Should Canada share its fresh water supply? 43 replies

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lipo

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#1 14 years ago

According to climate change forecasts there will be a strong likelihood of water shortages around the globe. So the question is, should Canada share its water supply?

Canada currently owns and controls 20% of the world's fresh water supply. This is due mainly to the large amount of icebergs and glaciers in the arctic north. There has been many a proposal that we should share a portion of our fresh water supply with less fortunate places, such as Africa. Most people take the "I pity them" route and say yes, we should share it. There are people who have nothing to drink. That was the main point they had to counter our arguments.

Personally, I say that we should not export water because if we start exporting then we will lose control over it. Then eventually we will have no water left. If we were to go selling water to other, poorer countries then we would be losing it at the same time. Water is too much a vital and precious heritage too sell. Yes, Canada does own 20% of the worlds fresh water, but only 6.2% of this water is renewable through the hydrological cycle. USA has 5.8% of all renewable sources. Removing large quantities of water from any large body of it could disturb the natural peace in the area and the general ecosystem and its way of life. Say, for instance, a lot of algae died. There are fish that rely on algae for survival. In turn, these fish will die. And if these fish die, it will disrupt the food chain, causing a chain reaction up the chain until the animals that rely on fish die, and the animals that rely on the animals that rely on fish die.

And also, water is one of the things that makes Canada beautiful like it is today. We cannot simply exploit our natural resources for monetary gain by destroying our natural wonders. And then of course it would completely destroy our human ecosystem by,

1)Causing climate change.

Less water would change the amount of water the cycle goes through every day.

2)Overconsuming.

If we gave 1000 gallons of water to one village, it would be squandered quickly and ineffectively. I know it would sure look like there would be plenty of water to go around for as long as they lived, it's not. When you have that many in a village water gets used fast. For instance, think of all the water you'd used today. Did you have a longer shower than you needed because you wanted to enjoy it? Did you wash your hands, or left the water on while brushing your teeth? Did you perhaps put some dishes in the dishwasher and turn it on, even though it was only half full? All these uses of water could be taken in less quantities.

But of course, in the future far from now most other countries may be experiencing massive water shortages. These shortages could lead to wars with Canada over our fresh water supply. The U.S. could be the major enemy. Even though there's no reason, considering all the times we've fought for them and died in their useless and unneeded wars.

But then of course there's the counter-argument, which states that people in other countries are dying because they don't have fresh water to live off of. Is that egocentric of us? I don't think so. I think that the most important thing in a situation such as this is looking out for #1. Yes, they are dying, and it is disgusting. I think we can all agree that the fact that many people are dying because of water shortages is terrible. But there's nothing we can do about. And if they actually tried, transportation of such large amounts of water would be next to impossible.

If you tried to do it by airplane, then there is a high chance that the water would somehow be tainted by being in contact with the metal and material of the inside of an airplane.

If you tried to do it by boat, the ship would sink. I mean, look at any sinking of a ship in history. The reason was because water got into boat and it sunk. Naturally water does not float on water.

And if you tried it by land... I don't see how it would work.

So... what do you all think about this subject?




Octovon

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#2 14 years ago

Hell no! Its our water, and if anyone has a problem with it, boo-hoo! If Canada were to export our water, we would lose control over it. Our water is already bottled and sent out internationnaly by water-bottle companies, but if we started mass/bulk exportation of our water, then we would begin to lose our country's natural beauty, not to mention the damage to the hydrosphere and biospheres. As for shipping water over water, its kinda funny.




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#3 14 years ago

Everyman for themself.




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#4 14 years ago

LOL! I am not dieing of thirst so no need for me to do it, But i think they shgould you dont know when they will need help




evildude

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#5 14 years ago

i think canada should




Octovon

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#6 14 years ago

^ Why?




Zab

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#7 14 years ago
Octovon^ Why?

Because you're Canadian, generous and nice.




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#8 14 years ago

That doesn't mean we need to share our water. Find your own, or just use less. If you have such a problem, move to Canada, we wouldn't mind, or would we?




evildude

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#9 14 years ago

ok dude if you don't went to share the water try this move to a place that has no water and then see if you went canada to share the water




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#10 14 years ago

I say keep your water, here in Sweden we have our own freshwater springs so I don't mind ;) Actually I think that canadian and swedish nature is very similar to each other, I mean, we both have a shitload of pineapple trees, bears, elks and I think that the climate are almost the same too.