The Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading progressive advocacy organization with over 100,000 grassroots supporters and local chapters from coast to coast. Through their campaigns, they advocate for clean water, green energy, fair trade, public health care and a vibrant democracy. They educate and empower people to hold our governments and corporations accountable.
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“Water is a living commons, to be shared, protected, carefully managed and enjoyed by all. Communities not only have a human right to water, but also a responsibility to protect those waters. The United Nations has recognized water and sanitation as a human right, which means that every government must now come up with a plan of action based on the “obligation to protect, respect, and fulfill” this right. Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, points out that the obligation to protect means that a government is obliged to prevent third parties from interfering with the enjoyment of this human right. This would mean, for instance, protecting local communities from pollution and inequitable extraction of water by corporations or governments.”