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Antony Lyons 28 months ago
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A repeat thread, as first is corrupted...

I posted a link earlier in a blog thread, 

but inclined now to use it to start a new thread here - in the context of the myriad of water-related conflicts and rumblings-of-conflicts emerging around this globe.

The link above is now old, but relates to a very current situation, namely the cutting off - apparently by Western/Gulf-supported mercenaries - of the main water supply to Damascus. 
[Edit - maybe not: https://youtu.be/njotkwWOfvc ]

I feel this issue of geopolitics+water+power is crucial for any future-oriented thinking by would-be 'hydrocitizens' ?

Solidarity and Support?
I'm interested in what avenues there may exist to provide meaningful solidarity and support to distant communities and/or individuals who - out of vital necessity and principle - place themselves in opposition to destructive, disrespectful and deceitful manipulations of water resources (or threats to water ecologies). The current case of the Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline comes to mind, but this is of course one of very many.
Beyond twittering, facebook-ing or face-palming, is there anything of any real substance we can pursue?
"Thinking globally; acting locally" is maybe a pertinent response? Our own local surrounds and communities are also caught up in the mesh of water-inequities and divisive manipulations. Actually getting out and applying oneself to doing something practical feels very necessary. This is currently re-inforced for me through my encounters (in the course of documentary film-making) with a local project called WILD (Water and Integrated Local Delivery) www.ccri.ac.uk/wild/ operating in Gloucestershire, UK.

"The concept of [W]ILD is that each community could be inspired and enabled to look after its piece of the global jigsaw to deliver multi-strategy objectives at a local level"

Such local partnerships and participations, addressing social and environmental well-being, are worthy and inspiring models. But...returning to the topic of 'solidarity and support', I'll suggest that every local project could have a water-twin elsewhere? Not necessarily similar (perhaps not even watery?), but sharing some essence, energy or spiritedness? Despite a certain jadedness having seeped into 'town-twinning' practices, I'm a believer in the latent activist potential for alternative (geographical) inflections of twinning. In recent years there has been, for instance, a creativity-based pilot project to set up a 'coastal twinning' between the Severn Estuary coast and the Wadden Sea coast of the Netherlands. This has yet to bear real fruit, and in need of a new boost.

There are probably many such twinning experiments in operation, but I feel this is an area ripe for expansion.
In addressing resistance and solidarity, of longer pedigree - and of a very different flavour - is the non-violent practice of 'boycott'. The original boycott, in Irish land-activism in 1880, was soon followed by an Iranian tobacco boycott in 1890, and many more since. In terms of water-related boycotts, one example I know of is/was the India-based boycott of Coca Cola due to its bottling plants reportedly causing water shortages in areas of scarce groundwater resources.

I'll return to these topics soon, but please join this conversation with your thoughts (or suggest moving this to another location on Hydrocitizens - if there is already a related discussion?)

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