Water Justice News: Blue Communities

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June 6, 2017 – 10:17am
Northampton, Massachusetts is now a blue community!
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports, “The city became the first so-called blue community in the U.S. when City Council passed a resolution to that effect on [June 1].”
The ar…

 

Maude Barlow, founder of the Blue Planet Project, sent a letter today to Governor Fernando Pimental of the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil urging him to halt all plans to sell a state-run water park. The region is famous for its mineral waters, which is reputed as the most pristine source of water in […]

 

October 27, 2016 – 3:18pm

Children at the WCC event. Photo: Ivars Kupcis/WCC
I was very pleased to award the World Council of Churches (WCC) a ‘blue community’ certificate on October 25. The WCC could potentially reach more than 500 million Christi…

 

October 13, 2016 – 12:49pm

From left: Peter Jans, city councillor, representative of the City of St.Gallen; Sybille Minder Hochreutener, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Applied Sciences; Prof. Dr. Thomas Dyllick, Professor of Management with special focus on Sustainability Management; and Stefanie Graf, Leader of the Rectorate Staff Unit of the University of Teacher Education
From left: Peter Jans, city councillor, representative of the City of St.Gallen; Sybille Minder Hochreutener, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Applied Sciences; Prof. Dr. Thomas Dyllick, Professor of Management with special focus on Sustainability Management; and Stefanie Graf, Leader of the Rectorate Staff Unit of the University of Teacher Education

The Blue Planet Project congratulates the City of St.Gallen in Switzerland for becoming the latest community to join the Blue Communities Project. More than 300 people were present at the ceremony in St. Gallen on September 24 where city councillor Peter Jans unveiled the certificate announcing that St.Gallen had achieved the designation of Blue Community by:

  1. Recognising the right to water as a human right;
  2. Promoting the use of tap water from public infrastructure by ensuring that municipal facilities and services offer water from public taps wherever possible;
  3. Managing water responsibly;
  4. Promoting publicly financed, owned, and operated water and wastewater services;
  5. Cultivating public–public partnerships with international partners and advocating the right to water at the international level.

The Blue Planet also applauds the University of St.Gallen for becoming the third Blue University after the University of Bern, Switzerland and the University of Lavras in Brazil. Blue Universities are committed to promoting research on water issues from a public interest perspective to counter the growing trend of corporate sponsorships promoting private interests in academia.

 

Evanderson Xavier, Mayor of Cambuquira, expressed his thanks after receiving his city’s Blue Community certificate: With my compliments, I thank you for your visit to our beloved Cambuquira and also for the “Blue Community” designation certificate for our city. I take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to protecting our mineral waters as well as […]

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