Dam Empty? Damn Right! (zine)
The Zine and performance urged Australians to take action on Water as a Human Right – Australia by signing a petition to the Senate to enshrine Water as a Human Right in the Australian constitution.
If you want to take action on Water as a Human Right - Australia:
Petition your Senate to enshrine Water as Human Right in the Australian constitution. This is a link to the petition form and we have a suggested wording below. http://www.aph.gov.au/…/Petitio…/Senate_Petitions/petitions…
The petition of the undersigned shows:
The human right to water is not formally protected in Australia as the right is not recognised in the Australian Constitution or federal legislation. Water management history in Australia shows prioritisation of economic uses of water over sustainability as can be seen in the over allocation of water entitlements in the Murray Darling Basin. With the threat of water shortages increasing as a result of changes to the climate through Climate change we the undersigned petition the Senate to protect our human right to water as outlined in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 64/292 ( 28 July 2010) of the International Decade for Action 'Water for life" 2005 - 2015.http://www.un.org/waterforlifede…/human_right_to_water.shtml
Your petitioners ask that the Senate:
We ask as a matter of urgency that the Senate of Australia adopt at Commonwealth, State & Territory levels a 'Human Right to Water Act' that explicitly outlines the scope, content and application of the right to water prioritising human and environmental water uses over short term economic uses.