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Water: Can Live Without It!

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.

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 2. Great blog, very thought-provoking. I must admit, I thought it was mainly Third World countries like in Africa, that had a problem with water shortages and no clean drinking water, but it is clearly much more widespread than that. As you say, being vegan is a big help, as from my research I know that vegan food uses much less water to produce than farming animals!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      At times, third world countries are even better off than you think. South Americans, depending on the area, have safer water than us because they don't need as much chemicals as we do to purify it in the undeveloped zones. So their water is what we should be envying! As for Africa, if I remember correctly, it's because several corporations built damns that deters the rivers in another direction to supply their manufactures. Sure, some areas are deserted just because the area was created by God that way, but some others became deserted due to human negligence.
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      1. dianabart
        dianabart
        Great points.
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  2. SnakeWitch
    Here is another site that you can read up on, ocncerning Chief Spence and her hunger strike. Just taking a minute out of your day to send her a message of support will do her a world of good! I am inviting all of you to click on this link: http://www.respectchiefspence.com/?utm_source=isupportidlenomore&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fearless&recruiter_id=645
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  3. Daniel Garcia
    Daniel Garcia
    Vote #4. I agree with you that there should be an active battle for water conservation and preservation. But here in a third world country like the Philippines, I think the battle is slowly being lost. I too would like to reduce my water footprint and when I do get the funds, I'll try to use and build more rainwater collectors to save also on bills. I'll post it, when I make it :)
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    1. SnakeWitch
      It's tough in Colombia as well. Looking forward to seeing those rainwater collectors. I've lived on a farm here for a short while that had a very large one, and I have to say it was very useful!
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  4. kristo
    kristo
    voted! This reminds me of a documentary my friend just made about access to clean water in asia! http://www.theparadigmshiftproject.org/water.html
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    1. SnakeWitch
      I'll check it out when I have the chance.
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  5. raburcke
    You should bring this to the attention of Avaaz.org. They have petitions that go viral and have stopped many an injustice. Regards from Ralphie.
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  6. dianabart
    dianabart
    Very good blog. I truly pray that this gets resolved soon! We all need and are entitled to Good healthy drinking water. Voted!
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