The story of water in CA is a deep-rooted and accelerating disaster pitting private and corporate/industrial interests against basic needs of people and ecosystems. But water is life, and everywhere a sacred element to protect. Where does water in Santa Cruz come from? What is an aquifer? Who has good water and who doesn’t? Who doesn’t have any water? Who has too much? How is Santa Cruz being affected by the rising oceans, their increasing warmth, their contamination? How can we summon a different sensory awareness of the materiality of water, equal to life itself, while learning to live in ongoing drought? How can we intercept the growing privatization of water, and its poisoning?
We are programming “Water School.” Water school will be a series of workshops, film screenings, listening sessions, and other events in which we explore local water systems, as well as learning about, and building solidarity with, struggles elsewhere for water access, water quality, and water protection.