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On Monday March 28th, Sarah Cavan and Rebecca McEvoy made presentations to a local high school in Antigonish. In two grade 12 classes, we presented the role D&P plays in Canada and what youth/students/communities and people in general can do to help with our campaign this year…WATER FOR ALL.
OUR PLAN: We wanted to give youth the opportunity to brainstorm and show them how much they can do to help D&P in the future, to show students it’s the little things such as not buying bottled water that can help, a little goes a long way!
HOW IT WENT: It went amazing at the High School. The first class was very interested and had been learning about water and the problem it is becoming in every part of our life, so it was a great way to tie it into their lesson! That class had actually prepared for us a one page summary called “The Journey of Bottled Water”. Each student had typed them up and had it ready for us, it was so cool!
We also got asked right after the second presentation if we would come back on April 20th to do another info session for an hour at the high school lunch time because they are holding an EARTH DAY at their school.
The best part was when I did the demonstration about the amount of water it takes to produce a plastic bottle of water; it takes 3 litres of water to make a 1 litre bottle. I poured 3 L of water into an empty 1 L bottle…. and the wasted water gets everywhere! The visualization of the water over spilling from the bottle shows just how much water gets wasted in just the production of the water bottle itself…
I did this for all 3 classes. They were speechless and had so many great comments after they saw this. We gave everyone action cards and pamphlets and stickers! It was very rewarding to hear them tell us what they learnt at the end of the hour!
The THINKfast game was a HIT!! We had each student be one step along the 13 step process for the “JOURNEY OF WATER”. They held the string and we showed them what happened when one part of the Journey didn’t work, how it all falls apart! And this is what we can do to STOP the privatization of water.
Thanks to everyone: we had a great day!
by Sarah Cavan, NS Youth Rep
Scotty (PEI), Sarah (NS) and Daniel (NFLD) Youth Reps!
The Nova Scotia area, Antigonish to be exact, has been keeping things upbeat.
This past week at ST.FX University students held a Sustainability Week with lots of presentations, booths and activities for students and the townspeople of Antigonish to get out and be informed at and to learn about what are the growing concerns today and what we need to work towards to improve our environment.
Each day held a different topic, Development and Peace helped out with Tuesday March 22nd BOTTLED WATER FREE Day!!!
Getting the word out about our initiatives, what exactly we do as D&P and how we as a community can help to conserve water and stop using bottled water.
Here is just a quick glance of what the week entailed:
Monday, March 21 (Sustainability)
- 9:00 -11:00 am (Outside the library): Fair Trade Coffee & Sustainability Giveaways
- 5:00 – 6:00 pm (93.3 CFXU): Radio Ada
- Tune in to “Radio Ada” at 93.3 CFXU THE FOX for a special talk on “Sustainability & Climate Change”.
- 7:00 – 9:00 pm A Panel Discussion: “Do Canada’s oil sands contribute to building a sustainable society”?
Tuesday, March 22 (Water)
- March 22 is International Water Day, so the day’s events will be themed around good ol’ H2O.
- 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch & Learn – “Local Water Issues” with the Antigonish Harbour Watershed Association (AHWA).
- From 12-2pm: browse some displays from community and campus groups, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE WILL BE ON SITE!
- With a fair trade coffee/tea and lunch, before and after the Lunch & Learn
- 7:00 – 9:00 pm FILM – “Blue Gold: World Water Wars”: Hosted by StFX Chapter of Cinema Politica: This documentary examines environmental and political implications of the planet’s dwindling water supply and asserts that wars in the future will be fought over water. Blue Gold also highlights some success stories of water activists around the world, and makes a strong case for community action.
Wednesday, March 23 (Food):
- 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch & Learn – “Local & Global Food Security”
From 12-2pm: browse some displays from community and campus groups with a fair trade coffee/tea and lunch, before and after the Lunch & Learn!
- 7:00 – 9:00 pm FILM – “The Garden”
This is the story of the now demolished South Central Farm; a community garden and urban farm located in Los Angeles, California. It details the plight of the farmers who organized and worked on the farm. The owner of the lot decided he didn’t want to allow the farmers to use it anymore, and had the garden bulldozed.
Thursday, March 24 (Justice):
- 12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch & Learn – “Global Partnerships & Sustainability” With Wyanne Sandler, Breaking the Silence
- From 12-2pm: Browse some displays from community and campus groups with a fair trade coffee/tea and lunch, before and after the Lunch & Learn!
