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WSCF’s Water Justice Campaign

“Let justice roll down like a river, and righteousness
like an ever-flowing stream.” – Amos 5:24

As student activists, we see that water scarcity, pollution and commercialization are serious threats to our fellow people of Earth—the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized, with whom we are called to walk in solidarity.

The WSCF’s Advocacy and Solidarity Committee (ASC) is challenging SCMs across the Federation to take part in our first global campaign on Water Justice. Inspired by students’ global engagement with the WSCF’s 2010 advocacy theme of climate justice, the ASC along with the WSCF Executive Committee is launching the Water Justice Campaign.

As stewards of Creation, water reminds us to connect to most basic elemental level. We recognize that water is a real, universal need and that connects all of God’s world. As Christians, we know that water is a powerful symbol of our thirst for justice, of the power of the Holy Spirit, and of the Wellspring of life in Jesus

Christ. As student activists, we see that due to human action, water scarcity, water pollution and water commercialization and privatization are serious threats to our fellow people of Earth—the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized, with whom we are called to walk in solidarity.

The World Water Day slated on March 22, 2011 is our official worldwide launch of the campaign, which this year will also mark the Universal Day of Prayer for Students (UDPS). The World Water Day which is also declared by the United Nations, can be maximized and can be taken to herald the issue of water deprivation and raise awareness among our students, movements and communities. This we hope can be sustained in years of advocacy as our students look deeper into water justice issues and its impact on our local communities and in-contexts and connections with survival, sustainability, equality and justice.

How can we launch the Water Justice Campaign
on the World Water Day?

Here are some suggestions:

Sustaining the Water Justice Campaign

In order to respond in a sustained way, the federation had organized a Water Justice Task Force which will help in guiding our campaign and advocacy on this issue.

This two-year campaign will intertwine with the 2011 and 2012 WSCF advocacy themes of Overcoming Violence and Economic Justice, as we recognize that water is inextricably linked to these issues of mining justice, gender justice, land justice and indigenous rights.

We invite SCMs to explore the interconnections between these themes, and to use these themes as they incorporate the Water Justice campaign to their local context.

Announcement: The Water Justice Taskforce is open to volunteers.
Contact: wscf.watertaskforce[at]gmail.com

 

 

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