Water everywhere but not a drop for many First Nations

Canada has seven percent of the world’s renewable fresh water. Seven percent. Only the Russian Federation and Brazil (despite the extensive long-term drought around the country’s capital, Sao Paolo) beat out Canada in freshwater access. But like Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Mariner,” water may be everywhere but for thousands there is not a drop to drink –…

Environmental justice on the Ganges

There’s a classic pattern of environmental injustice in which the more powerful overuse or divert natural resources to the detriment of less influential neighbors. The Ganges River could be the poster child for this phenomena. The third largest river in the world, this slow moving behemoth meanders more than 1500 miles from the western Himalayas…