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!
Stephanie Cassidy and the AWAKE Team
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.
Thank you from the Crew at 4EEE!
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,
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.