The Council of Canadian Thunder Bay Chapter was recently chosen to participate in the Freshwater Alliance‘s Great Lakes Mentorship Program as one of five community organizations in the Canadian Great Lakes Basin. This four-month program is designed to strengthen the public engagement and communications efforts of grassroots and community-based organizations working on freshwater issues in the Great Lakes basin.
The Thunder Bay COC’s Blue Planet Committee will participate in this program starting September 2013. Janice Horgos, the Chair of the Blue Planet Committee, hopes the program will provide a platform to promote access to clean water as a human right and public ownership of water and waste-water services. “The Committee is particularly concerned that lack of safe clean water in many First Nations communities threatens human health and the environment,” explains Horgos. “A key goal will be to become a better ally to the First Nations by broadening our engagement and involvement by taking an environmental justice approach as we campaign for safe clean water for everyone.”
To date the Committee has launched a ‘No to Bottled Water – Yes to Superior‘ campaign
and is actively seeking like-minded groups and organizations to join its campaign. The next meeting of the Blue Planet Committee will be on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 7-8:30pm at the Brodie Resource Library. For more information about the project and how you can get involved, contact Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information about the Council of Canadians Blue Planet and Blue Community Projects.