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Environment and Health

  • The Blue Planet Project is an international civil society movement begun by The Council of Canadians to protect the world’s fresh water from the growing threats of trade and privatization – http://blueplanetproject.net/
  • Our Water Commons: Toward a New Freshwater Narrative, is a Council of Canadians report written by Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council and Senior Advisor on Water Issues to the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It is part of an effort to address the global water crisis by naming and reclaiming the freshwater commons. http://www.canadians.org/water/publications/water%20commons/index.html
  • Cap and Dividend, a project of On the Commons, is a simple, market-based way to reduce CO2 emissions without reducing household incomes. It caps fossil fuel supplies, makes polluters pay, and returns the revenue to everyone equally. http://capanddividend.org/
  • ETC Group (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights. To this end, ETC Group supports socially responsible developments of technologies useful to the poor and marginalized and it addresses international governance issues and corporate power – http://www.etcgroup.org/
  • Food & Water Watch works to ensure that food, water and fish is safe, accessible and sustainably produced – http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/
  • The International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) is a non-profit, bi-partisan organization committed to providing the public with full assessments and analyses of technological impacts on society – http://www.icta.org
  • Our Water Commons seeks to transform societal decision making for water stewardship towards participatory, democratic, community-centered systems that value equity and sustainability as a strategy – http://ourwatercommons.org/
  • The New Mexico Acequia Association. Acequias are the historic communal irrigation systems that support the culture and livelihood of thousands of families in New Mexico. The Association works to sustain their way of life by protecting water as a community resource and strengthening farming and ranching traditions.  http://www.lasacequias.org/
  • The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come – http://www.tpl.org/
  • WaterkeeperAlliance has nearly 200 Waterkeeper Organizations on six continents defending their communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water—from law-breaking polluters to unresponsive government agencies. http://waterkeeper.org/
  • Active Remedy Ltd. is working on a program to help to mitigate the problems of climate change and fresh water shortages through global mountain forest restoration and preservation. www.activeremedy.org.uk