Act
The Fracking Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (HR2766/S1215), also known as the FRAC-Act, would end the natural gas industry's exemption to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The FRAC-Act would also require the gas industry to disclose the chemicals they use in the gas extraction process.
Sponsors of this bill are Congressmembers Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Diana DeGette (D-CO) & Jared Polis (D-CO) and U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) & Charles Schumer (D-NY). The 2005 Energy Policy Act, under the guidance of former Vice President Dick Cheney, created exemptions for the natural gas industry to the Safe Drinking Water Act (also known as the Halliburton Loophole).
Contact your U.S. Representative and Senators today and urge them to support this important federal legislation.
Quick link to your Representative
Quick link to your Senators
Despite the potential health and environmental hazards associated with radioactive wastewater, federal regulators recently confirmed to the gas industry that drilling waste remains exempt from federal hazardous waste law.
We are asking you to take action now to urge Governor Cuomo to extend Executive Order No. 41 for at least a year beyond July 1 to afford DEC the time necessary to update the 1992 GEIS on a comprehensive basis, incorporating a cumulative impact analysis, and to take steps to ensure that DEC has the staff and budget necessary to complete the SEQRA process and to do a formal rule-making after that process is complete.
Food and Water Watch
Send a letter to your representative asking them to support the FRAC Act!Companies that are threatening our drinking water with hydraulic fracturing can't be held accountable under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and they don't have to disclose the 596 chemicals that they are injecting into the ground. Ask your representative to close the loophole and require companies to disclose the chemicals they are using by passing the FRAC Act. Take Action Now
Fracking is a type of gas drilling that injects millions of gallons of hydraulic fluids - a mixture of chemicals, water and sand - into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock underground, releasing natural gas. This process can deplete and contaminate local water, damage the environment and threaten public health.
We're calling for a national ban on fracking. You can learn more by watching our short animation below, and signing our petition to Congress.
Please sign the petition below. We'll be delivering these signatures to members of Congress. Take Action Now
Will New Jersey's Drinking Water Be Contaminated From Fracking?
Help Ban Fracking in New Jersey Now!
Gasland (the Oscar nominated film by Josh Fox)
We can't stop Fracking without you. Pick up the phone, send and e-mail, start an organization, show GASLAND... JUST DO SOMETHING!
Sierra Club action to require fracking to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act:
Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition (www.NewYorkWater.org) comprising over 50 environmental, community and religious groups taking action regarding Gas Drilling in New York State.
Click here and scroll down to listen to this Tele-Forum
The demand for water worldwide will double within 20 years.
YOU CAN HELP!
Raising Awareness, Taking Action
Water-Related Poverty & Disease
Pollution of rivers and oceans
Conflicts over access to water
The Wisdom of Partnership Culture
Water, part of our Global Commons
|Sierra Club NYC
The Sierra Club is America's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, with 1.3 million members. Sierra Club's national network of activists are organized in regional Chapters and local Groups. The 10,300+ members in NYC are also members of both SC NYC and SC Atlantic Chapter (NY State). As a Sierra Club member, you can choose to be active on a national, state or local level. Sign up for alerts, news and NYC events.
Earth Society Foundation
Established by John McConnell and Margaret Mead to foster worldwide participation in the peaceful care of Earth, and to promote the annual celebration of Earth Day on the Equinox (March 20 - 21).
Water Voices from Around The World
Welcome to Water Voices from Around The World – a new book and voice for the water and life gracing our planet’s biosphere. A water voice that flows through all kingdoms of life, as well as our human realms of science; philosophy; politics; history; art; economics; religion; society; music, and culture.
A Single Drop
Opened in 2006, ASDSW a living example of A Single Drop's National PODS model. Despite abundant rainfall, the Philippines faces tremendous challenges related to water. ASDSW is at the forefront of helping communities, governments, and international aid organizations address these challenges.
The Barka Foundation
Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Burkina Faso, considered to be among the poorest countries in the world. BARKA is spearheading the BARKA Burkina Consortium, an international collaborative effort to uncover a new approach toward poverty eradication. Its methodology is community-led, grassroots and combines indigenous and modern technologies to develop a set of best practices in areas of clean water accessibility, sanitation, irrigation, sustainable agriculture, women’s empowerment, education, and healthcare.
