EcoJustice, is a charitable organizations working to protect Canadian rights to a healthy environment. Over 100 countries world wide have already recognized their citizens rights, Canada should be next.
Originally published March 22, 2011
Today around the world people will demonstrate, write blog posts, think and talk about the issues surrounding water. Lack of water, the polluting of it, bottling it, public water ways sold for profit. Indeed there is a lot of interest in the water in our own backyards.
As another World Water Day arrives the time has never been better to consider the state of water, in our taps and around the world. In Canada we are flanked by two Oceans and have the most fresh water, and best drinking water in the world. We also have a pressing need to protect this natural resource that is our heritage and human right.
The Council of Canadians, a group of citizens that supports social action, urges Canadians to protect the water that belongs to all of us. They have issued an action alert a call out to British Coloumbians to take notice of the governments plans to modernise the water act.
Alarming propositions like the introduction of a Water Market that would deregulate controls over who uses the water and for what. Removing any prioritising of water for the people of this province. This is our natural resource. How it will be managed, and who, if anyone, should profit from the use of it needs to be determined. There is a world water forum being held in Brussels, and also currently under negotiation is a trade agreement, much like NAFTA, with the EU that would givve access to the rivers of B.C. as part of the deal as well.
Who should have access to this water? If it is a human right we can not keep it all for ourselves, but surely we realise the absolute need to protect our own access to this water. The water in British Columbia belongs to the people, animals and plants who live here. It is ours and not for sale to the highest bidder. Protecting this resources is our responsibility. Any government or individuals who would stand to profit from this process does not act in the best interest of it’s citizens.
*A provincial Water Act was introduced in 2012. Tell the BC government that you do not want the introduction of a water market to allocate water under the new Water Act. Ask the government to support an allocation system that provides hierarchy of use prioritizing ecological and social needs.
1) Though the ability for resident’s to engage has be significantly limited in recent months you are able to engage with the process by posting to the ‘Living Water Smart’ blog: (http://blog.gov.bc.ca/livingwatersmart/) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) With the political uncertainty surrounding this process, it is extremely important to raise this issue during the leadership races of all the political parties and to demand that candidates make a commitment to preventing a water market from being introduced in any future legislation. Contact your local MLA today and make sure that all leadership candidates make their position clear.*From the Council of Canadians Website.
Greenpeace has put out this great video to encourage people to stop coal exports. This is American campaign but could easily be directed towards Canadians as well. Coal is Bad for Americans,and bad for Canadians, therefore it is bad for everyone, no matter what shore they live on! Learn about this “Coal Conspiracy” who will benefit, and who takes the risks.
In an effort to demonstrate the power of individual actions equalling one big statement, dozens of retailers including grocery giant Loblaw have agreed to participate by lowering their stores temperatures by 3 degrees and wearing a sweater instead.
Wearing a sweater is a symbolic way people can participate in the ongoing dialogue about energy conservation and personal consumption.
Office workers, businesses and schools alike are encouraged to book a call from granny to be reminded about the big event.
By wearing the ugly sweater from the back of your closet you can help too. There are prizes to be won, so spread the word and sign up!
Take action, its easy and fun, and you really can make a difference!