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Section Banner: Public Witness Rally, Ft Lauderdale, FL GA 2008

Unitarian Universalist Policy

Several statements passed by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations refer to an inherent human right to water:

Cancer-Causing Substances in Air and Water
1976 General Resolution
WHEREAS, safe air to breathe and safe water to drink are essential to life;

Earth, Air, Water, and Fire
1997 General Resolution
WHEREAS safe air to breathe, safe water to drink, and a sustainable environment are essential for life;

Natural Resources
1966 General Resolution
Pure water, pure air, open spaces and wilderness areas are precious natural resources belonging to all the people;

Indian Rights
1970 Business Resolution
In opposing the continued exploitation of the Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts;
In demanding an end to the continued encroachment ... upon their human rights, ancestral homelands, and water resources;

End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
2006 Action of Immediate Witness
Petition their congressional representatives to support passage of H. R. 2719, the Clean Water Protection Act;

Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste
1984 General Resolution
WHEREAS, every person has the right to a safe and healthful environment; and ...
BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1984 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association urges all Unitarian Universalists to inform themselves, educate others, and involve themselves and others in solving the problems caused by improper disposal of hazardous waste and toxic materials into our land, water and air;

Lift All Non-Military Sanctions Against Iraq
1991 Resolution of Immediate of Witness
WHEREAS the United States and Allied forces destroyed the infrastructure of Iraq, killed tens of thousands of people, left the people of Iraq without clean water, electricity, food and medical supplies, and thereby caused extreme public health and environmental problems;

Infant Formula
1979 General Resolution
WHEREAS, poor mothers living in unhygienic conditions frequently mix the formula in weak solution with polluted water, adding the risk of disease to the problem of malnutrition;

1969 General Resolution
Implement recent federal legislation by establishing stringent standards and enforceable regulations at state and federal levels to prevent contamination of all water—atmospheric, surface, and subsurface (thermal pollution must be considered a contaminant in this context);

Debt Relief for Poor Countries
2001 Action of Immediate Witness
Whereas the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) make loans to developing nations to help stabilize their currencies and to develop their resources such as transportation, hydroelectricity, and water supply;

Economic Globalization
2003 Statement of Conscience
Certain public goods like water and education should remain under the protection of the state for the benefit of all citizens.

Alternatives to the "War on Drugs"
2002 Statement of Conscience
As Unitarian Universalists committed to respecting the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part, we find irresponsible and morally wrong the practices of scorching the earth and poisoning the soil and ground water in other countries to stop the production of drugs that are illegal in the United States.

Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change
2006 Statement of Conscience
Entire cultures, nations, and life forms are at risk of extinction while basic human rights to adequate supplies of food, fresh water, and health as well as sustainable livelihoods for humans are being undermined.

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