Saluting Women Water Warriors

Saluting Women Water Warriors

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…]

The “Biography” of a Bold Idea

The “biography” of a bold idea

Agricultural water productivity for sustainable development Adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has added new impetus to the far-reaching concept of agricultural water productivity. This is the idea that raising farm outputs or their value relative to the amount of water used in agriculture, by far the world’s biggest water consumer, is critical to address water scarcity.

SDG 6 (“ensure availability and sustainable management of water and … [more…]

Syria conflict: The biblical river at the heart of a water war

Syria conflict: The biblical river at the heart of a water war

The Barada river runs through the heart of Damascus The flashpoint for Syria’s war, six years old this March, has in recent days taken the form of an elemental struggle over water. The drinking water supply to some 5 million residents in the Syrian capital, Damascus, was cut on 23 December by the Damascus Water Authority, who


I Am Water – Penelope Cruz

video-frame capture: image of whitewater rapids. Penelope Cruz narrates this beautiful video: I Am Water. Suitable for all ages and all audiences.

This short video features poetically beautiful images of water in many of its forms. Its message concludes by reminding us, “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” Narrated by Penelope Cruz.

0:04 I am water.
0:07 To humans
0:08 I am simply just there.
0:12 I’m something they just take for granted.
0:17 But there is only so much of me.
0:21 And more and more of them every single … [more…]