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DNP - World Water Day

According to the United Nations, "World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. " However, the crisis reflects the nature of capitalism itself, which turns the earth's resources into simple commodities for the purpose of trade and profit. The weight of the crisis, however, has consistently fallen on the shoulders of the world's oppressed peoples throughout the globe – from Indigenous territories displaced by extractivist policies to impoverished communities suffering floods and contaminated water. teleSUR takes a look at some of our past and present multimedia coverage of the crisis being tackled by struggling communities around the world fighting for their survival.

If You Read One Thing

Water Wars? Experts Urge Rethinking Our Relationship with Water

Humans are quickly depleting water at higher rate than nature can replenish, transforming it into both a catalyst and a weapon during wars and conflicts. READ MORE

Water Protectors in Dakota

 

Standing Rock Tribal Leader Stresses Unity in DAPL Resistance

The tribal leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stressed the importance of a united opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. READ MORE

San Francisco Votes to Divest $1.2 Billion from Dakota Access

The city became the fifth in the U.S. to divest from companies and banks that are involved in the oil project. READ MORE

 

Threat of Mining 

 

Reclaiming Water: Chilean Fight Against US Dam Project Heats Up

A years-long, high-stakes fight against an embattled U.S. hydroelectric dam in Chile has taken a small but important step in the campaign to halt the project that jeopardizes the water supply for some 7 million people living in and around the capital city of Santiago. READ MORE

More Than Half of Mexican Rivers Severely Contaminated: Report

Sixty percent of the 51 main rivers of Mexico — or 35 of them — are heavily polluted, according to the 2016 Atlas of Water carried out by the National Commission of Water. The rivers Balsas, Santiago, Panuco, Grijalva-Usumacinta, Turbio, Papaloapan, Coatzacoalcos and Tonala are among the most contaminated, the study found. READ MORE

Trump's BLM May Lease 700,000 Acres of California for Drilling

California may lease out 700,000 acres of land across the state to exploit oil resources that the Bureau of Land Management has repeatedly failed to sell in the past. READ MORE

Gaza's Water Crisis

Gaza's Water Crisis Is Causing Irreversible Damage: World Bank

The water crisis in Gaza has become so heightened that the United Nations' 2014 prediction that the region will become uninhabitable by 2020 stands to be true, according to a report released by the World Bank. READ MORE

How the Fight for Water Unites Palestine and Dakota

From our demand for just rights, the pursuit of sovereignty, and a long history of resistance, we walk a joint path to liberation. READ MORE

Opportunities and Threats

El Salvador Water Warriors Fight Corporate Greed to Win Rights

El Salvador faces a water scarcity emergency, and yet proposals by water rights defenders have been blocked for years by corporate interests. READ MORE

Shell's Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and the Limits of Capitalism

Simply put: Capitalism is the problem. READ MORE

India Gives Sacred Rivers Same Legal Rights as People

Giving legal rights to nature started in Ecuador when it rewrote its constitution in 2008. Now similar reforms are spreading across the globe. READ MORE

Overheated Arctic Sign of Climate Change 'Vicious Circle'

Ice cover at the top of the globe shrank to its smallest area in 2016 — some 4.14 million sq km (1.6 million sq. miles) — on Sept. 16. READ MORE

 

 
  • A man takes part in a march with veterans to Backwater Bridge just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as

    A man takes part in a march with veterans to Backwater Bridge just outside of the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as 'water protectors' continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. | Photo Reuters

  • Water from a flooded street enters a garage in Havana, Cuba.

    Water from a flooded street enters a garage in Havana, Cuba. | Photo Reuters

  • A potato grows in a field irrigated by recycled waste water.

    A potato grows in a field irrigated by recycled waste water. | Photo Reuters

  • Police use a water cannon on protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, Nov. 20, 2016.

    Police use a water cannon on protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, Nov. 20, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Messages of support for water protectors who continue to protest against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

    Messages of support for water protectors who continue to protest against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. | Photo Reuters

  • Children have been worst hit by severe water shortages on La Guajira peninsula.

    Children have been worst hit by severe water shortages on La Guajira peninsula. | Photo Las2orillas.co

  • Demonstrators holding buckets protest over the ongoing drought in the center of La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 18, 2016.

    Demonstrators holding buckets protest over the ongoing drought in the center of La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 18, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • Drought has been one of the worst weather related disasters.

    Drought has been one of the worst weather related disasters. | Photo Reuters

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