World Water Day 2015 – Let’s #Pledge2Protect our lakes and rivers

March 22 is World Water Day ­– a day to celebrate and protect water. In 2012, the Harper government gutted the Navigable Waters Protection Act and removed protections from 99 per cent of lakes and rivers in Canada. The government also specifically exempted pipelines projects from this act, leaving waterways vulnerable to pipeline spills…. READ MORE HERE.

Don't Take Water For Granted

Those who live in Port Hope recently got a lesson on the importance of water and why we shouldn’t take it for granted.

As the onslaught of below-normal temperatures continued for weeks on end, the town’s water treatment facility felt the effects. An intake pipe that extends into Lake Ontario became clogged with ice, preventing the flow of water from the lake from reaching the facility. The result was a steady decrease in the amount of water being pumped in until eventually no water was available at all… CLICK HERE to read more.

Clean drinking water changes lives

This World Water Day, March 22, international development organisation, WaterAid is urging Australians to think about the water and sanitation crisis unfolding on our doorstep.

In her gold Wallabies jersey, 16-year old Vanessa could easily pass for a normal teenager. However, growing up, Vanessa was one of the 748 million people around the world that does not have access to safe water. The problem might seem faraway but believe it or not, it is right on our doorstep. CLICK HERE to read more.

Water Now Generates over 500 Million Social Media Posts in Support of United Nations World Water Day

Water Now, a cause brand created by leading philanthropic producer David Clark today announced the launch of a global clean water campaign developed to inspire, educate and empower people to provide clean water to the 748 million people living without it.

The campaign is in support of World Vision Water, and as a partner of UN-Water’s World Water Day. Beginning today, dignitaries, celebrities, and the public are encouraged to go to Cause Flash to lend their own social media voice to the worldwide initiative. CLICK HERE to read more.

lokai Launches Limited-Edition Blue Bracelet To Celebrate World Water Day And Support Partner charity: water

lokai, a global lifestyle brand for seekers of balance, announces today the launch of its first colored bracelet: blue. lokai is donating three dollars for every blue lokai sold between March 1-March 22 to charity: water in celebration of World Water Day. lokai’s goal is to help charity: water bring clean drinking water to 10,000 people in Ethiopia. CLICK HERE to read more.

Record 400,000 will take part in Singapore’s World Water Day celebrations

This month, World Water Day will see “more than 400,000 people in different communities all over Singapore” supporting Public Utilities Board’s call for everyone to cherish and conserve water… CLICK HERE to read more.

National Water Week and World Water Day: The Importance of Managing Our Resources

The increasing demand for water on the African continent is forcing water utilities to expand and improve their treatment and distribution capacities. African Utility Week event director Evan Schiff says the upcoming National Water Week (17-23 March) and International Water Day (22 March) “are important days to make us aware of the challenges, remind us that every drop counts and that water is a finite resource.” CLICK HERE to read more.

To Love Water Is to Celebrate Life: World Water Day

Expressing love is the best way to nurture relationships of all forms. When we love our garden we will spend time with it, this will make our plants blossom and bloom with vibrancy… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

World Water Day Messages Reach Symbolic Number

World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, is a day when people around the world raise awareness of the cause of water. Read more here.

UNITED NATIONS WORLD WATER DAY IS MARCH 22ND

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The United Nations’ theme on World Water Day this year is water and energy, as both are so interconnected and vital to the survival of modern civilization. Humanity can’t exist without fresh drinking water, and our society requires energy to continue to function. It is crucial that we consider whether this energy is derived from clean or polluting sources, and how the methods for converting this energy impacts precious fresh water resources.

Below are some facts and figures from a report which are drawn from the upcoming edition of the World Water Development Report on Water and Energy that will be published in March 2014 and launched on the occasion of World Water Day celebrations in Tokyo, Japan.   www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/home/en

-Hydroelectricity is the largest renewable source for power generation and its share in total electricity generation is expected to remain around 16% through 2035.

-Most of the water used for hydropower generation is returned to the river though some evaporates and there are important impacts on timing and quality of stream flows.

-Roughly 75% of all industrial water withdrawals are used for energy production.

-For developing countries alone $103 billion per year are required to finance water, sanitation and wastewater treatment through 2015.

-Energy is required for two components of water provision: pumping and treatment (before and after use).

-Waterborne transit is one of the most energy efficient. Inland towing barges are more than 3 times more energy efficient than road trucks and 40% more efficient than rail.

-In Stockholm, public buses, waste collection trucks and taxis run on biogas produced from sewage treatment plants.

-In 2011, 768 million people did not use an improved source of drinking-water and 2.5 billion people did not use improved sanitation.

-More than 1.3 billion people still lack access to electricity, and roughly 2.6 billion use solid fuels (mainly biomass) for cooking.

-Wind power is the most sustainable source of renewable energy, mainly because of its low greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption.

-Approximately 15–18 billion m3 of freshwater resources are contaminated by fossil fuel production every year.

-China’s target to produce 12 million metric tonnes of biodiesel by 2020 requires an amount of water approximately equivalent to the annual discharge of the Yellow River.

-The demand for biofuels feedstock is the largest source of new demand for agricultural production in decades, and it was a major factor behind the 2007−08 spike in food prices.

-The installed worldwide geothermal electricity capacity could be increased from the current 10 GW to 70 GW with present technology, and to 140 GW with enhanced technology.

One of the groups marking this day, is the Council of Canadians. They are encouraging everyone to take action for water in their community. World Water Day is a great opportunity to send a message to governments and industry that we will protect our water despite fossil fuel projects, budget cuts and the attack on scientists and social movements.

There are 5 key areas that they are focusing on this year; Fracking. Great Lakes. Energy East. Blue Communities and Drinking Water in Indigenous Communities, which are elaborated on at www.canadians.org/event/world-water-day . You can help make a difference. The fight to reclaim water as a commons – a public resource available to all – is happening now.

You are invited to join them to help protect water by organizing or participating in World Water Day events in your community, and by practicing water conservation methods each and every day of the year. Awareness is the beginning, but action is where real change happens in our world.

CSG is doing its part by raising local water awareness and making rain barrels available with much of the proceeds going to an environmental scholarship fund for graduating PEC High school students.Order your rain barrels now at www./rainbarrel.ca/CSGpicton for May 17th pick up.

Submitted by Don Ross for County Sustainability Group

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