Publication Number of pages123
MetadataShow full item record
AbstractThe following is a proposal for Sli Na Bande to use the collected information, research, results and recommendations in order to raise awareness on water privatisation and to go against the implementation of water as a commodity in Ireland or other parts of the world. Our goal is to highlight the injustices faced by the people at the hands of government, in Europe and across the world by executing a historical campaign analysis and mapping out the environment of different actors playing a role on water in Ireland particularly. The two main parts of the report are: (1) a historical campaign analysis of water privatisation, which focuses on a global and European level, and (2) a mapped-out environment focusing on Ireland itself. The research starts with a global scope and then slowly narrows down to focus on a national, Irish level. To introduce the topic, the paper first highlights the necessity of water for the survival of species around the globe. This is done by focusing on topics related to climate change, such as food insecurity, water scarcity, the amount of freshwater available, melting icecaps and changes in precipitation patterns. The paper then transitions to a European perspective. The quality of water in Europe, the European directives and the regulatory framework of water utilities used by European countries are discussed. This leads to the historical campaign analysis, when the European movements against water privatisation fight for the recognition of water as a human right. The historical campaign analysis is continued and extended by analyzing four other cases of water privatisation in other countries: the UK, Senegal, France and Bolivia. The historical campaign analysis puts its entire focus on the problem statement of this research: the privatisation of water. The historical campaign analysis of water privatisation forms a bridge between the past, the present and the future by using the past Irish Water crisis, the current Bill aiming for public water ownership, and the future actions that will be undertaken for a referendum on water ownership. The referendum will show the implication of citizens and the importance of water as a public good instead of a commodity. Following the historical campaign analysis on a global, European and national Irish level, the scope is entirely put on Ireland by mapping out the environment of the different actors impacting water such as the regulators, organisations, politicians, activists, citizens, media and academics. The recommendations will be presented based on the results of this research. The paper hopes that these recommendations will ultimately enable the creation of an Irish hub, promoting an efficient cooperation of citizens, politicians and organisations fighting against the privatisation of water, through which common goals will be easier to achieve. The obtained results and recommendations can be replicated for future projects, such as the creation of a game board which schools could use to raise awareness about water, or school field trips at the facilities of Sli na Bande.
Knowledge Domain/IndustrySpecial Industries : Energy
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/