The United Nations designated March 22 as World Water Day more than 25 years ago. The theme of this year is Leaving No One Behind. "On this day, we must appreciate the value of safe freshwater, and understand that over 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home. Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need." 1 This day is really about recognizing the global issues around safe water. Please visit the UN World Water Day site to learn more.
Free from contaminationIn Canada and the United States, our access to safe drinking water is much better than in many parts of the world, and yet there are still many that do not have access to potable water at home and many risks our freshwater supply. The Great Lakes provide drinking water to 40 million people and did you know that the Great Lakes are 1/5 of the world's freshwater supply? With this abundance of freshwater on our doorstep, we have an awesome responsibility to take care of this amazing watershed system. And we need to acknowledge where our society's actions are damaging, and work together to find solutions. One source of contamination that Georgian Bay Forever is working to mitigate is plastics that researchers are finding in our lakes, in the creatures that live in them, and in our tap water and in our dinner plates. Our Divert and Capture project aims to mitigate the amount of microplastics getting into Georgian Bay through education, through shoreline clean-ups, and through a washing machine filter study in Parry Sound. We think the results of this 2-year study could have far-reaching effects in mitigating microplastic pollution beyond the Great Lakes Lean more about our "Divert and Capture" project here.
The fight’s not over
Make a donation! A donation to Georgian Bay Forever, is so appreciated and will go toward the extension of efforts on projects like Divert and Capture,Phragmites eradication, protecting biodiversity through science, and so much more for the water of Georgian Bay.