” I feel like a citizen of Lake Ontario more than anywhere else…it was a huge part of my life” – Gord Downie
Gord Downie’s journey with water activism began with a battle against a cement company. The company was experimenting with burning tires as an alternative fuel source. He joined forces with the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper after hearing a speech by Robert Kennedy Jr. and put a halt to the unsafe practice in the lakeside village of Bath, Ontario.
Gord Downie (1964-2017) was a singer, songwriter, and trustee of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (LOW). Gord’s partnership with LOW, which helped put a halt to the actions of a polluting cement company, underscores the importance of preserving and conserving our limited freshwater resources. Nearly 70% of the world’s fresh water is locked in ice, and most of the rest is in aquifers that we are draining much more quickly than the natural recharge rate. Water scarcity affects one in three people on every continent of the globe. Gord helped to protect water in his community.
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Courage music video courtesy of Universal Music and Peer Music
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