Water: what a necessary item! We cannot live without it. Neither us, nor any form of life – animal or plant – can survive without it. Even if some fare better than others when a lack forces us to consume less, no one can live if the water-related problems last too long.
But, many DO live without access to clean, drinkable water. This makes all living creatures and plants on the planet suffer, not just humans. And, as sad as it is, our species is the one responsible for it. What is being done about it?
Take, for instance, a movement currently underway in Canada: Idle No More. Bill C-45 provoked a massive outcry amongst Canadians, especially First Nation populations, who claim that this law would break the treaty Canada signed with aboriginals of our land when we officially became a country. Water protection is being ignored; by passing this bill, the number of protected lakes and rivers in my beautiful nation is drastically reduced, and aboriginals continue to suffer without access to clean drinking water, even though the treaty signed clearly stipulates that they are entitled to it. Chief Theresa Spence, now on a hunger strike – January 10th marks her one month anniversary for the strike – is camping in her tee-pee near the federal parliament, waiting for our Prime Minister to agree to speak with her. After much international pressure, Harper finally accepted to schedule an appointment on January 11th, but we are still holding our breath. Knowing him, he may just be pretending to be nice without the intention of listening to anything she says. So, all are still manifesting, and Theresa has not yet had a bite to eat.
Of course, not everyone can stop eating, and not everyone feels the need to do this. However, Harper’s agenda is to make water an international privilege, and not a right. He is clearly not alone, but his friends are very powerful – don’t forget that Bush Jr. is a buddy of his – and won’t stop until he gets his way.
What can you do? Make water one of your priorities in your environmental agenda. To begin, check your water footprint by using this calculator. Then, take the necessary measures to reduce your water consumption. Being vegan is already a huge step!
Write your own local and national representatives. Ask them to put pressure on Harper to stop this nonsense, and if you know about any hidden agenda your leaders may have, tell them you disagree.
Next, check out your local Idle No More marches and manifestations. By adding your voice to others’, you are making the cry louder. The louder the better!
Boycott any corporation that encourages and / or is actually dumping their dangerous waste into waterways. Instead of researching them all and boycotting every single one (this could be difficult indeed!), search sites like Greenpeace to find out who is the main campaign target.
If you have any other actions you can think of, write them down here. Plants, animals and the human race as a whole will thank you.