RDA 6. Perennial flow of freshwater

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Water flows!

Context & SDG Shortcoming

Human activity on the planet, has severely disturbed water cycles and flows. Human settlements are sources of toxins, organic wastes, and other substances that contaminate freshwater. Human built environments have significant;y displaced, disturbed natural ecosystems and the living processes (recycling, storage, filtration, distribution of nutrients, etc.) of watersheds everywhere.

SDG 6: Water management and sanitation is written as responsive to this unhealthy, fragmentary, and dysfunctional context.

Living systems

Terrestrial ecosystems and bodies remain healthy and vibrant because freshwater flows through them, activating all sorts of processes essential to Life. These ecosystems, as diverse as they are, all utilize and filter freshwater in creative ways before it makes its way to the oceans. They adapt to the overall availability of water, whether abundant or minimally seasonal. Water flows are perennial when water cycles are not interrupted.

Water is the basis for all Life. Freshwater is the basis for all terrestrial Life. The perennial flow of freshwater must be cherished and protected all as a commons. The more ecosystems and beings it flows through, the healthier it is. Its free-flowing nature is the secret to its own health.

Perennial flow of freshwater

The aim of perennial flow of freshwater envisions the possibility of water abundance for communities, both ecological and human-produced. Perennial flow refocuses priorities towards regeneration of ecosystems and retrofitting human settlements, so they restore the living processes essential to all Life--so that water flows through them naturally.

This Aim acknowledges that human activities that contaminate or significantly disrupts the perennial flow of freshwater are no longer viable and must cease. It also recognizes, that the natural distribution of freshwater around the planet is varied and uneven. Human settlement and activity, and their water use, must be responsive to and the intensity of use derivative from these natural ecological conditions. It is simply not appropriate to locate human settlements or water-intensive activities in water-limited areas.

This Aim, as with the RDAs in general, requires a fundamental shift away from the idea that we must reach some disastrous limit (carrying capacity) and toward awakening a deep caring capacity that guides regenerative tending of our biospheric commons.

Pattern generators

This aim could be generative of the following patterns in any Community of Place of any scale.

  • recognition that water is sacred, it is the basis for all Life [6.0]
  • recognition that water in the form of freshwater is essential to all terrestrial Life
  • eradicate the ownership and commodification of the commons, especially freshwater [6.1b]
  • eliminate all toxic substance use/contamination [6.3a]
  • return water to natural systems cleaner than it was sourced [6.3b]
  • redesign Human settlements where all organic wastes can be re-integrated free of toxins to natural systems [6.2]
  • universal access to safe and free drinking water for all [6.1a]
  • integrate wise use of water at all levels, beginning with the watershed [6.5]
  • redesign built environments to make optimal use of all freshwater sources and creatively reuse water in every safe way possible [6.4]
  • protect, restore and regenerate all ecosystems (both human and wild) within the context of whole watersheds/lifesheds [6.6-a]
  • actively build-capacity for bioregional self-governance of watersheds/lifesheds [6.b]

Note: SDG target linkages in brackets.

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Resolution of Forces & Use Cases

Activating Force: Water is seen as a finite resource that needs to be managed and controlled in order to be used by all humans and its activities.
Restraining Force: Freshwater is becoming a scarse resource affecting humans, their activities and namely the ecosystems on which humans depend (directly and indirectly).
Reconciling Force: A new paradigm of understanding this alive element of the living planet and the need for it to renaturalize its flows and cycles, as well as be considered a common, will support basic ecosystem functions and humankind to thrive.

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