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Focus on Water, Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands

Recent & Selected Articles

  1. This is a small sampling of articles related to education and children in the Connexions Online Library. For more articles, books, films, and other resources, check the Connexions Library Subject Index, especially under topics such as education, children, youth, post-secondary education, film, and schools.
  1. When Water is a Commodity Instead of a Human Right (August 17, 2014)
    The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit residents, the proposed privatization of the water system and the diversion of the system’s revenue to banks are possible because the most basic human requirement, water, is becoming nothing more than a commodity.
  2. We Must Support Detroit's Fight for the Right to Water (July 4, 2014)
    Detroit is shutting off water to 40% of residents to prepare the water system for a corporate buyout. Residents are organizing to resist the water shuttoffs, anti-democratic rule and the demands of Wall Street - but they need our help.
  3. What Will the World Inherit From GE Salmon? (May 13, 2014)
    It’s true; about 50 percent of the fish we eat are farmed. There is good reason for this as, one by one, the world’s commercial fisheries collapse through overfishing. According to FAO (2010), 70% of the world’s large commercial fisheries have either failed or are not far from it.
  4. The Cochabamba Water War of 2000 in 2014 (April 9, 2014)
    Today’s betrayers will not erase our memory: Fourteen years ago we won, today it seems like we lost, but we have to rise again to win, and we already know how to do it.
    From April 4 to 14 in the year 2000 the so-called “Final Battle” was waged in Cochabamba, Bolivia to prevent the privatization of our water. It was part of a strategy designed by the people of Cochabamba in the “Water War” that started on November 12, 1999.
    Today, after fourteen years of this historic struggle, the people’s demands are still the same: democracy, transparency, participation and an economic model that allows us all to enjoy the riches that our Mother Earth generously provides for the benefit of all.
  5. Dismantling of Fishery Library 'Like a Book Burning,' Say Scientists (December 9, 2013)
    The Harper government has dismantled one of the world's top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making.
  6. Connexions Archive Case Statement (September 24, 2011)
    Working together to secure a future for the past
  7. Connexions Archive seeks a new home (November 18, 2009)
    The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.
  8. The Humble Tuna (October 19, 2009)
    The humble tuna, "the chicken of the sea", is an unfortunate metaphor for all that is dysfunctional about our contemporary, western, capitalist world. The story of the Tuna is the story of our triumphant world, and provides a unified theory of its runaway excess
  9. Farmers vs Coca-Cola in Water Wars (October 1, 2009)
    As India faces its worst drought in four decades, a dispute over water resources between farmers in the Kala Dera area of western Rajasthan state and a Coca-Cola bottling plant located there has sharpened.
  10. A Request For More Effective Regulation of jet skis (April 28, 2009)
    Jet skis produce noise pollution, water pollution, adversely impact wildlife and aquatic plants, and pose serious safety risks.
  11. Privatizing Water, The New World War (January 1, 2004)
    Capitalism and corporate science have colluded to bring us the latest, most insidious crisis. According to the United Nations research, 1.3 billion people in the world today lack access to clean water and 2.5 billion do not have adequate sewage and sanitation. The human suffering and environmental damage that those figures represent is unspeakable.
  12. Contamination: The Poisonous Legacy of Ontario's Environmental Cutbacks (June 4, 2000)
    The story of Ontario's right-way Harris government, which gutted health and environmental protection polices, leading to the Walkerton water disaster.
  13. Walkerton Water Tragedy -- Contamination: The Poisonous Legacy of Ontario's Environmental Cutbacks (2000)
    The story of how a right-way government which gutted health and environmental protection polices, leading to the Walkerton water disaster.
  14. Water Exports: The New Gold Rush? (March 21, 1991)
    Water shortages have become an top issue in the U.S., and it appears the nation will look north of the border for help. In Canada, opposition is growing.
  15. Canada's Water: Resource War #2 (March 16, 1991)
    Wars are usually fought over ideologies or natural resources. Canada should be concerned given its rich deposits of natural resources.
  16. Chemicals in your water: A little is too much (1984)
    There is reason to be concerned about the increasing amounts of chemicals in our water.
  17. 150 years of dirty water (1984)
    Toronto's water has been polluted pretty much since the city was founded - but that doesn't mean we should put up with it.

Selected Websites and Organizations

  1. This is a small sampling of organizations and websites concerned with education and children in the Connexions Directory. For more organizations and websites, check the Connexions Directory Subject Index, especially under topics such as education, children, youth, post-secondary education, film, and schools.

    Other Links & Resources

    • DHMO.org
      Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound. DHMO is a constituent of many known toxic substances, diseases and disease-causing agents, environmental hazards and can even be lethal to humans in quantities as small as a thimbleful. It is also known as H20.


    Books, Films and Periodicals

    1. This is a small sampling of books related to education and children in the Connexions Online Library. For more books and other resources, check the Connexions Library Subject Index, especially under topics such as education, children, youth, post-secondary education, film, and schools.


    1. At the Water's Edge
      Nature Study in Lakes, Streams, and Ponds
      Author: Cvancara, Alan M.
      A first-rate nature book that guides the reader out into the world of ponds, stream, brooks, rills, and lakes.
    2. The Cost of Living
      Author: Roy, Arundhati
      Roy takes on two of the great illusions of India's progress: the massive dam projects that have displaced millions, and the development of India's nuclear weapons. Roy peels away the mask of democracy and prosperity to show the true costs hidden beneath.
    3. Fresh Water Seas
      Saving the Great Lakes
      Author: Weller, Phil
      Weller takes readers on a tour of the Great Lakes region, tracing its natural history from the time before human habitation. He describes how the region has been affected by uncontrolled development to the point where it now contains one of the planet's most intensive concentrations of industrial and agricultural activity.
    4. The No-Nonsense Guide to Water
      Author: Black, Maggie
    5. State of the World's Oceans
      New Internationalist January/February 2007
      A look at the how the world's ocean is being destroyed and its effects on the earth.
    6. The Water Front
      A documentary about water privatization. Residents of Highland Park, Michigan, known as the birthplace of the auto-industry, have received water bills as high as $10,000; they have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed, and are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized. The Water Front is the story of an American city in crisis but it is not just about water. The story touches on the very essence of our democratic system and is an unnerving indication of what is in store for residents around the world facing their own water struggles.
      [53 minutes]


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    Resources for Activists

    The Connexions Calendar - An event calendar for activists.

    Media Names & Numbers - A comprehensive directory of Canada's print and broadcast media. (CX5857).

    Sources - A directory that enables journalists to find spokespersons of organizations. Organizations that list themselves in Sources signficantly increase their odds of getting called by reporters when they are doing a story of their issues..