Jeremy J. Schmidt’s new book titled “Water
Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity” is available now.
Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity, details the remarkable intellectual history of America’s water management philosophy. It shows how this philosophy shaped early twentieth-century conservation in the United States, influenced American international development programs, and ultimately shaped programs of global governance that today connect water resources to the Earth system. Schmidt demonstrates how the ways we think about water reflect specific public and societal values, and illuminates the process by which the American approach to water management came to dominate the global conversation about water. See more information and discount code here: Schmidt Book flyer
Congratulations to K.J. Joy for receiving the prestigious T N Khoshoo Memorial Award for 2016. The annual T N Khoshoo Memorial Award is given to an academic or a practitioner whose work has had an impact in the fields of environment, conservation, or development. The award for 2016 has been conferred on Mr. K.J. Joy, co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM) and Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India, in recognition of his activist and research work, spanning 35 years, in the development sector.
Mr. Joy is also a member of the Future Water’s Water Ethics Working Group.
Standing up for water in North Dakota
For the past two months, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota has been demonstrating against the construction of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline through their ancestral lands, and under the Missouri River. Some 200 Native American tribes and many non-native organizations have pledged support to their cause of protecting the river and sacred sites, some already destroyed by construction crews.
More than a thousand museum officials and archaeologists have signed a petition against the pipeline, and environmental groups are joining with tribes to push for an end to non-renewable energy. Native leaders are bringing national attention to traditional Indigenous principles about water and the planet, says Dallas Goldtooth (Indigenous Environmental Network) in this interview for Yes! magazine.
Global Ethics Day
This year, Global Ethics Day happened on Oct 19. See what has been happening on this day HERE.
Constitutional Right to Water in Slovenia
Slovenia is planning to amend its constitution to incorporate the “right to water”, in a major victory for the Right2Water movement in Europe. Read more HERE.
Big Jump 2016
Water ethics will be celebrated at 3pm on July 10, throughout Europe, when “everybody will swim in the rivers… If swimming or jumping in your river is not possible, then just…celebrate the river!” This is the annual Big Jump which last year attracted some 400 registered events in 28 countries. A training camp is being organized in Berlin just ahead of the Jump, and on-line organizing resources include a Toolkit on Water Ethics and Water Solidarity, and a Water Ethics Discussion Tool.
The themes of fairness and “Water Justice” are in the news. The Ecumenical Water Network (World Council of Churches) is developing a Framework for Water Justice which should be released later this year.
GWP and ethics
Dr. Jerry Delli Priscoli is the new chair of the GWP-Technical Committee. Known for his work on stakeholder participation and water ethics, Dr. Delli Priscoli sees ethics as part of water security: “GWP can help with this huge ethical public issue, because it involves public policy ethics as well as technical, political, and economic issues.”
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WASHINGTON, DC – March 22, 2016
The Water-Culture Institute, a Santa Fe think-tank, along with University of Arizona and the Southwest Water Technology Cluster, will develop an “Ethics-Based Decision Support Tool” (EBDST) for guiding technology, policy, and investment decisions in the water sector. The initiative is one of nearly 200 “Commitments to Action on Building a Sustainable Water Future”, which were announced today at the White House Water Summit, on the occasion of World Water Day. Councilman Nelson Cordova (Taos Pueblo) gave the opening invocation, noting that for his community, every day is a “water day”. The full list of commitments announced by the White House is available HERE
“Incorporating ethics principles into a formal decision tool is common in the business world, but has not yet been applied to water policy,” explained Dr. David Groenfeldt, director of Water-Culture Institute. “We’re all familiar with the sentiment of ‘doing the right thing’; the EBDST provides a systematic way to identify what the right thing is, in a particular context.” The EBDST is intended for cities, watershed, and river basins, but could be applied at any level. Through a process of interviews and facilitated workshops, water stakeholders are guided through a process to document their priority values about local water and water ecosystems. The EBDST orders these values into a systematic framework, which can then be incorporated into existing local water governance arrangements.