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#ProtectWater - Sign NOW!

 

SIGN NOW: tell the European Commission to keep Europe’s water law strong! 

#ProtectWater

We all need water to survive. But without healthy rivers, lakes and wetlands, there is no water.

The sources of Europe’s water are protected under EU law – but many EU governments want to weaken the law. Together, we MUST stop this from happening.

The European Commission now wants YOU to have your say through its public consultation.

This is your only chance to tell them to keep our water law strong. We have prepared the response that will best ensure that the law is kept safe.

To send this to the Commission on your behalf, please fill in your details and click ACT NOW.

 

 
 

#ProtectWater - Water pollution from intensive farming in Europe

#ProtectWater - The over-consumption of water on Europe's farmland

 

What’s the problem?

60% of Europe’s rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands are not healthy. For generations we have destroyed and polluted them, and used too much water irresponsibly. If we continue in this way, it will affect everything – from the small things we take for granted in our daily lives, to keeping entire industries going. It will also severely impact the countless bird species and other wildlife that depend on these water ecosystems to survive. The EU water law protects our water sources, but governments now want to weaken it.

Who’s to blame?

Our governments are allowing rivers, lakes and wetlands to be exploited in ways that cause permanent harm. For example, dams and other infrastructure (e.g. hydropower, flood defence and navigation) sever a river’s natural flow and stop species from reproducing. Unsustainable agriculture pollutes and uses huge amounts of water. Through the EU water law, governments agreed to end this destruction - but, they have failed to live up to their promises. And, to make matters worse, they now want weaken the law!

What’s the solution?

In Europe, we have a strong law that protects our rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams, coastal waters and groundwater – the EU Water Framework Directive. It also guarantees that waters which have already been damaged are brought back to life. But, as you read this, many governments are trying to weaken the law. This would be a terrible blow for our rivers, lakes and wetlands, and everything that depends on them.

ACT NOW: tell the European Commission to keep Europe’s water law strong using the above form!