The Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) celebrates - March 22, 2012
"Water and Food Security"
LETHBRIDGE, AB, March 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) is strongly encouraging Canadians to recognize and celebrate World Water Day 2012. This year's theme of Water and Food Security will be the focus of several events that will take place across Canada on Thursday, March 22nd.
CWRA is also seeking feedback on actions taken across Canada in support of reducing Canada's water footprint. We encourage you to visit http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/productgallery for data on comparisons of water required for food items we consume and tell us how you plan on making a difference on March 22nd by visiting our online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6W9SGJH
"Water is an important resource required to sustain human life and ecosystems. Human activities such as drinking, cooking, washing, bathing, and food production all are dependent on water. Yet, many Canadians do not know how much water is required to support our every day activities. Water foot printing is a means of measuring our direct and indirect water use. The water footprint is the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by an individual or a community or produced by a given business, says Andre' St-Hilaire, National President of CWRA, Canada's largest professional non-government organization dealing with water. "My personal commitment in support of this year's World Water Day is to reduce my water footprint by carefully selecting what I eat and drink based on which products required the least amount of water in their production. For example, I will replace my morning coffee with tea and in so doing I will reduce my water footprint by over 100 L for each cup of coffee that I don't consume today."
The CWRA is a national organization of water resource professionals from the public, private and academic sectors who are committed to raising public awareness of the value of water and to promoting responsible and effective water resource management in Canada. We have branches in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador.
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March as World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater management. World Water Day is a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. CWRA is supportive of World Water Day and fully endorses the wise water use in Canada and throughout the world not only on World Water Day but on an ongoing basis.
On March 22nd, the CWRA is hosting or co-hosting a series of events in cities across Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto. To find out more about these events, visit the CWRA website (www.cwra.org), the Canada Water Week website (canadawaterweek.com), the UN world water day website (www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/), or contact your Provincial CWRA Branch.
For further information:
Rick Ross Executive Director 403 317 0017