Imagine waking up…
to find that the water coming out of your kitchen faucet was unsafe to drink, or even to wash in. When water is unsafe, local authorities issue a Drinking Water Advisory. It may be instructions to boil your water before drinking it or using it for cooking. It may be an advisory not to use it at all, which means relying on bottled water for drinking, cooking, and washing. What if this situation lasted for a week? a month? for your whole lifetime? It’s not surprising to know that this is the reality for people in other parts of the world. We are lucky in Canada. Our water is good – But wait, that’s not true. Even in Canada there are people who do not have safe water in their own communities.
During the 30-day Grow Your Yoga Challenge in April, Moksha Yoga Burnaby has joined with Moksha communities across North America to raise funds and awareness for preserving a precious resource – the water that sustains our earth. Moksha/Modo Yoga International is supporting some great organizations that work for water: The David Suzuki Foundation, 350.org, and The Waterkeeper Alliance. Our goal is to raise $150 thousand to protect our water for future generations, and we are really close! Here’s a look at what this means, and how you can help.
Our vision is that within a generation, Canadians act on the understanding that we are all interconnected and interdependent with nature.
David Suzuki Foundation website, “About Us” page
The David Suzuki Foundation works in many ways to protect the earth’s water. The foundation is working with local communities to protect watersheds, lobbying for stronger laws to protect streams and supporting full enforcement of existing laws and regulations. It is also shining a light on a dreadful situation – the fact that some people in Canada have no access to clean water in their communities.
Recently, the Foundation published Glass Half Empty? Resolving Drinking Water Advisories in Ontario.
In 2015, the incoming Federal Liberal Government promised to resolve all long term drinking water advisories in Canada within 5 years. Funds were designated for this work in the 2016 federal budget. Together with other organizations, the David Suzuki Foundation took an in-depth look at nine First Nations in Ontario. In Ontario, in November 2016, there were 88 Drinking Water Advisories, in 44 First Nations. Sixty-eight of these were long-term, signifying an advisory of more than one year. Some First Nations have lived with contaminated water for almost 20 years. The report examines the root causes of this problem, assesses progress on federal commitments, and recommends changes needed to solve the problem. It predicts that only a fraction of the communities affected will have safe drinking water within the 5-year goal.
It seems inconceivable that a generation of children could grow up without access to safe water. It’s difficult to believe that this is a reality in Canada. The Suzuki Foundation is helping to bring attention to this unacceptable situation, and to advocate for the legislation, regulation and resources needed to address it.
350 is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice… the number 350 means climate safety: we must reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere from >400 parts per million to below 350
350.org website, How We Work page
Every day in the news we see stories of climate change, and the devastation that is caused by changing weather patterns. Government response seems painfully slow, in the face of the damage that is being caused. Huge corporations continue to profit, while the world’s most vulnerable populations suffer the worst effects.
Watch this short video to find out how 350.org is working to mobilize the power of ordinary people to change the global economy and reverse the damage that fossil fuel production and combustion is doing to the earth. 350.org also helps people affected by natural disasters caused by climate change.
Waterkeepers serve as tireless advocates for the health of their watershed and communities… Waterkeepers are the public’s investigator, scientist, lawyer, lobbyist, and public relations agent for that waterbody, patrolling more than 2 million square miles of rivers, streams, and coastlines, in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.
Waterkeeper.org website – Water Defence Campaign page
All over the world, passionate and committed individuals are watching over bodies of water, and joining with others to raise awareness and work for change. Check out the Waterkeeper Alliance website to find your waterkeeper – close to home or somewhere in the world.
What can we do?
In our local community, across Canada, and worldwide, people are joining together to protect our precious water resource, and ensure that every person in the world has access to safe, clean water. Here’s how you can help:
- Support the 30 day Grow Your Yoga Challenge – All proceeds from the challenge go to the three organizations described above. Funds raised at Moksha Yoga Burnaby will be pooled with those raised at Moksha and Modo studios worldwide, in support of this cause.
- Party with a Purpose – Join the Grow Your Yoga Celebration at the Studio, Saturday, April 29 6-10pm. All are welcome to this family-friendly event. Enjoy yummy food, good friends, and a silent auction to support our cause.
- Live to Learn – Activate that pillar of curiosity and awareness. Read the information on the websites, follow the facebook and twitter feeds, talk with people you know, build your awareness about the world’s water resource and how it can be protected and sustained.
- Give what you have to give – You can donate money, volunteer time, show up to a presentation or demonstration. Contact leaders to tell them you want them to make water a priority. Make art or music that inspires and encourages others to get involved. Teach the children in your life the importance of the world’s water. Make changes in your day-to-day habits that help protect our water resource. There are lots of ways to contribute.
Imagine waking up one day
to find out that every person in the world has the clean, safe water needed to sustain life. Imagine that industry and agriculture operate in ways that preserve the water resource. Imagine clear skies, fresh rain, sweet streams and lakes and oceans teeming with aquatic life. That’s the world we would like to wake up to. We can. It’s not just a dream.
What are your thoughts about the world’s water resource and how we can protect it? Please share them in the comments section below.