We celebrate World Water Day as a day when we can shout from the rooftop that it is time to look to our water and to remember that water is sacred. But at this time of overpopulation and changing weather patterns, World Water Day needs to be every day, for without water – we will cease to exist.
Our farms will dry up and blow away in the wind, our cattle will perish and our lands become worthless.
We cannot imagine a world without water – it is the source of our lives and the lifeblood of the Mother Earth. And yet we treat it as if there is a never ending supply. We waste it, throw our garbage in it, and allow it to flow into the sea without check during the rains.
Many say that the next world wars will be fought over water. And already we see signs of this in our own communities.
As climate change looms, and the weather patterns become more and more erratic we must stop viewing water as a resource and begin understanding that it is time to give back.
What does that mean to give back?
It means harvesting the rain as it falls, and channeling it back into the earth to be stored in the natural earth tanks – the aquifers.
It means respecting our water ways – cleaning our rivers and ponds and ensuring that contaminants no longer find their way into the precious water.
It means returning to the understanding that water is sacred – as we use it in all of our ceremonies whatever faith we follow – let us bring that honouring of our water back into our daily lives.
- Turn off the tap
- Repair the drips
- Don’t let that tank overflow
- Catch the rainfall
- Channel our grey water onto our gardens
- Keep our sewer water out of our water ways and aquifers
- Teach our children to respect water
- Wake up and see the water as our life
It is time that all people understand the importance of water – and our individual responsibility to care for it.
In this critical time everyone must keep every day as World Water Day.