- 7:00 pm (SUB Cafeteria) “Green Gig Coffee House” Off-Campus is hosting the Second Annual “Green Gig Coffee House,” where you can sip some java, listen to some LIVE Local Music, and have a wondrous time on a Thursday evening.
Saturday, March 26 (Earth Hour):
- 8:30-9:30 pm (Everywhere!) EARTH HOUR: Join St. Francis Xavier University and millions of people around the world in turning off your lights to demand action on climate change.
Another Update as D&P rolls on in the East Coast:
This Monday March 28th, a presentation will be given to a local high school in Antigonish in two grade 12 classes, Sarah Cavan, Danny Gillis and Ann Cooke will be presenting the role D&P plays in Canada and what youth/students/communities and people in general can do to help with our topic this year…WATER FOR ALL.
The first class is an IB Global Issues Class, the second class is a combination of 3 classes (there will be about 40ish in total) two global history classes and one global geography class. We want to give youth the opportunity to brainstorm and show them how much they can do to help D&P in the future, to show students it’s the little things such as not buying bottled water that can help, a little goes a long way!
Agenda for our talk is as follows:
- Introduction and Consumer Perspective
- The Journey of Bottled Water Group activity (adapted from a 2011 THINKfast activity)
- Ethical Examination
- Action (Change for the future) and Ideas/Questions
Keeping the word spreading is just what we are doing on the East; D&P is working hard to making things happen. Keep up the great work everyone!!!
Sarah Cavan, Nova Scotia Youth Rep
Today is BOTTLED WATER FREE DAY!
March 10, 2011 actions are a collaboration between Development and Peace, Polaris, the Canadian Federation of Students, CUPE, and Sierra Youth Coalition.
By creatively planning events around the need to STOP the privatization of water, you can help build a community that recognizes the right to water. Let’s continue to create and support alternatives to bottled water!
* Check out the Bottled Water Free Day website: http://www.bottledwaterfreeday.ca/english/ Check out the map of all the events taking place across Canada!
*And this amazing website Tap That Water! Teens Against Privitization of Water: http://www.tapthatwater.org/about. They have embedded awesome videos and documentaries on the right to water, so you can watch them too!
* On facebook, the Canadian Catholic Student’s Association is doing a facebook blast – with this passage “Let justice flow like a river” Amos 5:24. Post it as your status over the next 24 hours!
* Participate in an activity sending a message to Cedar Springs, who are trying to take over our day for themselves. Click here to participate in the phone and email blitz.
* More resources on our campaign can be found throughout this blog, but here is the page with the print materials, skits and action ideas.Go Water Justice!
Genevieve Gallant, Development and Peace
One way you know your advocacay and organizing is working – when companies try to flip your actions! For Bottled Water Free Day – where WE fight for water justice and pledge to tap back into the tap… some companies are taking advantage and giving away free bottled water.
Cedar Springs and the Canadian Bottled Water Association are doing an industry knock-off on BWFD. See: www.bottledwaterfreeday.com (our is bottledwaterfreeday.ca) and their press release that went out this morning: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2011/09/c9351.html
There are over 120 events across the country taking place around ending the privatization of water for Bottled Water Free Day and industry is feeling the pressure. Bottled water company Cedar Springs and the Canadian Bottled Water Association are at it again with bottled water giveaways on Bottled Water Free Day. Last year we shut down their phone lines—but apparently they didn’t get our message!
Flood Cedar Springs Lines–Call today!
Flip the TAP to the bottled water industry! Bottled water company Cedar Springs and the Canadian Bottled Water Association are at it again with bottled water giveaways on Bottled Water Free Day 2010. Last year we shut down their phone lines—but apparently they didn’t get our message! Call Cedar Springs today and tell them you back the TAP! Call: (416) 798-7675
Email Action: http://www.insidethebottle.org/send-message-cedar-springs-march-10th
“On Canada’s Second Bottled Water Free Day I am working to kick the bottle and back the tap! The knockoff website that Cedar Springs has produced to promote giving away free bottled water is a desperate effort on behalf of your organization. It is clear that your company and all bottled water companies are feeling the heat as education and action around the negative environmental, health and social impacts of bottled water is growing! I choose NOT to drink bottled water”
Thanks for chipping in – all our efforts are working!
Genevieve Gallant for Development and Peace, part of Bottled Water Free Day 2011!
