Across the country, Canadians agree that freshwater is by far our most important natural resource. From clean drinking water and the flows that make agriculture, our forests, tourism, industry and hydroelectricity possible, to the power of water to connect the dots between land use and human health, it is easily our most valuable resource.
On Saturday, March 19, join a free community celebration of water in honour of international World Water Day and our local watersheds.
Hosted by the Comox Valley chapter of the Council of Canadians, the event will feature music and presentations by some important local voices behind water sustainability.
Organizers are proud to announce that the Kumugwe Dancers of the K’omoks First Nation will share their powerful traditions as they open the World Water Day celebrations with their inspiring River Song. Everyone will then be invited to partake in the uplifting experience of joining voices in song when Tina Filippino, the Letz Sing song leader, encourages a group sing-along.
Jack Minard, whose years of dedicated regional work have provided pivotal support for the Comox Valley Land Trust, the Tsolum River Restoration Society and the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy, will present How Water Works.
The Council of Canadian’s recent report Water Rush: Why BC’s Water Sustainability Act Fails to Protect Water concludes that the new Water Sustainability Act (WSA) is a positive step forward with important gains, but falls short of what is needed to fully protect water in BC. Learn more about how citizens can push for stronger watershed protections and more community control, and add your voice to the campaign to make BC a real leader in water sustainability.
Guests will also be invited to browse information tables and find out more about the important work of the local Chapter as well as interesting water facts, such as how little of Earth’s water is fresh, uncontaminated, accessible and fit to drink (less than one per cent). The water campaigns of the Council of Canadians focus on respecting and protecting freshwater as part of our shared commons on which all life depends.
Join in on Saturday, March 19 at the Rotary Hall, Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay, from 2-4pm.