Citizens for Global Solutions/NY
Citizens for Global Solutions envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. This vision requires effective democratic global institutions that will apply the rule of law while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and local communities.
Citizens Network for Sustainable Development (CitNet)
CitNet works in local, regional, and global arenas to make sustainable development a reality. By supporting citizen-led activities in developing, monitoring and implementing sustainability initiatives, promoting civil society participation in important policy fora, and connecting individuals and organizations, CitNet works to create an ecologically sound and socially equitable and economically just world. Created in October 1990 to coordinate civil society participation in the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (the “Earth Summit”), CitNet and its members have spent almost two decades connecting, educating, and acting to make real the Earth Summit’s vision of a more sustainable and equitable world.
Earth Rights Institute
Incorporated in 2001 and recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the American Internal Revenue Service, Earth Rights Institute (ERI) takes an innovative approach to join education, advocacy and research in building ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable communities in some of the world’s poorest communities. Earth Rights Institute advocates a model of development that supports the re-localization of development expertise. We believe that in order to empower communities of the global south to manage and direct their own development, strategies and expert knowledge must be conceived locally. ERI is a United Nations NGO affiliate for ECOSOC, UN Habitat, UNCSD, and UN Finance and Development.
The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook
The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook offers an ingredient that has been missing in the enormous outpouring of information on organizations and sustainability: an holistic integration of solutions, which will make the journey personal for each reader.
The U.S. Partnership consists of individuals, organizations and institutions in the United States dedicated to education for sustainable development (ESD). It acts as a convener, catalyst, and communicator working across all sectors of American society.
Campaign for a Sustainable America
Let's quit depleting our natural resource base; live in harmony with nature; ensure all people’s basic human needs can be met & that our children can have as good a life as we do.
Earth Celebrations creative programs address and effect change on issues such as: climate change, river species and habitat restoration, and the preservation of community gardens, parks, and a healthy urban environment in New York City, while highlighting ecological sustainability. Earth Celebrations environmental and arts programs include: theatrical pageants, exhibitions, performances, art & ecology/puppet & costume workshops, internships, artist residencies, and partnerships with schools, community centers, parks, and gardens.
Water Not Weapons
World Water Rescue Foundation is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to protecting and preserving the world's water resources and ensuring the fundamental right of access to safe drinking Water for All People.
To address the diverse concerns of women in pursuit of social, economic and political equality while serving as a united voice and forum to promote progressive ideas and influence policy decisions that impact human rights.
WBAI Pacifica Radio
Pacifica Radio 99.5 FM in New York City. Home of Free Speech Radio, Progressive & Independent News & Talk , Arts & Music.
Blue Water Entertainment
Blue Water Entertainment is a leading independent production company, developing and producing content in narrative, television, music, short form and documentary styles. True to the vision of its founder, the mission of Blue Water Entertainment is to tell cinematically compelling, intentional, and empowering stories that make a difference in our world. Cinema is the place where dreams are made and where life stops. In the magic kingdom of story telling, Blue Water Entertainment’s slate of films focuses on current issues that impact our daily lives -- from politics, social justice and poverty to religion...and of course, the environment.
Good News Broadcast
Good News Broadcast (GNB) is a rapidly growing media lifestyle publications covering and distributing news and entertainment from domestic and international sources related to health, science, business, international relations, and multi-cultural and niche community interests. GNB publishes and syndicates content on-line, on-air, and in print under the Good News Broadcast Brand. It it one of the first news publications to combine the article with the audio interview and continuously to develop innovations in news media.
“Initiative Radio With Angela McKenzie” is a nationally syndicated, weekly, one hour public affairs program that focuses on the philanthropic and altruistic activities of corporations both for profit and not-for-profit, inter-governmental organizations, persons of repute and everyday people. The program also gives exposure to under represented artists of all disciplines and in an effort to consistently engage a youthful audience, urban and alternative music specials are presented on a recurring basis.
