Earth’s finite nature and limited resources coupled with humankind’s ability to extract, transport and utilize these resources at will, have led us to a precarious moment. Our waters are being corrupted; our forests are being destroyed. Our soils and hence our foods are depleted, due to harmful agricultural practices that do not replenish, but instead rob us of vital nutrients. We are facing an environmental crisis on a global scale that is causing the largest movement of human beings in known history as people seek sustainable lives for themselves and their children. In the midst of the destruction and chaos, we are becoming aware of our interconnectedness with one another and all life. We are realizing that human actions in one location have tremendous impacts on humans living elsewhere. And we are being challenged to change.
Debates rage over the need for conservation and protection of the environment versus the needs of energy, security and jobs. The hand on the till has been more vocal and more powerful than the hand on the tiller – until now. In the midst of the talk there are people who are taking action. There are people planting trees, and discovering better practices that will allow the earth to feed everyone. There are people doing the seemingly impossible, withstanding militarized police and governments bent on maintaining dying systems of energy, in nonviolent and peaceful ways. People are galvanizing a leaderless movement around the Earth and saying, “It is time for change”.
They are pursuing paths as Gandhi once invited us to, “Live simply so that others may simply live”.
This page will be devoted to sharing the work of people who understand that the simple solution is to love and honor the Earth as the gift that she is; that the sun and the wind can supply our energy; that fields sown by loving hands can yield the bounty needed for human survival; and that water is life.
We will be posting the struggles, the efforts and the victories here and you are invited to contribute by contacting us.
- Check out this new website to learn about protecting the water. We recognize not every pipeline is represented on this website, but we believe this is a good way for water protectors to communicate with one another: Water is Life Movement
- Recently invited to the Viroqua Area Rotary Club to speak about Echo Valley Hope and our time at Standing Rock. Pleasant to learn we are all working hard on keeping our water clean. Check out the good works and the fine efforts of Rotary International – taking on Lake Erie’s toxic algae problem.