ActionH20 Campaign Launches on World Water Day

OTTAWA--- Sierra Club Canada and the University of Victoria’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project have joined forces to launch a nation-wide water campaign called ActionH2O. The multiyear initiative aims to encourage communities across Canada to reduce their respective water footprints through a focused outreach and engagement campaign.

“We need to dispel the myth of water abundance in Canada and encourage water users to be more aware and responsible,” said Susanne Porter-Bopp, Community Water Coordinator at the POLIS Water Sustainability Project. “Water is our most precious resource, and the misconception that we have an abundance of it leads us to take it for granted.”

In fact, one in four municipalities in Canada reported water shortages between 1994 and 1999.

Issues: The right to water

As we enter into yet another spring facing a global water crisis, March 22nd marks the United Nations designated World Water Day. The UN reports an estimated 1.1 billion people still rely on unsafe drinking water, despite the fact that since 1990, 1.6 billion people have gained access to safe water. Vandana Shiva, author and environmental activist, believes, "Water wars are not a thing of the future. They already surround us."

Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, droughts, water pollution, and a global population explosion charged the warnings and notions for the water wars many predicted. And while world-wide water shortages are being blamed on climate change, mismanagement, corruption and contamination play large factors in who has access to clean drinking water. Obtaining water rights is a high political priority and lobbying for water human rights is major popular movement and Alberta is no different.

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Wrapping up week one

The past couple of days have been a whirlwind, really. Between analyzing and responding to the Speech from the Throne and the 2010 Federal Budget, and personal activities in the evening (like open mics and dance lessons), I haven't found the time to keep up on my blogging! Sincere apologies. (But you didn't miss anything too exciting, I promise.)... Read more »

Budget fails to protect environment, groups say

Environmentalists say Thursday's federal budget missed an opportunity to create green jobs and took a step backward in protecting the environment.

The budget included a section entitled "Green Jobs and Growth," which included $100 million over the next four years for clean energy technologies and production in the forestry sector.

It also included $80 million in additional incentives for homeowners to make their home more energy-efficient.

Environmental groups say Canada lags behind other countries in these green energy initiatives.

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The budget included some new money for environmental protection, including $8 million for protecting the Great Lakes and $36 million to fight the spread of invasive species in Canada.... Read more »

Dishes Pt. 2 : Recycling dish water (Day 3)

So doing dishes last night took quite some time (30-45 minutes), but only about 1.685 L of water or so, so that's not bad considering the amount (and the quality) of dishes I did.

Overall, I used 10.514 L of water yesterday, even with the dishes! --AND the best part is that I got to recycle 1.89 L of that into my toilet tank to offset when I flush. Recycling water? Yes. Totally. It's called soft path. I'm going to be talking about it a lot this month.

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