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Pursuit of Excellence Inspires Care for the Environment

Podcast

May 29, 2011
Peterborough Museum & Archives, Peterborough, Ontario
Speaker: John Hastings, Canadian National Kayak Team

Kayaker John Hastings traces his journey in pursuit of Olympic gold and explains how it gave rise to a concern for freshwater resources. He describes how his love for kayaking was fostered on rivers and lakes in Canada and around the world.

Unfortunately, many waterways are being affected by drought, flooding or dams and therefore are not suitable for kayaking. This situation has led, rather surprisingly, to the development of artificial kayaking courses at several international competitions.

On one international excursion, John became sick from drinking tap water, and as a result, he felt compelled to learn more about the issues of drinking water and to take on an advocacy role.

He concludes with some statistics on water use and a call for us to all do our part in ensuring that water resources remain viable.

This lecture was part of Voices: A Canadian Perspective on Water, RBC National Lecture Series.

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