I'm So Thirsty
The standoff at Standing Rock between First Nation tribes and the oil industry that stopped the Dakota Pipeline on native lands made visible what is happening with water resources across the world. Local communities living near pipelines face contamination of groundwater. Add polluted factory farm runoff to toxic oil spills and you get water that's making people sick. Oceans are being poisoned by plastic and nuclear reactor meltdowns, even as mega corporations are squandering precious water resources in the name of profit.
If we all become Water Protectors — we have a future. But it's our only option. Water flows from streams to lakes to rivers to seas and oceans. And it flows inside of us. Money, objects and power will never quench our thirst, or dry our tears when the land is soaked only with the spilled remains of ancient forests and extinct giants.
Share this list to create momentum for change, because it's not just one river a stake. Take a look at the map of oil spills since 2010 below, and see where your community stands. Take a deep breath. Take a sip of water. And be willing to look our future in the face. We have a long way to go to make Standing Rock the rule rather than the exception. But rest assured, all healing starts with awareness.
01. First, a water prayer for our time...
Mique'l Dangeli, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies at University of Alaska Southeast, walks us through a water prayer to get us back in balance with mother nature.
02. How the nation's artists stood with Standing Rock
As the events at the Standing Rock pipeline protest unfolded, artists banded together under the hashtag #NoDAPLartmovement to share messages of solidarity, support, and resistance. Those messages helped reach mainstream Americans where the mainstream news failed.
03. Map of oil pipeline accidents in the United States in the 21st century
An oil pipeline below a river safe? Think again. This map shows hundreds of oil spills since 2010. The link leads to a comprehensive list of pipeline accidents in the United States in the 21st century.
04. Toxic tour in Ecuador
Read/watch this immersive story from Nina Gualinga, an environmental and indigenous human rights warrior, on what happened when oil companies came to her community in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
05. The hidden costs of fossil fuels
The costs of coal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels aren’t always obvious— but their impacts can be disastrous.
06. Water is sacred
Before we can save water from our own destruction, we must change the way we see it. Watch the FILM 'Water is Sacred’ by Bruce Lipton and rapper Prince EA.
07. How does water pollution affect humans?
Is Your Water Clean? Numbers reveal everything.
08. Herbicide in waterways turns male frogs into females
A filmmaker was curious about chemical exposure while pregnant, so she asked a frog scientist to brief her on one chemical he studied closely: an herbicide used on corn that spills into waterways. What she found out explains why boys, like male frogs, are becoming feminized.
Listen and watch Inuk throat singer Tanta Tagaq express the feeling of retribution coming for destroying Earth’s sacred resources. She's primal and raw in voice, faciality and dance, warning the careless and arrogant of punishment that may be inflicted by Mother Earth for crimes against Nature. Hint: she's been hanging out with Bjork.
12. Six technologies that produce clean, safe drinking water
Computer chips and offshore plants help desalinate some water supplies.