Water pollution

First Nations Health Emergency (Example Letter)

SUBJECT:

Help Indigenous Peoples During the Emergency Heath Crisis

BODY:

I am a university student and am non-Indigenous.

I am aware of Indigenous Peoples “officially” calling for help due to a suicide epidemic, and the lack of proper medical care in their communities. The harm being done is not only affecting the people living on reserves, but is harming all Canadians as we work towards resolving our past history. We must work towards a positive future that we can all be proud of and feel is nurturing to ourselves and  future generations.

The quality of life that Indigenous people on reserves are currently receiving does not reflect the Canada that I want to support and I urge you to help make this right as quickly as possible.

The water quality in these reserves are pitiful and I am incredibly disappointed with the way our government has chosen to ignore the issues. It is racist, and by doing nothing to help with the suicide/health epidemic, you are helping to continue (and promote) the genocide that has been occurring for hundreds of years on this land.

Are you able to empathize with the people who have lost their children, mothers, elders and friends because of our “do nothing” approach?

What is being done to address these issues? Surely you would not enjoy living in these disturbing situations, and I hope you never do.

Sincerely concerned and interested to have a response,


David Zimmer
Email: dzimmer.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Address:
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
Suite 400
160 Bloor Street East
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E6
Tel: 416-325-5110

Justin Trudeau
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
Address:(No postage required!)
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
Tel: 1 613 995-0253

(more…)

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Wildlife Entanglement

Marine wildlife death by entanglement is something we should all be aware of. Thousands of miles and literally tons of derelict rope and fishing nets are littered into our water.

I found out that there are 682 beaches out there. We must keep them clean and safe in order to sustain life on this planet. So let’s support a good cause and help clean up fishing nets!

Check out the link below to learn about what is done to prevent marine wildlife entanglement.

Source: Wildlife Entanglement – Planet Love Life

Marine Debris Awareness | Recycled Nautical Rope Bracelets

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Bracelets for a good cause! Help support coastal & beach cleanup projects by purchasing a stylish nautical rope bracelet. available in blue, green, brown & grey.

Source: Marine Debris Awareness | Recycled Nautical Rope Bracelets – Planet Love Life

 

A friend of mine shared this with me and I think it would be one of the best ways to give a gift this year! They are so beautiful, too.

Check out my post about plastic in our oceans  if you want to know more.

Educational Graffiti – COOL Things to Do in the Classroom –

Yellow Fish Road™ Program is a Toronto and Region Conservation initiative that offers students a FREE half-day of curriculum-linked learning.

This hands-on program allows students and participants to get involved in community outreach action by getting out there and DOING something! Yellow Fish Road™ uses a PowerPoint presentation, an in-class demonstration and an interactive aspect to help students understand how our storm drains are directly linked to local water bodies without any purification/treatment.

i.e. everything we dump in storm drains goes directly into our water systems!

After students are educated, they can mark local storm drains with yellow fish and share educational pamphlets to homes in the area, helping educate others about storm water pollution.

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* – The program runs from April-October and can be used in schools (grades 2-12), corporate and special interest groups or guides/scouts.

If you want to know how you can get your classroom involved, check out the Yellow Fish Road Website or the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Website

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Source: Fishes of Toronto: A Guide to their Remarkable World – City of Toronto Biodiversity Series, 2012

Water Pollution

… occurs when a source —such as industrial waste, urban runoff, or garbage— contaminates the water.

 

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