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 a portion of what it is needed to end drinking water advisories in First Nations. Additional funding promised in the recently-released federal budget still won’t be enough 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 for water.
Start by joining us this Wednesday, March 14 from 12-1:30pm ET for an online discussion about how Nestlé's bottled water takings, the privatization of water infrastructure and the pollution of water are culminating to directly affect Great Lakes communities and violate Indigenous treaty rights. Please register here for: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtdseQfnRhPNo7w-3WEK7nEuqcey8l9mptlGj723HTb9GgLQ/viewform
Water is Life:Continuing to Strengthen the Great Lakes Commons
Visit our website for ways you can take action on World Water Dayhttps://canadians.org/worldwaterday#actions
and to find a World Water Day event in your community.https://canadians.org/worldwaterday-events
Thank you again for everything you do for clean, safe and accessible water, on World Water Day and every day.
National Water Campaigner
The Council of Canadians