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15 July 2015 is European Big Jump day. This Euro-wide initiative is encouraging people (young and old, but with an organisational emphasis on young!) to jump and swim in rivers and lakes, in order to 'reconciliate citizens and their rivers'. This 'reconciliation' is considered essential in achieving the EU Water Framework Directive's restoration efforts of rivers and wetlands.  The campaign is run by European Rivers Network. It seems to me that the notion of reconnecting citizens and water directly speaks to Towards Hydrocitizenship, and also recognizes the importance of physical encounters, immersions, and experiences of untreated waters to our emotional values of nature and our environment.

Just thought I'd highlight the event and campaign. The idea of simultaneous, trans-national jumping into water is compelling! 

http://www.rivernet.org/bigjump/bigjump.htm
http://en.bigjumpchallenge.net/home.html
Jun 11

"The modern colonial city is made possible by a colonizing writing on the surface of the earth. It transforms wetlands to market garden and market garden into suburb, thus completing the transition from wetland through agri-culture to suburbi-culture with the possibility of aqui-culture aborted. [ ] Modernity colonizes and colonialism modernizes lands, especially wetlands." (p.151)


See book on our book Wiki here


 

 

Feb 02

For World Wetland Day

Please see this book on our Books about Water Wiki

Rod Giblett;  2014; Canadian Wetlands: Places and People; Intellect Ltd

Short quote

“Modernity colonizes and colonialism modernizes lands, especially wetlands.”  (Rod Giblett;  2014: 151)

Longer quote

“The modern colonial city is made possible by a colonizing writing on the surface of the earth. It transforms wetlands to market garden and market garden into suburb, thus completing the transition from wetland through agriculture to suburbi-culture with the possibility of aqui-culture aborted. [ ] Modernity colonizes and colonialism modernizes lands, especially wetlands. (p.151)

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