Members of the Council of Canadians Guelph chapter at the recent water forum in Flint, Michigan. Photo by Wellington Water Watchers.
The following report is by Guelph chapter activist Lin Grist:
Guelph chapter of the CoC sent delegates to the FLINT WATER FORUM, this past weekend. Emma Lui, our water campaigner did a wonderful job of collaborating and organizing with our neighbours to the south to make this event happen.
Flint Michigan is a city in crisis, tap water is undrinkable because it is full of lead – and as Mama Lila of the Detroit People’s Water board said “you can go to the store and buy lead free paint, you can go to the gas station and buy lead free gasoline – but we can’t turn on the faucet and drink the water because it’s full of lead.”
Two statements in the wonderful workshops that keep resonating with me are:
Maude Barlow: “If we keep on doing what we are doing the Great Lakes will be dry in 80 years”
The great lakes are 20% of global fresh water and 8% of global drinking water."