Protecting this precious resource for the future.
22 March 2012 is World Water Day. Through Charity Pot we support grassroots organisations around the world that work on issues that affect water and we thought now was the perfect time to tell you all about it!
During the past two decades, the expansion of different types of industrial monocultures in agriculture, such as soy bean and tree plantations and particularly the use of genetically modified crops, has resulted in the widespread pollution of an increasing number of water courses. Such pollution is the consequence of an industrial agricultural model that requires the use of thousands of tonnes of chemicals in the form of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and fertilizers. As a result, water has been polluted, causing the massive death of native fauna, including fish, frogs, birds and many small animals. Pesticide Action Network Uruguay works to empower local people to challenge the use of chemicals in agriculture.
You may not have heard about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, since it has only just started creeping in to the UK. Fracking is a high risk extraction process involving cracking impermeable rock by pumping large amounts of water, sand and chemicals underground in order to release gas. Apart from causing environment harm and climate change, the process also results in toxic water pollution and up to 10 million litres of water is used to frack a single well. Fracking is common in North America, the film Gasland documents the struggles communities have faced there, including gas coming out of their taps! Groups like Frack Off have been busy educating people about fracking and campaigning to stop it before it gets started here in the UK. There are also extensive plans for fracking in Argentina, where CEPPAS is working with local communities to educate them about environmental and social issues associated with fracking and mobilising them to take action.
Hydroelectric dams, which use the power of rivers to generate energy, are used across the world. Damming rivers have massive consequences; an estimated 40 to 80 million people have been displaced by dams (and many more affected by other human rights abuses), they also affect biodiversity, block fish migration, cause climate change (through deforestation) and increase water-borne diseases. Volta Basin Development Foundation is working with local communities in Ghana to build a federation to tackle this issue, Alianca Tapajos Vivo educates people in the Amazon region to help prevent the many dams planned for the area and Colectivo COA works with communities affected by the Zapotillo dam in Mexico.
Other groups we’ve supported working on water issues include Surfers Against Sewage, who tackle marine waste, UK Tar Sands Network who campaign to end the Canadian tar sands which cause pollution of water and other environmental issues, Sea Shepherd takes direct action to save marine wildlife and Hippo Roller provides large, rolling containers to communities in South Africa so they can more easily transport large volumes of water.
Article Written by the Lush Charity Support Team