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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.

April 21, 2013

The Great American Commons

Our National Forests cover 191 million acres in 40 states
April 17, 2013

Good News for the Common Good

4 recent victories strengthen the commons
January 8, 2013

Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization

As foreign investors eye their public utilities, water workers scramble to create cooperatives

(Photo by M. Christian under a CC license from flickr.com)

October 24, 2012

How New York City Kept Its Drinking Water Pure--And Saved Billions of Dollars

1st in a series looking at the unsung heroes who keep public water systems safe and efficient
September 12, 2012

Needed: A New Vision for the Great Lakes

A commons belonging to all rather than a commodity for sale to the highest bidder
September 1, 2012

What We Can Do to Protect the Great Lakes

Creating a commons charter to govern management of the lakes will protect the public interest
August 10, 2012

Water Privatization Overlooked as Factor in Egypt's Revolt

Mubarak's water policies contributed to the Arab Spring revolution last year
Lake Rotoroa, NZ
July 11, 2012

10 Water Commons Principles

A co-creative approach for protecting the planet's future