The largest shameful and damaging aspect of our denial is demonstrated by how our nation treats our water. Water is an extremely essential substance for humans and life as we know it. If Canada lost all its’ fresh water, our society simply could not survive. Regardless of these basic truths Canadians treat our vast amounts of water as though it could not be polluted. The water supply is becoming more polluted every year.
Our nation dumps one hundred and fifty billion litres of raw sewage into waterways every single year (Souza, 2012). This is deadly; unclean water at this magnitude is a spawning ground for bacteria and deceases. Not to mention destructive for aquatic habitats. The full consequence of this cannot be fully understood until you put into consideration what else is in human waste. There is potential for synthetic chemicals from medicine, plastic containers, and cosmetics.
According to Statistics Canada, Nitrate and ammonia are released into the water at over 50,000 metric tons each per year (2013). These pollutants are particularly disconcerting. Nitrates are toxic in high doses and Ammonia causes respiratory ailments in its gaseous state (“Nitrates” n.d.; “Ammonia” 2008). If contaminated water evaporates, the Ammonia g...
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...tain modern infrastructure and technology, there could be devastating results.
In conclusion, Canadian is not doing enough to improve the environment. Denials accompanied by an illusion of progress have stifled real tangible results. Our country is sliding towards a disaster. It is imperative that we improve our environmental impact. We can achieve this by ending unfiltered dumping in water, discourage industry waste, modernize our recycling system and our attitude, and by capturing or lowering greenhouse gas emissions. In the meantime, buy a water purifier and start recycling that is the least you could do.
Souza, M. (2012). Canada's environment minister to crack down on "third world" sewage practices. Canada.com. Retrieved from http://www.canada.com/technology/Canada+environment+minister+crack+down+third+world+ sewage+practices/6912791/story.html
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