Thursday, March 24, 2011

A young girl asks the Canadian government to protect our oceans.

Ta'Kaiya, whose name means "Shallow Waters," is a young girl who wrote a song about the ocean.


She felt compelled to do something when she learned about a plan to pipe oil from Alberta's tar sands to British Colombia's north coast.


The Great Bear Rainforest, which the supertankers would pass through, is an ecologically sensitive area and she feels it's important for people to speak out to protect the ocean.

"If we do nothing, it will all be gone," she sings.

Ta'Kaiya's song was sent to federal MPs asking them to change their plans and stop oil tanker traffic on B.C.'s coast and in waters around the world.




Listen to Ta'Kaiya's song.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Canada is proud to be the World's Water-Keeper



Canada's boreal forest, which stretches across the top of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Northern Canada,  acts as a filter for the world's greenhouse gas emissions.







It holds half of the world's lakes larger than a square kilometre in size, five of the world's largest rivers, 81 million hectares of surface water and the world's largest remaining unpolluted body of fresh water - Great Bear Lake.

Let's keep this amazing resource clean and protected so that it can continue to keep our Earth healthy!

Monday, March 14, 2011

How will you celebrate Water Week?

Jump right in and help to celebrate Canada's Water Week from March 14th to March 22nd!


How much do you love water?


Do you know where the largest body of water is in your community?


What will you do to celebrate and protect the water you have?


For lots of great information and ideas on how to celebrate water, visit:


http://canadawaterweek.com


Friday, March 4, 2011

Did you ever think sharks would need your help?

Sharks have been swimming in our oceans since before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.  That's over 400 million years ago!
It's hard to believe that something as big and fierce as a shark could need our help, but it's true!

Humans have been hunting sharks for many years, which is not a problem.  The problem comes from a new demand for shark fin soup.  In some cultures this soup is considered a special treat.   As the soup becomes more popular, more sharks are killed.  As many as 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins alone, which has wiped out much of the shark population.
So, it's great to see some countries taking action to protect them.  The United States has recently voted to ban the sale of shark fins in Guam, located in the Pacific region.  Guam joins other Pacific Ocean voices to help save the sharks.