Well, access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted. Unfortunately, for so many others that simply isn’t the reality. You may be surprised to know that even in Canada, a country filled with lakes and fresh waterways, there are still communities who live with long-term boil advisories for drinking or bathing or brushing their teeth.
So, what can we do?
Well, like with any issue of this size and scope, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of solving the problem alone. Fortunately, we can share the burden together.
Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge and ice cubes in the freezer. It will save you from running the tap to get it to the right temperature.
Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
Share! Rather than dumping that extra gulp left in the pitcher, pour it into a pet’s dish or onto a houseplant.
Bonus: Never, ever, EVER buy bottled water. If you live in a community where clean drinking water is available, then you really shouldn’t be supporting water privatization by purchasing water from a company. It’s unsustainable, expensive, wasteful, and, in extreme cases, entirely stolen away from non-western communities.
Thirsty for more?
One of the best ways to embrace and enforce change is to stay informed. Here’s some reading to get you started.
If you enjoy seafood as much as I do, the challenge of eating locally in the Maritimes is less of a challenge and more of an indulgence.
A friend hosted a seafood dinner this week and it was amazing to dive into the abundance of freshly made fishcakes, smoked salmon, scallops, and mussels. Oh, the mussels…. Although I can’t speak to all of the food being local, it certainly became clear how lucky I am to live in a place where each of these are readily available, sometimes as fresh as a caught-that-day fish.
Also, fiddleheads! I tried my first taste of this curly green vegetable and, folks, I am in love. I even spotted some sprouting up along a nearby hiking trail. Don’t worry though, I didn’t munch on any raw.
I attempted the 100 mile challenge for a few weeks a couple of summers ago, whilst living in Ontario. While I’d call it a success, it was also quite difficult. This was partly because I enthusiastically jumped in assuming I could go veggie-heavy and rely on our local farmer’s market. Not so! I was appalled to discover that a considerable amount of produce sold at our nearest outdoor market was shipped in from the States! It was a real eye opener of how easily people, myself included, are blinded by novelty.
I’ve learned my lesson and now make sure to ask questions while making purchases. I can buy an American greenhouse apple at the grocery store, thank you very much. As far as I can tell though, the Halifax markets seem to feature the delectable products of local farmers and artisans for the most part. Perhaps Nova Scotia has more discerning customers?
To add even more convenience to eating locally-produced food , I’ve joined a CSA, which I’ll be posting on once I start my pick-ups in June. In the meantime, I look forward to supplementing my diet with the high quality, freshly-caught fish and seafood from our neighbouring ocean.