International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 

This March 21, celebrate World Water Day with us!


Date/time: Monday March 21, 6:00-9:00
Location: William Doo Auditorium, New College, 45 Willcocks St
$2 for students, $5 for community
It is strongly recommended that you RSVP to in order to guarantee a seat.
Join us as we discuss water issues at a local and international level. Panelists will also discuss the impact of the bottled water industry on water resources and access to water.

– What is the impact of the extraction, bottling, transportation, storage, and disposal of bottled water?
– What happens when water is privatized?
– Why isn’t more money invested in fixing problems in the public water infrastructure?
– Can we have a bottled-water-free UofT?

Panelists include:

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians

Maude is the recipient of ten honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”). In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. She is also the best selling author or co-author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

Full biography:

Dr. Romila Verma
Dr. Romila Verma is a Lead Researcher in Water Issues with the
Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy. She also teaches
Water Resource Management at University of Toronto. Growing up with water scarcity in India, Dr. Verma is a passionate advocate for clean
water for all.

Dr. Verma will be speaking on:
The Water Crisis in Developing Countries: Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together.

Debby Danard
Bio coming soon!

Other panelists TBA

This event is organized by:
The Water Working Group (Public Water Initiative and UTSU), World Water Week Organizers, Oxfam UofT, New College Office of Residence and Student Life, University College Global Action Commission of the University College Literary and Athletic Society (UC Lit), Woodsworth Environmental Team (WET), Victoria College Students’ Administrative Council (VUSAC) & the VUSAC Environmental Sustainability Committee.