- 12 May 2017
Date: Friday, 23 June 2017
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Location: G27, O'Rahilly Building, UCC
Expressed in slogans such as “water is a human right”, “water is life”, “we are water” and “defend the sacred”, throughout the globe a revolution is taking place as people organise to resist the privatisation of water. In a spirit of shared struggle against privatisation (in its many forms), this Thinkery will explore differences in approach and attitude in anti-privatisation struggles mobilized around water in Ireland, Italy, Spain and Standing Rock in the USA.
For many, the privatisation of water is a contemporary enclosure of the commons, a continuation of a process of converting everything into property that began centuries ago with land enclosures. But the understanding and use of “the commons” varies in different anti-privatisation struggles. For some, to regard water as a commons is to see it as a publicly-owned and managed resource, whereas for others it is a new way of living and governing, a way of people relating to each other and the natural world. Some talk of a commons of humankind, whereas for others commons are part and parcel of local territorial communities.