Over 70% of the Earth is covered by water, and we humans ourselves are composed of at least 60% water. Water is vital to all of us – we’re watery creatures on a watery planet, but we’re not doing a very good job of protecting our resource or distributing it fairly.
Tomorrow, March 22, might be a good day to think about that a bit. It’s World Water Day, an annual observation begun by the United Nations 24 years ago as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Raising public awareness about the importance of conservation, preservation, and protection of water resources and drinking water supply is paramount.
The troubling truth is there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending unimaginable hours trekking to distance sources or standing in line for access to water, and coping with the health impact of using contaminated water.
As with all huge issues it can feel overwhelming to even think about it, let alone know what to do. But let’s set aside overwhelm and consider what we might in fact do. There are some obvious things.
- Support charities doing the hands-on ground work. There are lots of organizations doing good work and I absolutely encourage you to find some whose goals resonate with your own values. One I like is Water Is Life. Years ago they developed an innovative low-tech filter that could be used to purify water that was packaged as a simple book that could be given to a community – each page able to be used to purify a large quantity of water. It’s this kind of innovative thinking that I especially like to support. It reinforces my believe that the world is filled with creative genius.
- Boycott businesses and organizations whose agendas are profit-driven and ultimately even more negatively impactful. For example consider not using bottled water or support its manufacture as it creates extraordinary waste and pollution both in the manufacture of the plastic bottles and in the issue of their disposal. Suggesting that providing a long-term solution for those with water issues is to supply them with bottled water long-term is not my idea of a winning solution.
- Limit water waste and over usage in our own homes and lives. This water usage infographic is startling and profoundly enlightening.
- Plant more trees and support the planting of trees globally. Shade from trees slows water evaporation, and as trees transpire they increase atmospheric moisture. They help prevent water pollution and soil erosion.
Find some aspect of this water issue that inspires you and devote some time, energy, and resources to it.
But there’s also an additional aspect I think is worthy of attention and far less discussed. I believe we need to add spiritual/energetic practices as well. Love-and-thanks-to-water practices can take whatever form inspires you. The late Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work is certainly the most well-known for claiming human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water and returning it to a state of coherency, but many others hold this view as well. A simple thank you when you pour and drink a glass of water, or run your tap is an easy thing to do.
You may want to consider participating in the online gathering on March 22 called Bless The Water. And perhaps you’d like to find out more about the ancient Hopi message about water, as well as exploring other water-related articles here.
May the time be soon when all we share this planet with have access to clean, safe, abundant water.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have some water practices to share? Some ideas about what we can do? Ways to celebrate World Water Day? Do tell – you know I love to hear.