Word from the Nelson Youth Justice Rally – February 25, 26 & 27, 2011
The Nelson Youth Rally rocked, shocked, and stirred us all weekend, galvanizing everyone into agents of social action in Nelson and the wider world.
Little did I know what was waiting for me when I set out from Victoria on a snowy Thursday morning to begin the epic journey to Nelson through oceans, mountains, and a multitude of Dairy Queens. Smooth traveling is often preferred, but a total absence of friction on ice-covered roads is a step too far. My intrepid travel companion, Julia, and myself gritted our teeth and slid over the many passes (with names such as “Anarchist” to sooth the nerves!) before descending in ecstatic relief into the little mountain town of Nelson.
The arctic winds were still blowing when the busload (and extra van required en route for overspill) of high school students arrived at St Jo’s school, Nelson, late on Friday. The delays and looks of bus-induced fatigue showed that they suffered in the smae fate on the roads.
However, undeterred, the rally began and energy levels bounced back with the start of Penticton’s finest worship band leading us in high-energy, fist pumping, song and dance. We launched straight into the rally’s theme of “Water for all – Let justice flow!” with an improvised skit, ‘Out of Order’, that was as funny as it was disorganized.
Yet, there was no missing the obvious points made about our perceptions of bottled water – clean, attractive, and convenient – and the contrasting reality – unregulated, unsustainable, and exploitative. Armed with our shiny new re-useable aluminum water bottles, we all returned to our respective territories on classroom floors for a refreshing sleep.
The following morning, a volunteer awoke me by prying the table, which I had taken refuge under for the night, from my grasp. The shock was hers when she found me curled under it, but negotiations over its imminent use for breakfast convinced me to it let go. Semi awake, but well fed, we got organized for the day’s mission: a citywide bottle drive to raise money for the local food bank.
As we set off in our groups, it soon became apparent that serious endurance was required to deal with the pain of freezing extremities and avoid hypothermia in the -15 degree winds. But the effort was well worth it. People greeted us warmly, fully backed our campaign to go “back to the tap,” and heaped empty cans and bottles on our backs so that we ended up shuffling through the snow looking like Sherpas.
The result… over $550 raised for the food bank and 80 participants delighted to defrost and refuel once back indoors.
Later that afternoon we were transformed into little communities spread across lush fields and desert plains in order to simulate the challenges faced in the equitable distribution of water.
Poor families in “Desertia” ended up with high debts, illness, death and still faced water shortages, while others in “Watopia,” by virtue of their good fortune of being located amidst plenty of water, accumulated more wealth and water than they needed. Hearing the different families share their experiences afterwards brought home how complex it can be share equitably, even when everyone is doing their best.
The day ended with a closer look at what Development and Peace is – a member-led international development organization founded by the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops – and how it tries to address challenges, such as those we encountered in our simulation game, through fundraising and education in Canada in order to support partners in the Global South who promote alternatives to unfair social, political and economic structures.
We also heard some personal stories from the leaders about their journeys into social justice activity. Juilio even rocked the house with his freestyle rap!
Before heading back home, after an eventful and thought provoking weekend, we considered how we could bring the ideas and action experienced in Nelson back to our own communities, i.e. how to share the love?!
Without going into details, the journey home for poor Julia and I made the one to Nelson seem like a Sunday afternoon stroll on a sunny day. I am still thanking God that we survived! But on reflection, there is nothing I would rather risk my life for, than quality time with great friends, working to alleviate poverty any way, big or small, and the sense of fun and fullness that is still lasting today.
A BIG shout out to everyone there, all who organized it, and you for checking this out! Peace.
Jacques St. Laurent, Victoria BC
March 1, 2011
Great news!! Last night the City of London upheld its commitment to promoting public drinking water by rejecting pressure from the bottled water industry to eliminate its 2008 bottled water ban. Dozens of municipalities, universities, colleges and school boards across Canada have taken similar steps to provide accessible drinking water in facilities, promote the quality of municipal drinking water, and phase out the bottle.
On March 10th, they will be joined by thousands of individuals, institutions and organizations to celebrate the second annual Bottled Water Free Day. With the Canadian Federation of Students, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Sierra Youth Coalition, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE and the Polaris Institute — Canada’s second Bottled Water Free Day is a day to take action to reject bottled water and reclaim public water.
The members of the Bottled Water Free Day coalition applaud the City of London for upholding its ban on bottled water and its pledge to promote access to publicly delivered tap water!
