With global attention on Standing Rock in the past year, there is a massive awakening to the basic truth that water is life and it needs to be protected. All over the world people are coming together to safeguard water resources. This is only part of the good news about the upcoming World Water Day celebration.
Do what you can, do it with others and do it with passion. ~ Guy Ryder, Chair of UN-Water
Many of us are now aware of how fresh water has been under assault globally by pollution, extractive industries, oil spills and more. Like water, we must continue to flush, circulate, dilute and cleanse the toxicity and renew ourselves if we are to address water issues from a strong, healthy place within ourselves. There are solutions but they are useless if people are drowning in despair or unaware of their own connection with life-giving water. This article is meant to inspire while reminding us that we are living in very exciting times on Planet Earth.
We can focus on where we have been, where we are, or where we are going and though all perspectives are important, the present and the future are the only things we have the power to change and shape. The best part about this is that there is a tsunami of awakening, collective action, and solidarity across the planet and each one of us is a part of it. Our bodies are made of water, so what happens to the water effects us all.
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. ~ United Nations Website
World Water Day Background
Since the beginning of time water has been honored as sacred; songs were sung and prayers made while collecting water from local springs. Our indigenous ancestors were wise and connected to the elements that support and sustain life. As we evolved, migrated, and became industrialized, we lost this powerful connection and slowly began to desecrate the waters. A voice from our ancient past called to us through our indigenous relatives, through events like Standing Rock, and people began listening.
Expressing love is the best way to nurture relationships of all forms. When we love our garden we will spend time with it, this will make our plants bloom with vibrancy. When we express love to children they beam with joy and grow into kind, nurturing adults. Everyone has their own way to show love, it is a creative act of honoring, appreciating and connecting. When we don’t show love we see the opposite effect of darkness, violence, and despair creep in. Of all the things that connect life on this planet, water is perhaps the most important, yet we rarely take the time to love water. ~ World Water Day 2015, To Love Water is to Celebrate Life
In 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), held in Rio de Janeiro, recommended an international day to celebrate freshwater. Celebrated every year on March 22 since 1993, World Water Day has continued to evolve into a beautiful global expression of our love for sacred water.
In 2013, Unify hosted the first global meditation called #lovewater, employing the emerging social media landscape as a tool to engage, inspire, and involve people all over the planet. It was very successful, as people gathered near their local springs, lakes, creeks and water sources to give thanks to the water, and to show their love by making a commitment to becoming a part of the solution. In 2015, Uplift got involved and began producing high-quality films and media to increase the reach and influence of this important movement.
Standing Rock – Birth of a Global Movement
Protecting water from the Dakota Access Pipeline was the central intention at Standing Rock this past year, yet something unexpected and amazing also happened there in North Dakota. The gathering that came together was an expression of solidarity of over 500 tribes; one that has never before been seen. Not only was it a beautiful example of allegiance between indigenous nations, but also of individuals of a variety of different cultural backgrounds, from every corner of the world.
Veterans came and there was a healing ceremony for the atrocities that the Cavalry did to Native people in generations past. There was also unprecedented independent media collaboration across social platforms, live broadcasts, as well as creative approaches, like encouraging banks to divest.
Taking responsibility as humans, forgiving, and stepping up like this clears emotional, cultural, and historical wounds which bring the healing that is needed for the people and the land. This is the power of unifying for something bigger than all of us, and it shows what we can do when we work together in a sacred way and work towards a common goal.
The power of Standing Rock is not solely about saving that sacred land, it is also about igniting a global fire of passion that we need to bring the necessary changes to our communities and planet. Standing Rock is now everywhere, the people are united, and the waters feel our love as we work together to wake up everyone around us. You can learn more about Standing Rock in a free e-book with quotes from elders, stories, and photos meant to inspire at this link.
Getting Involved is Fun and Empowering
Standing Rock has birthed a global awareness around the importance of taking action now to preserve our water resources. Galvanized by the support and potency of the action at Standing Rock, other communities are gathering and making their voices heard. Here are a few ways that you can get in on the action!
Surfrider Foundation is an example of a great organization that has local chapters all over. There website has a great list of current campaigns that allow you to take action right from your computer and inspire you. There are many organizations like this that address activism on multiple levels including lawsuits, ballot initiatives, and community cleanup parties.
On the island of Kauai Surfrider is filing a lawsuit to prevent pesticides from being sprayed along a drainage that leads to the sea. Change starts within individuals who are awakened and connected to their love for the waters. When local communities bring awareness to water, and act together for change, magic happens!
The extensive use of pesticides by large scale mono-crop agriculture has led to pesticide pollution in measurable quantities in groundwater, streams and nearshore waters of Kaua’i. The Chapter has been very concerned with pesticide pollution effects on water quality on the island and successfully advocated for “right to know” legislation that will allow public knowledge about the pesticides that are being used and tested on the island. Unfortuantely, this legislation is being challenged in court. Earthjustice is also currently representing Surfrider Foundation on defense of the Kaua’i “Right to Know” HB 2491 legislation before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. ~ Surfrider Website
World Water Day, 2017
On March 22, at 5pm PDT (2am GMT), let’s gather together to appreciate water in a sacred way for World Water Day. Let’s Bless The Water where we live, or at places that are sacred to us. Find a local spring, river, lake, beach or place of water to pray, meditate, or hold a ceremony in whatever form of practice feels good in your community. Let us affirm that water is life, for every single being, whether they know it or not. Set your intentions, prayers, and actions for Water to be respected, preserved, protected, cleaned, and appreciated.
Together we will bless the water around the world in a globally synchronized meditation. Register at blessthewater.com to listen to the Live Audio Broadcast and to watch the online world premier of the UPLIFT film ‘Water is Life: you are what you drink’. All completely free! Join us on social media using the hashtags #waterislife and #blessthewater.
We are all connected. Nothing demonstrates this more than the nature of water. Essential for life, water flows, remembers, carries, cleans, hydrates, irrigates, and washes. Water is one body, cycling through all animals, plants, rivers and streams, then returning to the ocean to evaporate again into rain. Infinitely recycling itself, finite and precious, water is central to life. We are water, and together with our thoughts, prayers, and actions, we become the good news for the awakening that will create a better future for all life.
Appreciating water is appreciating life. Indeed, water is life, or as it is said in the Lakota language ‘Mni Wiconi’.