Let’s Talk About Water

Written By: Rebecca Dean, JGI Canada Volunteer
Category: From The Field

Today is World Water Day, the perfect opportunity to tell you about how clean, accessible water is an important part of our approach to conservation.

Clean Water Saves Lives

Many diseases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are transmitted by contaminated water.  Preventable diseases, such as malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis can be largely eradicated by providing communities with safe access to clean water. That’s why JGI Canada has proudly helped establish access to this vital resource to more than 11,000 people through our Better Beginnings, Stronger Families Program. Healthier communities translates into healthy forests and wildlife.  

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Chimpanzees LOVE and NEED Water!

We are not the only ones who enjoy the benefits of freshwater. At the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center, chimpanzees have access to to their own freshwater system to ensure they are healthy and happy. When the chimpanzees go out to explore, they are drawn to natural water sources – sometimes their curiosity gets the best of them.  

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Global Goal #14 – Life Below Water

JGI Canada is a partner with The Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The Global Goals aim to achieve three main things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. To realise these Goals, everyone needs to take part.Goal number 14, Life Below Water, refers to the target of sustainably managed oceans, sea and marine life. At current rates, it is estimated that over 30% of marine habitats have already been destroyed. We encourage educators to use the Global Goals as a framework for teaching students about sustainability.  

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Protecting Our Sacred Water

 

It is vitally important to protect our sacred water while we still can; not only for ourselves, but for future generations.  Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program supports educators who want to bring these indigenous ways of knowing into their classroom through a free online resource –  Protecting our Sacred Water.

Photo credits top to bottom; Jenny Desmond, JGI Canada/Sophie Muset