Revolving around a downloadable infographic poster designed for community spaces, the new online toolkit takes readers through the impacts of mining, the value of clean water and the importance of defending water in order to realise other human rights.
The toolkit also includes:
- Video tools from the New Media Advocacy project, sharing lessons from communities who have or are responding to mining threats:
- Research reports from The Gaia Foundation sharing more detail on mining’s role in the water crisis and an animation sharing taking the viewer on a journey through a water cycle free from- , then impacted-by mining.
- A guide to protecting your community from mining, written by Ecuadorian activist Carlos Zorilla.
Available in English, Spanish and French, and optimised for use and sharing via mobile/cell phone, the toolkit is designed with frontline communities in mind.
The Water is Life Toolkit was co-produced by the 10 regional coordinators of the YLNM Network, who brought together experiences anti-extractivism movements on every inhabited continent. The coordinators worked together to identify the need for a toolkit focused on water, the design of the infographic and extra tools for the website.
Help us spread the Water is Life Toolkit
First printed in 2018, the infographic poster has already been distributed worldwide by the YLNM Network, reaching communities resisting mining in Colombia, Finland, Spain, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, the UK, Australia and Canada.
The Water is Life Toolkit is dedicated to the communities around the world who are putting their lives on the line to defend sources of healthy water for humanity and our relatives in the living world.
The Yes to Life No to Mining Network is made up of many such communities. On World Water Day, we celebrate them and encourage you to read more deeply into their work. Here are a few inspiring examples…
In a lake-rich region of Eastern Finland, the community of Selkie successfully closed down an opencast peat mine that was polluting their rivers. Since then, with the support of YLNM members the Snowchange Cooperative, they have dedicated themselves to re-wilding this damaged waterscape using a blend of traditional knowledge and science. Their success can be seen in the return of fish to the rivers, restored marshes, wetlands and thousands of birds setting down on their winter migrations. Find out more…
Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea
Canadian miner Nautilus Minerals hopes to open the world’s first commercial deep sea mine- the Solwara 1 Project- off the coast of Papua New Guinea. But thanks to a powerful grassroots campaign led by local coastal communities united as the Alliance of Solwara Warriors, the company is on the verge of giving up. With international allies, the Alliance has popularised the call for a ban on deep sea mining, which has become a global issue. Find out more...
Sperrins Mountains, Northern Ireland
Dalradian Resources hopes to open a gold mine in the Sperrin Mountains, and to build a cyanide processing plant on a ridge straddled by two local rivers that are home to otters, Atlantic salmon and rare freshwater pearl mussels. Dalradian’s plans have been met with huge resistance from groups like YLNM members Save Our Sperrins, who have travelled far and wide, protested and raised over 10,000 rejection letters to stop the project. Find out more...
Xolobeni, South Africa
On South Africa’s Wild Coast, the coastal Amadiba Community have been fighting a long battle to protect their beaches, rivers and fishing traditions from mining. Australian miner Mineral Resources Limited is seeking to gouge minerals from sand dunes along the coast. Through blockades, court cases and protests, the Amadiba People of Xolobeni have so far stopped the project and helped establish major precedents for communities’ ‘Right to Say No’ to mining on their lands. Find out more…
In March 2017, citizens of the Colombian municipality of Cajamarca voted to ban mining from their territory in a revolutionary popular consultation (local referendum). Their victory protected rivers, cloud forests and andean water-producing ecosystems from destruction by gold mining and triggered a national wave of popular consultations- a movement for democracy and peace, and against mining conflict. Cajamarca is now leading the way in developing local alternatives to mining. Find out more…