No Justice – No Water – No Life

By Sarah Ross
All Photos © Alison M. Jones

The interconnection between environmental and social issues is undeniable. As environmental justice gains momentum in facing the most pressing issues of our time, NWNL has consciously intensified its coverage of issues disproportionately facing Black, Indigenous, Latinx, African and other marginalized communities. We are reexamining environmental injustice issues we’ve documented for 15 years; while our passionate NextGen Team prioritizes current environmental and social justice stories present on a global scale. This blog shares some of our favorite NextGen environmental-justice posts from 2021.

For further clarification, read our official Environmental Social Justice Statement on our NWNL website.


Environmental Justice: A NextGen Focus

HydroDam Threats to Omo & Turkana Tribes

By Marianne Swan, State University of New York, Oneonta
Feb 10, 2021

For half a million Indigenous Peoples in the Omo-Turkana River Basin, time is of the essence. The Ethiopian government’s hydropower and commercial agriculture initiatives are forcing these Indigenous communities to relocate. Those who stay must contend with compromised food and water security. Continue reading…

Solving Canada’s Water Advisories to its First Nations

By Gabrielle Wilson, Ryerson University
June 16, 2021

Clean drinking water is indisputably one of the most basic human necessities. However, access to safe drinking water has been historically challenging for First Nation communities across Canada. Multiple drinking water advisories continue to be in effect in dozens of reserves. Continue reading…

Women in Freshwater Management

By Johanna Mitra, Stony Brook University
Mar 17, 2021
Across most of the world’s developing nations, women and children are often entirely responsible for water collection. In fact, women handle 70% of global water use for domestic, health, and food production purposes. Yet, very few of them can be found in decision-making roles regarding freshwater resources. Continue reading…

Gold Mining and Environmental Degradation in Tanzania


By Jacqueline Jobin, University of Minnesota
Mar 31, 2021

Gold can be seen everywhere, yet it is often enjoyed without regard for the environmental impacts of its production and extraction. Gold mining can lead to soil and water contamination, endangering local communities and their water resources. Continue reading…

Climate Change in the Ganges River Basin

By Johanna Mitra, Stony Brook University
Apr 28, 2021

As the Ganges River supports one of the most populated regions of the world, it’s no surprise that the river suffers from severe pollution and contamination due to human activity. However, there exists another, more subtle threat that’s perhaps more dangerous to this great river system: climate change. Continue reading…

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