Please go to: http://www.downstream.ecuad.ca
For people who want to think through water issues, below is a partial list of sites I’ve found helpful; this is being developed on the Downstream website. It starts with unceded Coast Salish lands and moves toward the global ocean:
- Samaqan: Water Stories
- Blue Gold Rush, an episode of First Story
- Jeannette Armstrong’s poem “Water is Siwlkw” (in the proceedings of the Third UNESCO World Water forum – pdf file)
- Michael Blackstock, Blue Ecology
- Dana Claxton, Waterspeak
- Waterscapes: Migration along the Fraser and Yangzi Rivers (a collaboration between Gu Xiong, Jennifer Chun, and Chris Lee)
- For a local perspective on water privatization, see the 20 minute film, Power Play (available free at the Save Our Rivers website), and IPP Watch (for a map of BC’s looming privatized water projects)
- False Creek Watershed Society
- Christopher Swain, The Columbia River Swim
- Rivershed Society
- Saving Vancouver’s last wild salmon stream
- Lost Creeks of Vancouver (map)
- Pacific Streamkeepers Federation
- Canadian Water History Project
- Mother Earth Water Walk
- Keepers of the Water (Keepers of the Athabasca)
- Basia Irland, archivist of water
- “Broken Mouth: Offerings for the Don River, Toronto” by Maureen Scott Harris
- The Confluence Project
- Up the Yangtze
- Bing Ai
- Wang Ping
- One Drop Foundation
- The End of the Line – about the effects of overfishing on the world’s oceans (highly recommended)
- B’eau-pal Water, courtesy of the Yes Men
- United Nations International Decade for Action: Water for Life, 2005-2015
- “Water Gaia,” essay by Lynn Margulis and Stephan Harding at the Alliance for Wild Ethics website
- The film Flow: For Love of Water is an excellent introduction to how water issues affect people around the world. Did you know that Nestle owns Perrier, Pellegrino, Zephyr Hills, and a number of other well-known water labels? People who live in the areas of the water bottling plants have been organizing to stop the exploitation of local water.
- Protect the Flathead River Valley in southeastern BC
- Save BC’s wild salmon
- Council of Canadians
- Lakes across Canada face being turned into mine dump sites
- Massive amounts of plastic garbage in the North Pacific Gyre
Paradoxes (Tao Te Ching, Chapter 78, Trans. Ursula Le Guin and JP Seaton)
Nothing in the world
is as soft, as weak, as water;
nothing else can wear away
the hard, the strong,
and remain unaltered.
Soft overcomes hard,
weak overcomes strong.
Everybody knows it,
nobody uses the knowledge.
So the wise say:
By bearing common defilements
you become a sacrificer at the altar of the earth;
by bearing common evils
you become a lord of the world.
Right words sound wrong.
This knowledge of water manifests beautifully in the Zapatista folktale, “The Story of the Sword,” found in the book Questions and Swords.