Protecting Alberta's Water Commons: Challenges and Opportunities

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 23:00 to Friday, March 22, 2013 - 01:00
U of A Telus Center Room 134 (111 Street and 87 Avenue) Edmonton , AB
Canada
53° 32' 39.8004" N, 113° 29' 27.3372" W
Alberta CA

Is Alberta's Water being Managed Sustainably?

Many Albertans are uncertain of how our precious inheritance, the water that collects on and under the land, will be protected for its essential uses by human and non-human life here.

We are hearing that:

* Water reservoir levels are dwindling while levels of pollution and ecological imbalance in these waters are rising at an alarming rate
* While global warming relentlessly reduces supply, demand by industry, agriculture, and urban dwellers is rapidly increasing (e.g. the use of water for underground “fracking” for fossil fuels)    
* The pressure on government to make unsustainable water allocations/licenses is growing   
* Our water commons are increasingly under threat of commodification by private interests

What legislation, policy, and guidelines are in place to ensure a sustainable supply of fresh water in Alberta? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these? How can we as citizens participate in protecting Alberta’s water now and for future generations?  

To find answers to these questions, please join the Council of Canadians Edmonton Chapter and our guest speakers:

* Cindy Chiasson - Executive Director, Environmental Law Centre

* Rachel Notley - Environment Critic, Alberta New Democrats

* Shannon Stunden-Bowers - Research Director, Parkland Institute

Presented by the Council of Canadians Edmonton Chapter, co-sponsored by the Parkland Institute

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Richard Merry

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