An Agate Original (link below) | Dr. Deborah Swackhamer
It’s March, and Deb Swackhamer recently returned to Minnesota from the Solomon Islands, where one of the highlights of a snorkeling expedition was watching “cleaning stations,” where brightly-colored tiny fish called wrasse eat parasites and dead tissue off manta rays with 20-foot wingspans. “These huge manta rays would circle around, slow down, and let the ‘cleaner fish’ clean them off, which
How many people have access to clean and safe water? Where do they get it from, and how much do they pay for it? A new report by the World Health Organisation/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme delves into data on drinking water from the last 17 years to give a detailed view of the state of access to drinking water today.
The report also examines how the current situation matches up … [more…]
Kayapó women bathe their children in the waters of the Xingu. Photo by Glenn Switkes.
In many parts of the world, women and girls bear a large burden of the domestic work providing water to their families and communities – collecting and carting it from wells and tanks to do the washing, cooking, cleaning, watering of animals, and growing fruits and vegetables.
Yet when it comes to decision-making around water … [more…]
“My jaw dropped when I pulled a carbon-copied transcript of a 1960 water committee hearing fully identifying the ‘Davis’ as Assemblyman Pauline L. Davis. A woman in the Legislature! Involved in water policy! The water committee chair, no less!”
It was, as James Brown sang in the 1960s, “a man’s, man’s, man’s world” back then – and still is, for the most part, in the world of water policy. As … [more…]