Rise Up & Defend the Right to Protect Water
Honour Water with Mindful Conservation
World Water Day
Educate yourself about the current state of our waters and understand what is at stake when we waste water every day.
Wild Sacred Arts School of Ritual
Offer these prayers to water as you drink or shower, or stand before a body of water in nature. The more we can connect to being a part of our world the deeper we will feel called to protect it. May the waters know peace.
Water flows over these hands.
May I use them skillfully
to preserve our precious planet.
- Thich Nhat Hahn
The mountains, I become a part of it…
The herbs, the fir tree, I become a part of it.
The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters,
I become a part of it.
The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen…
I become a part of it.
- Navajo Chant
We gently caress you, the Earth, our planet and our home.
Our vision has brought us closer to you, making us aware of the harm we have done to the life-network upon which we ourselves depend.
We are reminded that we have poisoned your waters, your lands, your air.
We have filled you with the bones of our dead from war and greed.
Your pain is our pain.
Touching you gently, we pray that we may become peace-bringers and life-bringers so that our home in its journey around the Sun not become a sterile and lonely place.
May this prayer and its power last forever.
- Sensei Ulrich, Manitoba Buddhist Temple
Be the Action & Stand with Standing Rock - Send your prayers and support.
We have faced one obstacle after another and these obstacles are punctuated by a variety of slights and defeats, but it is not over. We are not defeated. We are not victims. An obstacle is also an opportunity. Together, we confront these obstacles; embrace these opportunities. Together, we rise. - Dave Archambault II remarks Native Nations march on Washington, D.C
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action on water issues. In 2017, the theme is wastewater and the campaign, ‘Why waste water?’, is about reducing and reusing wastewater. Read about the current state of the world's water waste: WORLD WATER DAY
Learn about Unseen Water
Water is in almost everything. Take your average cotton t-shirt as an example: it can take 2,700 liters to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt. While it’s important to fix leaky taps and buy efficient washing machines, we need to also be conscious of the unseen or “virtual water” we consume every day.
Don't buy Bottled water! Buy a reusable water bottle and home filtering system. Truth is, bottled water does more harm than good and is usually no better than tap water. Watch this informative video on The Story of Bottled Water From The Story of Stuff : who inspire and encourage civic engagement with social and environmental issues.
25 Ways to Prevent Water Waste
9 Things You Can Do to Save Water in the Bathroom
Check your toilets for leaks. Put a little food coloring in your toilet. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
Stop using the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue, or other small bit of trash, you waste five to seven gallons of water.
Put plastic bottles in your toilet tank. To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill them with water and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from operating mechanisms. In an average home, the bottles may displace and save ten or more gallons of water a day.
Take shorter showers. Long, hot showers can waste five to ten gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down, and rinse off.
Install water‐saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Your local hardware or plumbing supply stores stocks inexpensive water‐saving shower heads or restrictors that are easy to install.
Take baths. A bath in a partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.
Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep water pouring down the drain. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
Rinse your razor in the sink. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your blade just as well as running water. And far less wastefully.
Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even the smallest drip from a worn washer can waste 20 or more gallons a day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds.
6 Things You Can Do to Save Water in the Kitchen and Laundry
Use your automatic dishwasher only for full loads. Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads.
If you wash dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water.
Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.
Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful.
Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week and often can be repaired with only an expensive washer.
10 Things You Can Do to Save Water Outside
Water your lawn only when it needs it. A good way to see if your lawn needs watering is to step on the grass. If it springs back up when you move, it doesn't need water. If it stays flat, fetch the sprinkler.
Deep‐soak your lawn. When you do water, do it long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots where it will do the most good. A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly and tends to encourage shallow root systems.
Water during the cool parts of the day. Early morning generally is better than dusk since it helps prevent growth of fungus.
Don't water the gutter. Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas. Also avoid watering on windy days.
Plant drought‐resistant trees and plants. Many beautiful trees and plants thrive with far less watering than other species.
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture and discourage weed growth, too.
Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
Don't run the hose while washing your car. Clean the car with a pail of soapy water. Use the hose just to rinse it off.
Tell your children not to play with the hose and sprinklers.
Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets, and couplings. Leaks outside the house may not seem as bad since they're not as visible. But they can be just as wasteful as leaks inside. Check frequently and keep them drip‐free.