Take action for water on World Water Day!

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March 22 is World Water Day – a great day to take action for water in your community! There are few things more important than clean, safe water, but damaging and polluting industries, the lack of strong federal government protections, and water privatization efforts are putting many water sources at risk.

Did you know that there are many people who live without access to safe drinking water?

Last fall, there were 167 drinking water advisories in 98 First Nations. There are routinely more than 100 water advisories in effect at any given time – some communities have lived under advisories for nearly 20 years.

Prime Minister Trudeau promised during the 2015 election campaign to end boil water advisories in First Nations within five years of forming government. In December, the Parliamentary Budget Officer said the Trudeau government was spending only part of what it is needed to end drinking water advisories in First Nations. Funding promised in the recently-released 2018 federal budget is still just a drop in the bucket of what is needed to ensure access to safe drinking water in First Nations.

You can help. This World Water Day, take action for water in your community! Whether it’s pressing the Trudeau government to keep its promise for safe water in First Nations, talking to your municipal council about becoming a Blue Community, or joining the Nestlé boycott, there are many ways you can make a difference.

If you decide to plan an event, let us know what you are doing so we can highlight it on our website. Email your event details to webmaster@canadians.org, and don’t forget to check out our water publications, which you can use to help inform people and raise awareness.

Here are ways you can take action for water on World Water Day:

  • Write a letter to the Trudeau government calling for water justice in Indigenous communities by ending drinking water advisories once and for all.
     
  • Attend a Council of Canadians’ World Water Day event in your community.
     
  • Sign the petition to protect Every Lake and Every River. New federal legislation is being considered that still exempts scrutiny of large pipelines and power lines under the (proposed) Canadian Navigable Waters Act.
     
  • Make your city or town a “Blue Community” by passing resolutions that promote public water and wastewater services, ban bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events, and affirms the human rights to water and sanitation.
     
  • Stand up to a massive water bottler – take the boycott Nestlé pledge. Get other people to sign the pledge too!
     
  • Donate to the Council of Canadians’ campaign to protect water! The Council of Canadians doesn’t take any government or corporate funding. Your support enables us to provide communities with the tools and resources they need to protect the human right to water for today and tomorrow’s generations.