Water is life-sustaining and life-giving. We use it for cleansing, health, and play. Indigenous communities rightly refer to water as a relative, reminding us that we are deeply connected to water and should treat it with respect, care, and humility.
The WECR Caucus is committed to cultivating a national water equity ecosystem ready to advance anti-racist water systems and a climate resilient future. To do so, we must ensure we are building a culture within the water sector that works from these values. Facts are not enough to persuade people to take action. Science, alone, does not lead to equitable outcomes. Storytelling is necessary to build political will and communicate our vision for water equity and climate justice and to dismantle existing narratives and harmful systems.
Our Narrative Change Workgroup meets monthly to identify and build opportunities for narrative alignment among frontline leaders, equity partners, and movement allies. The group works to integrate creative strategies and culturally and spiritually rooted approaches to enhance and advance Caucus priorities. Participants include Caucus communications experts, storytellers, artists, and culture bearers. Read more about how we are shifting the narrative in the January 2023 issue of Public, a journal from Imagining America.
Monthly calls also develop internal and external communications strategies to support a national narrative shift that:
- Decommodifies water and reconnect communities to the spiritual and cultural importance of water.
- Emphasizes the urgency in addressing the disproportionate threats to the water security and climate impacts faced by frontline communities.
- Connects the domestic discourse to the global demands for water and climate justice.