Posted by: Vicki Burns | March 21, 2015

Celebrate World Water Day – March 22, 2015

The UN-Water, the United Nations interagency mechanism for freshwater issues, has designated March 22 as World Water Day. Before 2008, when I first started to pay attention to Lake Winnipeg and general water issues, I probably would have paid no attention to the significance of this. Now, I completely understand and support every effort to raise our awareness of the preciousness of water everywhere.
Recently I came across the striking photography of Edward Burtynsky, who is using his pictures to stimulate more thought about how our actions impact water – urban  development  , industrial development, agriculture to name a few. I was particularly struck by his comment that there is no substitute for water, our very survival individually and as a species depends on the availability of freshwater. By comparison, we have options when it comes to creating the energy we need . We can move away from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like solar, wind, etc. But there is simply no substitute for water and since it is a finite resource it is critical that we learn to treasure it, to conserve it, and to stop polluting it.
So, let’s celebrate Water, the most  precious resource on planet earth, and ensure that we are not squandering what future generations need for survival.

image of a drop of water creating ripples around it.

Water – our life giving resource



  1. Hi Vicki, I read this with great interest. There are some great doc films on what’s happening with our water supply in the world, including CBC’s Last Call At the Oasis, and Revolution by Rob Stewart. I would venture to guess a number of people are not aware.

    • Thanks for the comment. Good suggestions about films to watch.

  2. Edward Burtynsky’s photos are stunning and very though-provoking.

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