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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

– Native American Proverb

World Water Day & B.C.’s Water Act

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.

Fraser River 2010 Sapperton Landing

Fraser River 2010 Sapperton Landing

TAKE ACTION

*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 ian.graeme@gov.bc.ca.

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.

Stop Coal Exports

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.

Sweater Day 2014 -for the environment!

This year February 6th  will be  “National Sweater Day”  supported by the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF)

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!

national sweater day

Save Wolf Lake

 

Save Wolf Lake from Rob Nelson on Vimeo.

Call to action – January 14th 2013

Idle No More – Solidarity -

The Idle No More movement is the most important thing to happen in 2012 and maybe in our lifetime.

Idle No More began as a protest to bill C-45. First Nations People in Canada are taking to the streets, to Parliament buildings, Art Galleries,  and Malls across this nation. They are standing up for their rights. The rights of the land, air and water and the future for All Canadians.

A photo started going around Facebook this week with information about Attiwapiskat Chief Theresa Spenc and her hunger strike. She wants to meet with Prime Minister Steven Harper. She wants the Government of Canada to respect the land rights treaty. She is doing this to draw attention to her issues that are issues for all Canadians. 

Wab Kinew explains the Idle No More protests.

 #IdleNoMore is about the Environment

Idle No More started in part because of outrage that Bill C-45 reduced the number of federally protected waterways. The environment continues to be a regular topic at Idle No More protests. Dr. Pam Palmater, one of the leading voices in the Idle No More conversation, argues this is indigenous environmentalism is significant since the crown has a duty to consult with Aboriginal people before natural resource projects proceed. She says, “First Nations are Canadians’ last, best hope of protecting the land, water, sky and plants and animals for their future generations as well.”

Defend Our Coast – October 22 2012

Defend our Coast was a political action that united  thousands of people.  On October 22 2012  people from across Canada gathered at the Victoria Parliament buildings to send a message.

5000 people risked arrest to say NO to the tar sands in Alberta, the pipeline to our coast, and super tankers off our shores.

Here are some pictures I took there that day;

  

Occupy Vancouver – One year later

I was back at the Vancouver Art Gallery  today on the one year anniversary of Occupy Vancouver. There were a few dozen people, it was raining as usual for an October Monday. I could see there was a tent set up, and as I got closer I saw a camera man filming someone playing a large Cello or other string instrument. I started talking to someone who had some papers to hand out. She was representing a “Working Group” that had formed from the meetings of Occupy Vancouver. It was the Environmental Justice work group. Occupy Vancouver has work groups that meet regularly!

  This video was made about the Movement, and how it started on October 15th 2011.


In the video someone is engaging the crowd and quotes the dearly departed leader of the Opposition, Jack Layton; his words are inspiring and very fitting for the Occupy Movement and a call to action for Canadians and people for change everywhere.

My friends, love is better than anger.

Hope is better than fear.

Optimism is better than despair.

So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.

From Occupy Vancouver October 15th 2011

Seeds Of Freedom

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolize the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro -biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.

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