World Water Day: Oceanside coalition targets bottled water

World Water Day will be marked March 24 with an event by the Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities and KAIROS.

PARKSVILLE — World Water Day will be marked here on Sat., March 24, with an event organized jointly by the Oceanside Coalition for Strong Communities and Parksville/Qualicum KAIROS.

The focus this year is  bottled water.

World Water Day was designated in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro to raise awareness about the importance of preserving global water resources.

Since then communities, organizations and activists around the world have come together every year to highlight water struggles and the need for clean, accessible, public water for everyone.

The public is invited to join the event at 11 a.m. at the Parksville Community Park waterfront walkway Gazebo for a brief celebration of water, followed by a short walk along the shoreline.

The coalition, KAIROS and others have taken a stand against the use of bottled water when safe drinking water is readily available.

They are concerned that bottled water consumption is bad for the environment and undermines water as a human right.

— Submitted by OCSC