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“The blue heart of the planet…”

This compelling, alarming, humorous, eloquent, and hopeful presentation in Long Beach, California in 2009 by oceanographer Sylvia Earle becomes ever more relevant to our lives with every day that passes.

River systems of the world / by Charlotte Bassin

These two videos offer well-orchestrated overviews of our diminishing fresh water. The first is from Netflix and VOX, with helpful charts. 18 minutes.  The second is a VICE Planet A video, with a slightly more political focus and a bit longer. 22 minutes. 

This is a recent BBC investigation (16 August 2022) into how water shortages are now brewing war.

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry,

the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.       

~ Khalil Gibran
Rawas River, Sumatra / by Jimmy Nelson

“Why are our young people dying? Corporate greed has killed our rivers and our communities…putting profit over life!”

Aboriginal artist and activist, Bruce Shillingsworth, at an October 2019 seminar in Sydney, speaks truth to power about the rapacious seizure of all water from the rivers that First Nation people have depended on for thousands of years. 

Mesopotamia. Land between the rivers. The Tigris and Euphrates. What is happening now in Iraq in this parching world? This report on September 7 from Basra details how the farmers and fishermen first try to cope with the lack of water. And then must move on…

Even our desert oases are severely at risk, as in this dry-eyed report about an ancient Moroccan oasis, from the Washington Post (15 September 22).

“One human life is deeper than the ocean. Strange fishes and sea-monsters and mighty plants live in the rock-bed of our spirits. The whole of human history is an undiscovered continent deep in our souls. There are dolphins, plants that dream, magic birds inside us. The sky is inside us.

The earth is in us.”        

~ Ben Okri, The Famished Road

Now to lean into solutions. First, from Israel, a creative approach to our global crisis of polluted water. How Israel became water abundant and drought proof. Water as a heavily subsided raw matarial…

Next, here’s a young man just out of college talking to high school students about his journey to become a changemaker for clean water.

I do not think a day passes in my life in which I fail to look with fresh amazement at the miracle of nature. It is there on every side. It can be simply a shadow on a mountainside, or a spider’s web gleaming with dew, or sunlight on the leaves of a tree.

I have always especially loved the sea. Whenever possible, I have lived by the sea… It has long been a custom of mine to walk along the beach each morning before I start to work. True, my walks are shorter than they used to be, but that does not lessen the wonder of the sea. How mysterious and beautiful is the sea! how infinitely variable! It is never the same, never, not from one moment to the next, always in the process of change, always becoming something different and new.

~ Pablo Casals

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