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Corporate initiatives to privatize, control, deplete or pollute fresh water around the world are intensifying, which raises sobering questions about fair access to an indispensable resource for life. The commons provides many constructive answers to this growing threat.

To ensure safe drinking water for all, Arturo Quevedo vigilantly protects local watersheds for the municipal water utility in Loja, Ecuador. (Photo by Daniel Moss)

May 19, 2014

Clean Water Warrior

Artruro Quevedo enlists citizens, landowners and public officials to protect the water supply in southern Ecuador
January 17, 2014

Cities Partner with Rural Communities to Protect Water

The benefits of recognizing watersheds as commons around the globe
January 15, 2014

Public Water Systems Can Help the War on Poverty

Rising water costs aggravate low-income families' problems
October 23, 2013

Public Beats Private

Six reasons why privatization simply doesn't work
September 19, 2013

Passion for the Great Lakes Runs Deep

Organizer Alexa Bradley reveals the Great Lakes Commons Initiative's key to success: community leadership
September 3, 2013

Great Lakes Commons Map is a Tool for Building Awareness

Paul Baines explains his crowdsourced project--and another way folks in Toronto are growing the movement
August 17, 2013


Join a public art project to recognize the Great Lakes as a commons
June 17, 2013

Learning to "Commonify" Your Mind

Breaking free of the belief that the market rules everything in our lives
May 24, 2013

Protecting Drinking Water by Preventing Pollution in Upstream Communities

Latin American water leaders discuss commons approach for safe water