Other Supporting Organizations
|Coalition for OneVoice
The Coalition for OneVoice serves our passion for connection by fostering a universal perspective, deep dialogue and a conscious community in New York City. It brings together individuals and organizations who are dedicated to spiritual, social and environmental transformation for the betterment of all beings.This unity strengthens each participants impact on society while forming a collective power to meet the challenges that call our community to action.
Pathways To Peace
Pathways To Peace works locally and globally to accomplish its mission. One of the ways in which we build Peace is by collaborating with other organizations in various initiatives. Pathways To Peace is also an active participant in conferences at the United Nations, where we speak about the principles and practices of Peacebuilding.
The Peace Clock
The Peace Clock runs on an hourly rotation. That is : one rotation = 60 minutes. Prayer times are every 60 minutes on the hour. However it is designed so that all people, anywhere in the world will be viewing the clock with the exact same "time" and "countdown" until prayer time begins. This way, we will all be offering our hopes and wishes for world peace in unison.
Better World Campaign
The Better World Campaign (BWC) works to foster a strong, effective relationship between the United States and the United Nations (UN) through outreach, communications, and advocacy. We encourage U.S. leadership to work constructively through the United Nations and to strengthen the United Nations' ability to carry out its invaluable operations around the world. And we engage policy makers, the media, and the American public to increase awareness of and support for the United Nations.
Our mission is to play a vital role in the development, evolution and transformation of our present world towards a future that is regenerative in all areas of human activity. Our contribution is in educating, modeling a sustainable lifestyle and actively participating in the development of regenerative, resilient communities around the world.
Better Living Show Regional Innovation Forums
As the idea of sustainability and healthy living grows, shows have tried to highlight it with mixed results. Typically you have large events that put a Green Pavilion in an otherwise non-green show or you have green events that continually pull the same crowd. In other words they are principally preaching to "the choir." Both types of festivals should be applauded for helping to get the sustainable message out. The Better Living Show brings together the best of these two types of shows - a large event that is walking the walk. A festival that is not just targeted at the early adopters of a sustainable lifestyle, but one that targets the mainstream consumer as well who are looking for everything green. A show that encourages everyone, no matter where they lie in the spectrum of sustainable living, to take one more step towards a healthier lifestyle. And celebrates each and every one of those steps. Quite frankly…we want to help make a bigger choir!
The foundation accomplishes its non-profit purpose through the presentation of special cultural and education events, creative arts, media campaigns, and the use of interactive communications technologies. Unity Foundation's programs are designed to create greater understanding, respect and appreciation for all races, cultures, lifestyles, and generations within the Human Family.
WE starts with YOU!
There are many ways you can participate in WE: Water
- Register as a Partner on WE.net and we will begin to promote your group's activities in the spirit of WE to a global audience. We will be heavily publicizing our Partners' activities through March. 22nd (World Water Day) in various media, Press Releases and our newsletter which reaches about 12,000 leaders and members of social change organizations around the world.
- Calendar & Activities Promotion: Put your Listings on the Global Unity Calendar. We will link them to our WE Action/Get Involved pages at www.WE.net. There is no word limit (you can include your logo and up to 4 images per page)
- Blog: The WE Forum Blog has a 750 character limit (no pictures). This could be an event or other announcement, a message, or a description of your mission. You can even ask your group's members to comment on your activities here.
- Video: Enter the WE Campaign Video Challenge. Upload a video showing your actions or your group's activities that reflect the spirit of WE You could also make a new video about why WE consciousness is so important these days: "Why WE? Why Now?" 3 minute videos or less are recommended, greater length is ok.
- Become an Ambassador of WE! Get your organization and your friends involved
- Set up a WE Student Action Group or WE Community Group in your area
- Create an Event or other Program for the WE: Water Awareness and Action Campaign in your school or community and list it on the Calendar
- Post http://www.WE.net and the WE logo on your website and invite your Facebook and Twitter friends to get involved
- Donate generously to the WE campaign! By investing in WE you are investing in peace, sustainability and transformation for our world.