Our Water Roundup

We fill our pots, bathtubs, sports bottles, and swimming pools with it. We wash the car, the pets, our bodies and the dishes with it. We use it in manufacturing, and rely on it for power. It’s essential for life, but it’s obvious from the way we treat our water that we don’t appreciate the vital importance of it.

In honour of World Water Day, we are sharing our roundup of links to click, read, watch and (please) share, and hope to encourage change in small, yet a significant way.

1/ Thirsty for Change. These are our 12 steps to take better care of this natural resource. It’s certainly crucial that we conserve, however, we originally wrote this piece to splash attention on the stuff we send down our drains because it’s coming back up into our lives.

2/ The Story of Bottled Water. In under 10 minutes, this (animated) film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. This is definitely meant for sharing, and great for kids and school projects!

3/ Stuck on The Bottle. Corey Mintz’s 2017 feature in The Globe and Mail explores why we spend billions every year on a product that is virtually free for most (let’s stop!).

4/ Waterstock – June 11, 2017. Join chefs, musicians, activists and artists to demonstrate public opposition to the government of Ontario renewing Nestlé’s permits to take from in Wellington County. If you were at Foodstock or Soupstock, you’ll understand how great this format for an event is!

5/ Our Water, Our Future. “They’re going to continue to bottle, until there is nothing left to bottle.” This short film (under 8 minutes!) is the story of a group of unlikely activists and their advice for us all.

6/ Take this Pledge. Because we believe every Canadian should have access to clean water through our taps. Take the moment and click – now!

7/ FLOW: For the love of water. Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis.

8/ How to drink your own Clean Water: Our Favourite Things.  It’s important to hydrate well and with the items on this list, you’ll be helping yourself without wasting money or damaging/depleting other shared resources, and will support a better kind of economy, too.

“The truth is, to drink the bottled stuff when one has access to clean tap water is simply indefensible – financially unsound, environmentally wasteful and just plain wrong.”