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Have you ever seen the rain?

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.


Bridget Graham
Bridget Graham 
Alum, Students on Ice 2011 Arctic Youth Expedition
Bridget is a first year sustainability student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is 18 years old and originally from Beachburg, Ontario. She is fluent in French and English and is currently attempting to learn German. She participated in the 2011 SOI Arctic Expedition, which traveled to Iceland, Greenland, Nunavik and Labrador. Bridget is a environmental youth group facilitator during the summer and is a provincial coach in Nova Scotia for Wheelchair-Basketball. She also coaches at a beginner level for sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball. In her first semester she pledged and joined the Alpha Eta chapter of the Alpha Gamma Delta women’s fraternity. She was named the most outstanding pledge and is currently the philanthropy chair for the chapter. She is very involved within her community and enjoys being a director of the Beachburg Fair Board, a 4H leader, a member of Junior Farmers and a past Queen of the Furrow. Bridget cannot wait for the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation and looks forward to meeting a new group of people with similar interests.

1 Comment

  1. Anne says:

    Well said Bridget-the power of too much or too little water is a major factor in the success or failure of many of the environments we live in.

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