Magazine article New Internationalist

Watering Solutions

Magazine article New Internationalist

Watering Solutions

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Vancouver gats about 1117.2 millimetres of rain a year. In Manitoba, it snows about 74 days a year. And approximately eight per cent of Canada's land is covered in lakes. So it's no surprise that many Canadians take fresh water for granted.

Waterlution wants to challenge this common attitude. A nonprofit organization that works across Canada, Waterlution's mission is to bring different stakeholders together to create sustainable solutions to water use. From supporting a network of leaders, to hosting 'unconferences' and crafting custom learning programmes, Waterlution's mission is to facilitate a discussion, not push a specific agenda.

The 'Future of Water Workshop Series' is one of the organization's main projects. Director Karen Kun notes that the group promotes a balanced experience for participants. 'It's not up to me to tell people how to think or feel,' she says. The series encourages young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 to discuss their relationship to water. From community organizers, to First Nations, to business owners, the workshops thrive on the notion that everybody holds a deep interest in water. …

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