What can we do to make a splash on (or around) Bottled Water Free Day???
How about having a public event to announce that your municipality, university, school, parish or other public institution is going bottled water free?
Or planning a meeting with decision makers to help make that happen?
Or building a sculpture – a monster, a waterfall, a giant water tap – from empty water bottles and displaying it somewhere public and visible?
Or creating a big, public display of signed pledge cards and getting lots of other people to sign on?
Your school, university, college, parish, community group etc. can endorse Bottled Water Free Day
Join the Facebook Group and Page to stay informed!
Videos, action activities, pledge cards and other resources can be accessed here.
Whatever you do, please tell us (and your local media)!
Genevieve Gallant: email@example.com
Siobhan Rowan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly DiDomenico: email@example.com
Development and Peace, along with the Polaris Institute, the Canadian Federation of Students, the Sierra Club, and CUPE is a full partner in Bottled Water Free Day.
Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 By Lauren Den Hartog St. Albert Gazette
Students and staff at Albert Lacombe School (St. Albert, Alberta) are trying to kick the habit of buying bottled water and use reusable containers instead. Earlier this month the school kicked off a new initiative that encourages the use of reusable water bottles instead of buying bottled water. School principal Julian DiCastri said the issue is about protecting people in developing countries like Ecuador and Indonesia.
In Indonesia, large bottled water companies control many of the country’s natural springs and often deny access to water to small-scale farmers.
“There was a time in some of these countries like Indonesia and Ecuador where water was abundant and now because they’re damming it up and trying to sell it and maximize the consuming of it and quantifying it, that now the locals are deprived,” said DiCastri, who became attuned to issues related to water privatization thanks to an article in the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace’s newsletter.
DiCastri said the issue is relevant in Canada where plastic water bottles are filling up landfills, something kids at Albert Lacombe can really relate to.
From a Catholic school perspective, he said the initiative also reflects their faith.
“Jesus was all about justice and getting fairness. Regardless of whether you buy into the faith or not, he stood for radical, preferential treatment for the poor, that was his mandate.”
When students returned after the Christmas break, they were asked to sign a pledge supporting publicly owned and operated water systems by choosing tap water over bottled water whenever possible.
The pledge also includes a commitment to create bottled water-free zones in students’ homes and to support efforts to have bottled water replaced by tap water in all municipal, provincial and federal public spaces.
“We’re not saying don’t use water bottles, we’re saying take a reusable water bottle and fill it up and that way you’re contributing to our environment and you’re also, in the greater scheme, looking out for things globally,” said DiCastri.
“You’re not asking them to change the world in one fell swoop but in a very small way they can make a meaningful contribution.”
According to Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians, private sector interests knew long before the public that the world was running out of water and that whoever controlled the word’s fresh water resources would be very powerful.
“We have so lost our touch with water and we have to much to learn from people in the developing world about respect for water,” Barlow said in a recent interview with The Water Front.
She called bottled water a form a “water theft” and said the unregulated industry is growing by about 20 per cent each year.
“We’re just at the cusp of a massive change in our view of water from being something that belonged to us all that was a common part of global heritage to something that will be commodified,” Barlow said.
DiCastri said water privatization makes no sense. “When you swoop in there as a company, drill in and then start charging the locals for water, it just seems criminal.”
DiCastri said staff at Albert Lacombe will no longer purchase bottled water for the cooler in their office and will instead rely on reusable water.
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Happy New Year! With the amazing fundraising and advocacy we accomplished in 2010… I can’t wait to see what else we can do together!
Just before Christmas our 2011 THINKfast kits filled Canada Post mailboxes east and west. Thanks to Natalie, our Youth Programs Intern from the fall, and the whole THINKfast team here in Toronto we are thrilled to be sharing with you our newest THINKfast in print and online!
- A new coiled book format
- Revamped directions and planning tools
- New or transformed resources on our campaign WATER FOR ALL!
- Alternative activities uploaded online
- Extra resources on your DVD
- THINKfast online fundraising right here on the blog
- BOTH offline and online donations visible online!
- Start fundraising!
This past year we showed the world the meaning of generous – Canadians raised 20 MILLION for emergency relief and reconstruction in Haiti and 7 MILLION for the same in Pakistan. 1 MILLION of this came from schools and school boards: elementary, high schools, colleges and universities.
AMAZING. And then, thanks to your THINKfast efforts, we raised over $200,000 in much needed funds for justice and peace in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.