Water – TAKE ACTION!
Take Action to Protect Canada’s Water!
Here are some ways you can get involved:
together an active group of volunteers and start brainstorming some
ideas. In order to get a lot of people to your vent, it should be
informative, engaging and fun. Get creative with your planning, and
find interesting ways to get people thinking and talking about water
Here are some ideas to get you started:
You can show political documentaries or feature films with water
themes, either on a large-screen TV in a public room or a community
movie theatre. The film could be used as a build up to a larger action.
Concerts, philosophers’ cafes and coffeehouses
The general rule for a concert is to plan to make more money than you
spend organizing it. Try to get everything donated: the stage, sound
equipment, bands, and food. Philosophers’ cafes and coffeehouses are
organized around topics of discussion. It gives people a chance to get
together, have drinks and snacks, and enjoy some discussion.
Outdoor rallies, parades, public demonstrations, street theatre and marches
These kinds of events do take a lot of planning to be successful, but
they can be a great way to gain public attention. You will need a
public venue, speakers, entertainment, visual aids like banners and
placards, and a good crowd. In some locations, you may need to get a
rally or parade permit. These events can work best if you can mix
hard-hitting speeches with music and participatory exercises.
In panel discussions speakers make short presentations, followed by
discussion or questions from audience members. Having a petition or a
letter to sign is also a good way to involve that audience. Make sure
you choose a topic that matters to your community and have panelists
that represent different views on the issue. Some panel topics could
include: water as a human right, privatization of community water
facilities, water, health and the environment, source protection and
banning water exports, and bottled water.
Meet with your MP
Organize a group of citizens to meet with your MP, bring materials and
fact sheets and discuss why Canada needs a National Water Policy.
For more information visit the Council of Canadians web site: http://www.canadians.org/water/action/index.html