Faces of Water
I am passing on an invitation to share your views and experiences on/with
water, an initiative in preparation for 2002.
THE FACES OF WATER
HET GEZICHT VAN WATER
INVITATION TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS
Nijmegen, 3 July 2000
Together with some other organisations, we intend to organize a major
gathering in 2002 - ten years after Rio - on the 'Faces of Water'. During
that gathering the personal perception and experiences of people all over the
world regarding water will be central.Water as source of life, water as
threat, water as source of inspiration, water as ecological medium, water
shortages and flooding, water in agriculture, water and forests, clear water
and polluted water, water for joy and water that reflects. Water in seas, in
streams, in lakes, rain water, water in the earth, water from the tap. Water
and animals, water and plants. Water that makes you stay home, water that
moves you far away.
The gathering will be around stories, studies and songs, around exhibitions
and art. There will be performances, photoos, lectures and workshops.
Whatever we share, see and analyse: people's personal experiences will be
central. People coming from all continents, with all different backgrounds,
men and women, farmers and scientists, fisherfolk and artists, refugees and
policy makers. Together we will prepare for the gathering, and we hope to go
home with some concrete results.
With this letter we consult a broad group of people from around the world -
including yourself - asking the following questions:
Ø What do you think of the idea for such a gathering?
Ø Can you let us know WHAT WATER MEANS FOR YOU?
We would be pleased if you could write this down in a short note (1/2 - 1
page), in a poem, in a statement, in words or in a drawing. Can you please
send this to us by e-mail or mail before August 6st 2000? Also: please feel
free to pass this invitation to others.
Your replies will form the basis of the project-plan of 'Faces of Water'. And
we will keep you informed about the whole process.
We look forward to your reply,
With warmest greetings, in solidarity,
Thomas van Slobbe Irene Dankelman
Stichting wAarde Univ.Centre Envir.Studies
(value Earth Foundation) (University Nijmegen)
Reply address: Faces of Water, c/o Irene Dankelman, Hatertseweg 41, 6581 KD
Malden, Netherlands, phone/fax. 31.24.3564834; e-mail: