Posted by: Vicki Burns | June 21, 2010

Water Protection – Our Western Premiers Are Paying Attention But Is That Enough?

I was heartened to read in the news today that the premiers of the four western provinces and three territorial governments placed water near the top of their agenda at their meeting last week. They discussed concerns over water shortages in the future and water quality issues.

image of lake with tree covered mountains in the background

Lakeshore in the mountains

Their discussions referenced the impacts of climate change on our freshwater supply as well as our growing population, industry, and agriculture. The premiers’ attention to water concerns is encouraging but I don’t think we can rely on government alone to solve the problem. We all need to be part of the solutions to protecting our precious water now and for future generations. Why – because we need to alter our basic view of water as unlimited and we need to understand that what we allow to get into our water can cause problems now and for a long time.

One of the greatest challenges I see in the area of water protection, is the need to capture the attention of the general public.I’ve observed that there is already a good deal of work going on by various non-profit groups as well as government departments. But much of the learning from that work is not being transmited to the public.
Does anyone have any ideas about how to best bridge that gap?


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