VIDEO: How to make your community a Blue Community!
3 years ago
The Council of Canadians recently launched a new Blue Communities video with Eau Secours and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.The video gives an overview of the Blue Communities Project where municipalities, faith-based and other communities resist the corporate takeover of water by committing to three resolutions that:
Recognize water and sanitation as human rights.
Ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events.
Promote publicly financed, owned, and operated water and wastewater services.
The Blue Communities Project is a growing global movement that encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, recognizing that water is a shared resource for all.
In Canada, there are 20 Blue Communities including Victoria, Thunder Bay and Amqui, Quebec. The Council of Canadians recently welcomed the Sisters of Mercy, recognizing the religious congregation as the 47th Blue Community worldwide. Globally, there Blue Communities spreading around the world with Paris France and recently Berlin and three other communities in Germany going Blue!
I have been traveling across Ontario and Quebec for the Corporatizing Canada book tour and speaking to residents and local communities about Nestle’s water grabs and the Blue Communities Project. And I can tell you communities are eager to protect water from being commodified and committed to protecting the human right to water.