WSCF Water Justice Campaign

January 16th, 2012 12:21 pm

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

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 commercialisation and privatisation 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 22 March 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:

Sample slogans we can use:

  1. WATER is a Human Right (to highlight water as fundamental need and human right)
  2. We Thirst for JUSTICE! Water is a Right! (to stress scarcity of water/privatization )
  3. Giant DAMs = Environment DAMage (to connect on dam/water privatization, environment degradation and displacement of people)
  4. Peoples/Public Control NOT Corporate Control on Water!

Although this is a global campaign to highlight that the water crisis is also a only a local issue as the media and political/business elites often portray, but a world-wide problem, students are encouraged to make this campaign relevant to their local contexts.

We encourage students partaking in this action to take pictures and videos and share them with the rest of the Federation through WSCF Connection and with the Interregional Office in Geneva. The campaign will aim to trigger conversations and reflections on how the water crisis is affecting local realities, indigenous people, marginalized communities and need for governments to genuinely respond to it. 

Sustaining the Water Justice Campaign.

In order to respond in a sustained way, the federation has 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.

The Water Justice Taskforce is open to volunteers, please contact: wscf.watertaskforce@gmail.com

Please contact Water Task Force or the WSCF Interregional Office with any questions!

Christine Housel
General Secretary
World Student Christian Federation
Email:wscf.watertaskforce@gmail.com, chh@wscf.ch, christinehousel@gmail.com
Website: www.wscfglobal.org

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