Welcome to the Water for the Ages blog. I started this project six years ago to engage with water and sanitation on the global scale. Now the time has come for me to transition this project to a new digital space [forthcoming] leaving this blog [see Blog Archive above] for current and future internet people.
In the beginning, I yearned to understand how humans could care about water or the environment if they were struggling to meet basic needs. So I scoured international news outlets to begin to make sense of it all. You can see one of my earliest and simplistic blog posts here.
Over the years, unexpected engagement with people from around the world broadened my understandings. Communications came from Bangladesh, China, Holland, India, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Serbia, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, and more [see the H20 Organizations page comments]. While it was challenging to be contacted by groups globally needing extensive financial assistance for water and sanitation projects that I was unable to offer, in a very tiny way, this blog acted as one conduit for individuals to connect with each other.
Though in recent times, what started out as a project to understand water and sanitation in the “Global South” [see 13-Gallon Challenge and Water for the Ages in India posts] morphed into a project to critically evaluate the south/north binary in terms of water and sanitation [see Water for the Ages Gets a Brand New (out)Look, Water and Toilets for Humans w/o Homes, and Empowerment and Gender Equality in Water and Sanitation: What does it mean? What does it matter? posts].
Since my views on water and sanitation have evolved, I’m moving into a new digital space in coming weeks. But this blog still gets many visits on pages such as H20 Organizations, H20 Films, and H20 Books. So feel free to peruse those pages as well as the Blog Archive at your leisure. You may also message me at ablbrown [at] ucsc [dot] edu or follow @waterfortheages to stay in contact. May we all continue to collaborate so that humans and non-humans alike have safe and plentiful water, toilets, and hygiene!