Our Living Waters is a collaborative network of organizations in Canada working together under a common strategic framework to achieve the ambitious goal of all waters in good health by 2030.
Reaching this goal means ensuring all our waters are free of contaminants and are safe for swimming and drinking; that our waters support life, an economy and a healthy environment including fish that are healthy, and safe to eat, and including our smallest freshwater species like aquatic bugs, which form the base of the food chain. We are reaching for inspiring results, and we know that no one organization, no matter how large, can achieve them on their own.
Members of the Our Living Waters Network support this ambitious goal and commit to working collaboratively to help achieve it.
There are many benefits to becoming a OLW Network member. Here are a few:
Canada is a vast country with many freshwater advocates responding locally to the threats facing our waters. The OLW Network helps us span the country through a shared measurement system that clarifies how our actions are aligned, can be scaled up, and whether our collective actions are making a difference.
Members learn from each other, increase their peer-to-peer network, take advantage of partnerships, and amplify their own organization’s efforts through collective support.
Members have access to collaborative funding opportunities that address priorities for freshwater health across the country. Members can help advise on these priorities through activities like our biennial Our Living Waters gathering, annual surveys and participation in working group activities.
Put simply, none of us can achieve the goal of all waters in good health by 2030 alone. We need to work together, align efforts and identify opportunities to leverage each other’s work locally and regionally to advance national level goals for healthy waters.
Be part of the movement and join with us today. There are two requirements to becoming an OLW Network member: that you support the ambitious goal and believe we can only achieve it by working together. Being part of the OLW Network will give you many opportunities to take collective action towards the goal, and we do hope you take them. When you engage, however, and in what manner you engage, will always be your decision.
*Please note, we retain the right to refuse membership to any entity deemed to not be in the best interests of the OLW Network. Though we don’t intend to use this right liberally, we want to be transparent and note that it does exist. Should we have any concerns with your membership request, you will hear back from someone on the OLW management team.