On this first day of Spring (Happy Equinox!), we’re excited to head into a season with many opportunities for action. With World Water Day on Sunday, March 22nd – and the kick off of Climate Justice Month (a climate justice initiative beginning on World Water Day and culminating on Earth Day), opportunities abound. Organized by the new climate justice initiative Commit2Respond, participants will make commitments to new long-term actions that will help us collectively shift to a low carbon future, advance human rights, and grow the climate justice movement. NW Earth Institute is also excited to be launching our new course on climate change in May.
In honor of World Water Day this Sunday, we are sharing Marsha Rakestraw’s reflections on water from the Institute of Humane Education’s blog: “Many of us take for granted washing our hands, using flush toilets, getting a drink of clean water, and having water on demand whatever we want. But more than 1 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water. In the U.S., the average person uses more than 300 gallons of water/day. In Mozambique, that number is a little over a single gallon/day. World Water Day, celebrated each year on March 22, calls attention to just how vital water is for every living being on earth. But exploring issues related to water, and taking positive action to solve water challenges for people, nonhuman animals, and the earth, must be a year-round endeavor.”
We couldn’t agree more. Want to dig deeper into water issues? Click here. Regardless of where you insert yourself in order to effect change, we are wishing you a happy beginning of this new Spring season!