New Zealand declares The Whanganui River a Person

The Whanganui River Since 1840, when the New Zealand indigenous Māori ceded sovereignty to British colonists in the Treaty of Waitangi, the Whanganui iwi have tried and failed to have New Zealand’s third longest river acknowledged as a “living whole” with its own rights and autonomy, rather than treating it from a perspective of ownership and management. The iwi—like the indigenous peoples of Canada, who view water as alive (Nibi onje biimaadiiziiwin)—are spiritually connected to…

Continue reading


Ten Ways to Listen to Trees

“Trees are full of song,” writes David George Haskell in the May 10 online issue of Scientific American. “Wind clatters and hisses through leaves and needles, insects stridulate, ice rends weakened wood, people chatter on the street below, and mechanical noises reverberate within trunks.” Haskell’s new book “The Songs of Trees”, explores the science and ethics of a dozen trees around the world. A professor of biology at The University of the South, he tells…

Continue reading


Water Is…

“This elegantly written homage to water will surprise, educate and, hopefully, inspire us all to make better conscious choices about our use of this essential planetary asset. Author Nina Munteanu’s careful examination of this integral life element weaves through the physical, spiritual, and philosophical as she deftly reveals its impact upon us as well as our own troubling influences upon the water with which we’ve been gifted. This book will give the reader a greater…

Continue reading


Call for Submissions: Water Anthology

Reality Skimming Press is looking for submissions to their first anthology in their hard science optimistic series. This first anthology is a Water Anthology, obviously based on the theme of water. The project coordinator is Ellen Michelle. The water anthology will be edited by scientist and author Nina Munteanu. Story requirements: Stories must use real or realistic science based on the theme of water in the near future (50-100 years from 2017). Your story must…

Continue reading


“it’s all about myopia”

it’s all about myopia seeing only what’s in front of your face taking for granted, feeling entitled, believing that water is there to serve me when in re-a-lity I AM IT’S SERVANT   Water is a living entity with characteristics beyond fluidity from frozen ice to cool wet to hot steam and from space comes this invisibility   Water the living entity heals you and me slakes our thirst washes our body cooks our food…

Continue reading


Bottled Water is Not Cool, Jennifer!

Jennifer Aniston I remember recently passing an ad on King Street in Toronto that made me stop; it depicted Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston sublimely holding a bottle of Smartwater—as if it would indeed make her smart. Not. The shame of it is that I’m told the actress is a humanitarian and devotes her time to worthy charities and causes. Promoting bottled water is its antithesis. Promoting bottled water is promoting corporate greed and environmental disrespect.…

Continue reading


Quebec Passes Wetlands and Water Conservation Act

On June 16, 2017, members of the Quebec National Assembly unanimously voted to pass the Wetlands and Water Conservation Act, leading the nation in wetland conservation. The Act reforms the legal framework that protects wetlands and water bodies in Quebec, with legislation that targets land use planning, integrated water resource management, environmental authorization, and natural heritage conservation measures, writes Water Canada. Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) called the Act “a turning point in the history of…

Continue reading


Water Is…

“[Nina] is immersed well enough in water to tell us about how we should think about it. And the way she goes about it in this book is awfully good…A fine achievement.” —Joseph Planta, The Commentary, Vancouver, Canada       Joseph Planta is the founding editor of TheCommentary.ca.  He is also the host of the Planta: On the Line interview program, which since August 2004 has featured over 1100 interviews with notable individuals in…

Continue reading


The 2017 Canadian Water Summit & “Water Is…”

I recently attended the 8th annual Canadian Water Summit held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, on the Territory of the Mississauga of the New Credit. Organized by Actual Media Inc. and entitled “Collaboration to Action” (Leadership & Investment in Canada’s Blue Economy), the summit brought together creative minds from industry, academia, government and civil society to imagine what our future will be. “[Water] is the new space race.”—Hank Venema, IISD Hank Venema,…

Continue reading