Right to clean water

Dear Editor,
Water. Water is what we are made of, primarily. We cannot live very long without it. And, in most places in Canada, we have been blessed with all the clean water that we need.

There has always been so much of it that we have even been able to waste it. It has just always been there; we haven’t had to think about it.

However, there are places now that have only polluted water, unsafe to drink or even to bathe in. Then there are those who abuse the safe drinking water that we have. People dump wastes into it; chemicals are washed off farms and end up there; things no one wants anymore often end up there too, like old cars, refrigerators, etc.

Those of us who still have clean drinkable water must be grateful that we can turn on a tap and drink what comes out without getting sick. However, it isn’t going to stay that way, unless we start to do something about it.

‘We’ is local government, provincial government and federal government. All water on earth needs our protection. We must cease polluting streams, rivers, lakes and oceans in all of the ways we can. As we all must know by now, earth is our home, our mother. Please keep our water and our home clean.

It’s time for the federal government to implement the right to clean water in Canada by passing an environmental bill of rights that respects, protects and fulfills our right to a healthy environment, including the right to clean water.

Marrian Bertin
Castor, Ab.

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