Preamble

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and diversity of all forms and beings, including water as a subject and agent, as well as recognition of their equal and inalienable rights, are the foundation of life, justice, and freedom;

Whereas disregard and contempt for water rights have resulted in barbarous ecologic and historical acts, and the advent of environments in which all beings shall enjoy freedom of agency and development and freedom from abuse of any kind is the highest ecological aspiration;

Whereas it is essential that water rights should be protected by metaphysical norms, to compel humans to stop abusing of what they consider object, while in fact, water is subject: not mere matter, but acting entity, whose agency and manifestation are independent of human existence and action;

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of ecological relations between humans, societies, and nations, today imposing arbitrarily upon water, which instead should be part of a symmetric relationship with humans. To permit humans to claim their property on water means considering it only as a means of survival and subsistence of the human being, thus depriving it of any right;

Whereas all life and ecosystems depend on, benefit from, and interact with water;

Whereas science and philosophy have reaffirmed their faith in ecosystems to guarantee fundamental rights, in the dignity and worth of nature as a whole, in the equal rights of all forms and beings and have determined to promote progress and better standards of life in larger freedom and equilibrium among them;

Whereas humans, identified as the main culprits of this deprivation of rights, have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation and negotiation with nature and with non-humans, the promotion of respect for and observance of water rights and fundamental freedoms for all beings;

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge;


English version by: Alberto Tiraferri

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