By: Bridget Graham
Photo taken by: Kemmel Graham
The iconic song by Creedence Clearwater Revival has never truly spoken to me more so than it does today. Even though I saw John Forgety perform the classic hit last summer, it was not until I watched Water on the Table that I realized how truly powerful the words really were.
My hometown Beachburg, is along the Ottawa River and I never truly feel more at home than when I can sit and watch the rapids. People come from all over the world to go whitewater rafting, and international kayaking competitions are often held in my own backyard.
I must say that I should have watched Water on the Table a very long time ago. Maude Barlow is truly an inspiration woman, and I recently found out that she would also be attending the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Her courage is truly admirable, and it is wonderful to see a fellow Canadian so incredibly passionate about the environment.
The documentary mostly talked about water and the true value of it. As our delegation gets ready for our upcoming trip to Rio, one of the gaps that we have identified is that there is no mention whatsoever of Polar Oceans in the Zero draft. There is mention of oceans in the draft and they are a priority for the conference but it still worries me that people are overlooking the Polar Oceans.
Water is our most precious resource and without it there is no hope for us. The members of our delegation understand this, as does Mrs. Barlow. We understand that through education and cooperation we can make a difference. We are speaking for all those being affected by climate change. We are speaking for those who cannot themselves be at Rio. Water is a gift, but it is one that must be protected for the generations yet to come.