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Happy World Water Day!!

Today is a beautiful day – every March 22nd is World Water Day and we wanted to use this opportunity to share the impact water has on peoples’ lives around the world as well as some of the wonderful people working towards a healthier and happier future!

I think we all know that water is an incredibly precious resource – it is a life giver in so many ways. When we were in North Dakota, we saw how unifying the fight for clean water is among so many different groups of people. One thing we have learned in this movement is that when we fight for our water, we fight for each other. Thank you for joining us in this!

Water scarcity is a real and imminent threat – South Africa is facing a protracted three-year drought, leaving at least 1 million Cape Town homes facing “Day Zero”. When this day arrives, their taps will be turned off and there will no longer be access to running water.And water scarcity is felt the world over.

Our very beings rely on water and on a healthier world. Sometimes the state of the world and the destruction of the nature around us leaves us feelings helpless. Still, there are wonderful people doing working towards a brighter future.

Gravity Water in Nepal and Thailand

In August of 2015, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershock that hit Nepal devastated much of the country’s infrastructure and killed thousands. Our friends at Gravity Water saw the need for a sustainable method of accessing clean water in remote areas. Combining rainwater harvesting, storage, and filtration, they worked with 5 communities in the Kathmandu District to build self-sustaining and energy-free systems in 2016. They’ve more recently expanded into Vietnam, partnering with Not Just Bamboo to complete 3 clean water systems in public schools and communities in the Northern Region of Vietnam. 

Ban Fracking in the Delaware River Basin!!

Here in the United States we see many communities struggling against pollution, fossil fuel extraction, and more threats to their water sources. Recently, the Delaware River Basin Commission proposed regulations banning fracking in the River Basin. Unfortunately, those regulations don’t protect ALL communities – they continue to allow for the exportation of water from the Basin to fracking elsewhere AND the importation of wastewater into the Basin for treatment. This is unacceptable – we cannot allow other communities to be harmed so we must tell the DRBC that we want ALL fracking banned from the Basin. 

Here’s where YOU can help!! The DRBC is now accepting public comments but they must be submitted by March 30th! Whether you are able to send a detailed comment or something shorter, please take a few minutes to submit your comments to the DRBC webform before March 30th!! 

If anyone has problems with the webform, please call Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS) at their office (845-252-6677) and they will help or fill it out for you.

Again, thank you for your fight, thank you for your strength, and thank you for joining us in this. Mni Wiconi! Water is Life!

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Cassidy and the AWAKE Team

Rick Berry Receives Outdoor Recreation Award

 Rick Berry Receives Outdoor Recreation Award

Bear Yuba Land Trust honors Rick Berry, Founder and Executive Director of 4 Elements Earth Education / Fox Walkers, with the “John Skinner Sierra Outdoor Recreation Award”.

The Award presentation will take place Thursday March 22nd, at this years Oak Tree Bash, a fundraiser for BYLT.

We hope you can join us in congratulating Rick !


It is an honor to be recognized for my work connecting youth with Nature. 4 Elements Earth Education and its signature children’s program “Fox Walkers,” could not happen without our amazing and skilled instructors and the families who have are committed to teaching their children love of the outdoors and respect for nature as a priority. 4EEE is very fortunate to have found a beautiful site at the Burton Homestead working in conjunction with BYLT and the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe. Our mission of guiding Families and Youth towards a pure connection with Nature is an invaluable service for our children and a way to give back to the land.. Thank you to this wonderful community and all that have supported our vision.

For more information about the Award Event view the BYLT article !

Thank you from the Crew at 4EEE!

View More Info Here

 

 

2018 Black Hills Unity Concert! Currently looking for volunteer team leads


Hello everyone!!

Just a note to let everyone know we are building teams and coordinating for Unity 2018 and beyond!! All of you have helped to get Unity to where we are today and my hope is to continue all of our work long in to the future.

We are currently looking for volunteer team leads as well as input on this year’s content.

Opportunities include (but aren’t limited to):
 
Assistance with fundraising expertise:
-has experience in fundraising
-is willing and capable of assisting with the organization of fundraising events (ex. smaller satellite concerts)
-can work with the existing grant writers to help coordinate all fundraising efforts

Workshop Coordinator:
-is earth conscious
-has knowledge of the importance of the cultural resurgence occurring with indigenous knowledge world-wide as well as Turtle Island.
-Is acquainted with the work happening in regards to cultural and environmental awareness.
-Ideally has some background with the education of others

Youth Volunteer Coordinator:
-someone with strong leadership skills who is passionate about giving the youth a platform, voice and direction.
-Able to help find appropriate volunteer roles for youth within the coordination of overall event
-Understands the challenges facing the youth of today
-Has connections with youth-led organizations

Transportation Coordinator:
-Reliable and fun-loving individual who can transport guests back and forth from the airport as well as on the event grounds
-Can build and organize a team to assist.
-Must have great organizational skills and a clean driving record
-Will work with production and green room in regards to performance schedules.

Guest Welcome Coordinator:
-creates a team to greet the general public at the gates
-has knowledge of the event set-up and offerings (ex. workshop schedule, concert schedule, camping areas) and can help inform guests
-keeps a general tally of numbers including:
  *number of campers vs. day trippers
  *number of concert attendees, etc.
-Assists the Hospitality team with regards to welcoming performers and honored guests.

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help with the operations of the event itself. If you feel a lead coordination role is not what you’re looking for but still want to contribute your time, please let us know!  There is always room for helpers 🙂

If you have any questions and/or are interested in joining Team Unity, feel encouraged to message me directly, message the Unity Concert Facebook page or respond to this email.

I’m excited to get to work with all of you!!

Liz Tiger
BHUC Hospitality Coordinator

On Facebook and Messenger as: Elizabeth Tiger
**ALSO** feel free to message the Black Hills Unity Concert Facebook page

In Honor of Grandmother Tsering

Dear Family and Community,

We received an email from Grandmother Tsering’s family:

It is with much sadness that I share the news of the passing away of my mother yesterday evening Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6:15 pm. According to the Tibetan Lunar calendar Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong was 89 years old born in the year of the Iron Horse. We have already notified His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and have requested prayer services in many of the major monastic centers.
Please could you share the news to everyone and in particular all the Grandmothers to hold mom in their prayers for a speedy and favorable rebirth. We are always thinking of everyone.
With all our love and regards,
Gelek Gyaltong.

Grandmother Tsering’s life was a beacon of hope to many. She lived her life with courage and heart!!! She inspired many through her deep devotion and humility.
Yesterday was a day to celebrate our Life Makers, the women of this good Earth. Grandmother Tsering exemplified the spirit of woman through her all inclusive love and non-judgmental acceptance of all. Her Light shined a way through challenging times and uplifted us to bring our prayer into action.
You taught us to stand up and Be the peace we pray for. We will miss you, Grandmother Tsering!
In loving memory from Jyoti & Darlene, the staff of CSS and the community of Kayumari.

 

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