Saturday, March 16, 2013

Make a splash for water on March 22

March 22 is World Water Day, and to mark this day, the Council of Canadians encourages you to take action for water in your community. There are few things more important than clean, safe water, but new federal government legislation, damaging and polluting industries, and water privatization efforts are putting our water sources at risk.

You can make a difference. The fight to reclaim water as a commons – a public resource available to all – is happening now. Across Canada people are objecting to omnibus budget bills that removed much-needed protections from 99 per cent of lakes and rivers in Canada, they are fighting plans to cut environmental assessments for massive projects such as pipelines that endanger waterways, and they are standing up for public water in their communities.

Here are some things you can do to take action for water on March 22:
  • Join our photo campaign to send a message to the Harper government that we will protect our water sources even if it won't.
  • Make your community a Blue Community by getting your municipal council to recognize water as a human right, support public water and ban bottled water.
  • Pass a fracking resolution in your community and help stop this extraction technique that uses and pollutes millions of litres of water.
World Water Day events are happening across Canada. Thirty-five communities will be holding 44 events, and more are being added every day. Be sure to check out the events being organized in your community and don't forget to check out our resources and publications that you can use to help inform people and raise awareness.

Join us on March 22 so we can all make a difference for water!

Emma Lui
Water Campaigner, the Council of Canadians