Ottawa: Book launch of Your Water Footprint

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 19:00

Your Water Footprint: The shocking facts about how much water we use to make every day products with Stephen Leahy

Your Water FootprintOn December 10, Human Rights Day, join Stephen Leahy, an independent journalist and co-winner of the UN Global Prize for Climate Change Reporting, at the launch of his new book Your Water Footprint: The shocking facts about how much water we use to make everyday products. Council of Canadians Water Campaigner Emma Lui will also be speaking about the human right to water and pressing water issues in Canada.

It takes more than 7,600 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans. That morning cup of coffee required 140 litres of water before it found its way to your table – water that was used to grow, process and ship the coffee beans. When we spend money on food, clothes, cellphones or even electricity, we are buying water – a shockingly large amount of water.

Your Water Footprint shows how water is essential to our way of life in ways we never imagined. While water usage continues to soar, shortages now affect more than 3 billion people including millions of Canadians and Americans. A decade from now 3 out of 5 people will face water shortages. Your Water Footprint provides essential information to reduce your water use, which will help you save money, be prepared for shortages, and ensure our children and grandchildren will have abundant fresh water. 

Event details

When: Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m.
Where: Octopus Books Centretown, 251 Bank St., 2nd Floor, Ottawa (map)

This event is co-sponsored by Octopus Books and the Council of Canadians.