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Nelson Chapter to co-host World Water Day event

The Nelson Chapter of the Council of Canadians is co-hosting an event on March 22 – World Water Day – to help raise community awareness about the importance of water.

The United Nations declared March 22 World Water Day in 1993. According to the UN’s website, the day is “a means of focusing attention on the importance of water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind.’”

The Nelson chapter of the Council of Canadians is working with a number of other groups to educate and engage people to think about how best to protect this precious resource.

The groups will be asking: “Where does your water come from?  How does it get to the tap? How do we plan to keep it flowing as the population increases and the climate changes? How can local citizens help through conservation and awareness?”

According to the Nelson Daily, Regional District of Central Kootenay Area Director Ramona Faust will talk about some of the challenges in the Kootenays and about future plans for responsible water stewardship in the area. There will be a short documentary on some water solutions from other parts of the world as well as a presentation on the city of Nelson’s Updated Water Master Plan.

The West Kootenay Ecosociety, Friends of Kootenay Lake, the Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot program and the Council of Canadians will all have information at the event.  Prizes encouraging wise water use will be awarded throughout the evening.

Throughout the month of March, in the lead up to World Water Day, Council of Canadians chapters across the country are organizing events to educate and inspire people to take action for water.

As a leader in fights to protect freshwater sources, the Council of Canadians’ campaign work focuses on recognizing water as part of a shared commons. Water is a human right and as such, it must be protected from privatization, pollution and bulk exports. With the help of our supporters across the country, the Council of Canadians is active in efforts to stop the mass pollution of water in extractive industries such as fracking. We encourage community empowerment and involvement through our “Blue Communities Project.” And we stand up to corporations like Nestlé that want to bottle and sell water as a commodity. Join us in taking action to protect water!

Learn more about the Council’s campaigns to protect water.