In July 2010 the United Nations General Assembly declared that access to clean water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights. Today more than 1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. Moreover, scarcity and unequal access to water are major risk factors for violent conflict.
The American West has known water scarcity and conflict since the 1800s, and has responded by pursuing two primary goals: control of water allocation for the states, and certainty of water supplies for users. Reed Benson will briefly discuss how these twin goals have shaped western water law and policy in various contexts.
Water is our planet's most precious resource. It is required by every living thing, yet a huge proportion of the world's population struggles to access it. Agriculture, aquaculture, industry, and energy depend on it - yet its adequacy and safety engender conflict.
Northern Ireland's 'Troubles' were ended by the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the ethno-national aggression in Bosnia-Herzegovina was halted by the Dayton Accord of 1995, and the Israel -- Palestine conflict was slowed for some years by the Oslo Accords of 1993. Revisiting a study made by the author in these three countries during the late 1990s, this article draws on interviews conducted in 2012 with feminist activists of that earlier period.
An internationally celebrated African-American poet, writer, commentator, and activist, Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, visited Randolph College on February 17, 2011, to deliver a lecture on "Activism and Civil Rights Today" to a packed house at Randolph's Houston Memorial Chapel. The event, which honored the 50th anniversary of Lynchburg, VA's first civil rights sit-ins, featured the women of Randolph's a cappella group Songshine performing "Ride On King Jesus," an introduction by Randolph College President John E. Klein, and then the main event — a thoughtful and illuminating presentation by Giovanni on education, civil-rights activism, and the importance of poetry and the arts.
Lesra Martin discusses how hope, heart and human spirit can help people achieve their goals. He explains that nothing can be achieved in life without hope since people won't work for something unless they believe in it.
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