We believe that water is a human right; it is essential to sustain livelihoods, and should not be treated as an economic good. Large scale mega-projects like hydro-dams and mining operations should only go ahead with the full consent of local people, and should not threaten their access to water.
Friends of the Earth International groups campaign for water justice by promoting Public-Public Partnerships for water management systems, urging water reduction and reuse, and restoring rivers and wetlands to more natural states.
We work together with local communities in protecting their right to water. We oppose large scale ‘development’ projects that pollute rivers and that use large quantities of water. We mobilize the public to vote for new laws and regulations that keep water in the public domain.
- Under Pressure: How our material consumption threatens the planet’s water resources
- A new report by Friends of the Earth Europe shows that European consumption is threatening the world's water supply.
- Colombia: Demonstrations mark International Day Against Dams
- On Wednesday March 16, civil society organisations in Colombia took to the streets of the capital Bogota, to mark the International Day of Action Against Dams and for the defence of rivers, water and life. They were joined by other like-minded organisations from the continent and beyond.
- un vote to recognise water as a human right
- On July 28 the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly agreed to a resolution declaring the human right to "safe and clean drinking water and sanitation."