Earth’s oceans, lakes , rivers , and streams are it’s circulatory system…providing life’s essentials for people, animals and ecosystems. Canada has 1/5 of the world’s fresh water, 1/4 of the wetlands, and the longest coastline. We are so blessed, but we should not take this for granted.
So many people in the world question whether they have safe and abundant drinking water. In fact, in Canada there are over 1,000 boil water advisories in place on any day. In May of 2000 bacteria in Walkerton , Ontario caused several deaths and 2300 illnesses. In 2001 in North Battleford , Sask. 14,000 residents to ill from unclean water. First Nations peoples are 90 times more likely to lack access to clean water. We are a water rich country , how can this be..?
At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012, Canada recognized the right to water, but the committed follow through is lacking. In 2015 the UN report points out” the global water crisis is one of governance, much more than of resource availability…” Canada is the only G8 country without legally enforceable national drinking water quality standards. Federal water policy is over 25yrs old. We need a new national strategy instead of relying on a hodgepodge of provincial policies.
The David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot movement is taking a stand on World Water Day, helping communities across Canada call on the federal government to make good on our right to clean water by enacting a federal environmental bill. of rights.
Blue Dot Campaign: David Suzuki
What can you do to help?
World Water Day 2016 : Official Trailer.