Tomorrow is World Water Day! I wanted to share some actions and events that highlight the importance of water and ideas on how we can stand up to protect our community’s water.
On Monday, we launched Maude Barlow’s new report Liquid Pipeline: Extreme energy’s threat to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The report details fracking projects, tar sands oil pipelines and shipments and nuclear waste dumps around on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. It is also a call to action to stop these plans before it is too late.Tell Great Lakes state governors and provincial premiers to protect the Great Lakes by signing the Time to ban extreme energy on the Great Lakes petition.
On Tuesday, we kicked off our first Protect the Great Lakes Forever Virtual Town Hall. This is a monthly series for people around the lakes to discuss different Great Lakes threats, strategies to combat these threats and how to apply commons and public trust principles to their community work on the Great Lakes. To watch Tuesday’s webinar, A bold new vision for the Great Lakes, featuring Alexa Bradley (Program Director for On the Commons), Sue Chiblow (Environmental Consultant for the Mississauga First Nation), Jim Olson (Founder and Chair of FLOW for Water) and myself, click here.
Yesterday we sent a letter to Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau and NDP party leaderThomas Mulcair some reading material about water and asked the to answer four pressing questions about water. To read the letters, click here.
I’ll be speaking on Victoria Island tomorrow at a World Water Day celebration. If you’re in Ottawa, come join us!
There are dozens of other events organized by Council of Canadians chapters and allies including film screenings of Gasland, Bottled Water and Troubled Water, a photo contest, speaking events and creative actions. To check out events in your community click here.
For ideas on what you can do to protect water on World Water Day, click here.
Happy World Water Day!