Everyone, be they educators, community members, or students, has the power to promote water justice. Dr. Farhana Sultana discusses several ways in Water justice: why it matters and how to achieve it:
- Water education: learn and become aware
- Water investigation: ask the right questions and research
- Water ethic: rethink your relationship to water
- Water justice and advocacy: get involved and become a water warrior
- Water democracy: promote equity and inclusivity
Water education and learning
Open access information about water is available from Global Water Forum’s learning hub. This includes calculators, data and tools, free ebooks, a glossary, open Access journals and blogs, and other education resources such as databases, lectures, courseware, and other resources.
Increasing understanding of your local water catchment is another great step. Or you can measure your water footprint.
You can learn more about water justice issues through the Hub’s Water Stories [LINK], or promote understanding in others by share your own story!
As Dr Sultana explains… ‘Asking the right questions in any situation is important as context matters… Asking difficult and challenging questions about these aspects avoids localism and myopic solution-seeking.’ A collaborative, interdisciplinary approach enriches water justice investigation.
The Water Justice Hub is brings researchers and community together [LINK TO MEMBER PAGE] to tackle the big problems of water justice.
We talk about water justice- but water about justice for water? Consider your own ethic towards water, perhaps adopt the water ethics charter, and take actions that reduce your impact on water.
Water justice and advocacy
Water justice is requires collective action and advocacy to promote human rights. Addressing local issues often requires immediate action combined with long term advocacy for systemic change at the institutional level. As Dr Sultana suggests, the first step is to commit and remain engaged.
Water democracy: promote equity and inclusivity
Water is essential to life. It is non-substitutional. Issues of water justice are intrinsically linked to power, inclusion and equity. All voices need to be heard, not just the loudest. Water warriors can promote water justice by amplifying voices (e.g. social media), supporting independent journalism, and equitable decision making.