Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blog Action Day 2010 WATER


There is an injustice in our world regarding safe clean water. 



Some are only able to find drops of water . . . like these clinging to the crabapples.



The little wild and beautiful Solitary Vireo is not interested in a drink and flies away in a hurry. 



Water is a human right and every person on our planet should have safe access to clean drinking water.


Some people have waterfalls of water . . . simply by turning on a tap.





It effortlessly flows into our sinks and glasses. 



Are we aware and careful . . . thankful and thoughtful in our use of water?


This beautiful waterfall is about a seven minute drive . . .  down a steep hill and along a curvy, country road . . . from my home Flower Hill Farm. Many women and children in the world must walk miles and miles to find water . . . then home again. I am not certain of the mileage, but it would take most of half a day I would guess . . .  walking the distance to Chapel Falls to fetch water and return . . .  with rests along the way to help my back . . . perhaps longer . . .  when considering bathing and washing clothes . . . then some time to linger and appreciate the power and beauty of such a vital force. There would not be much time for this joyous reverie, as there is much work still to accomplish in the daylight hours. I would be lucky if there were no contaminates running off from a factory into the stream and falls. Certainly this line of thought makes me appreciate the immense value of refreshing, unpolluted water that runs so easily into my daily life. This year 'Blog Action Day' is focusing on water in hopes of raising awareness, for those who are without pure water. You can learn more about the important issue of water here. I am posting this a day early so others, who might not have heard of this action, might want to create their own post. I am keeping mine rather simple, but there are some truly inhumane efforts against vulnerable peoples in the world, by those who would bottle or try to own all rights to water . . . shockingly even rain that falls into containers. We can always call our politicians and let them know that justice around water rights is very important to us. I am also offering this as my Blooming Friday post where Katarina has chosen a theme of wild and beautiful. Visit Roses and Stuff to see other blogs from around the world.

33 comments:

Ginny said...

I recently read Tracy Kidder's book "Strength in What Remains". Tracy Kidder tells the story of Deo who grew up in Burundi. Deo's family had to travel for miles to get water. I know that it is the same in many, many places in the world. Tracy Kidder's book "Mountains beyond Mountains" also addresses the issue of clean available water in Haiti. We live in the lap of luxury compared to so many places in the world. Thanks for this post.

joey said...

Well said and beautifully scripted, Carol. Thank you.

Edith Hope said...

Dearest Carol, This is a most worrying and apposite posting since I do believe that access to clean water is increasingly becoming a global concern. Already, as you say, countless thousands of people spend most of their day fetching water whilst others waste so much of this precious resource. Just as our energy supplies are in the hands of faceless multi national companies, our water supplies may yet fall into the wrong hands.

What a splendid cause that you raise awareness of here!

COUNTRY GAL said...

Beautiful photos ! Yes we really dont realize how lucky we are compared to others in the world and yet alot of us take it all for granted ! Have a great day!

Ellada said...

BRAVO.

And beautiful pictures.

FlowerLady said...

Water is most definitely a precious commodity. We all too often take it for granted because we've never had to live with the hardships of getting it to our homes.

Your pictures are lovely, peaceful and powerful all at once.

Thank you ~ FlowerLady

Madame C said...

Very important text you have written today. Of course I signed in!
Have a great day!

leavesnbloom said...

Good points raised Carol and a lovely set of photographs to go along with the text. I just found out about the 15th from reading over at Tammie Lee's Spirithelpers blog.

Randy Emmitt said...

Carol,

Don't get me started! Why do you think I will not buy Coke or Pepsi water. They are part of the problem, I don't buy any of their products.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Beautifully said and photographed, as alway, Carol. Well done.

One said...

Thank you for sharing this important message. People are getting greedy. Someday, someone would want to own the moon as well.

Great shots of birds with dew drops.

africanaussie said...

carol,
thanks for making me aware of this iniative. We really do not realise how lucky we are to have clear clean water available. Lovely photos by the way!

Cat/The Whimsical Gardener said...

Thanks for raising our awareness Carol. It is so easy to take our natural resources for granted; I appreciate the reminder of how fortunate we are and how we can advocate for others.

Tammie Lee said...

I so agree with you, a great injustice. The basic needs of all life could be met if it were a priority. You have shown the truth and beauty of this in such a gorgeous way. Thank you for sharing the value of water with us!

Gail said...

A beautiful read and such an important issue, gail

Carol said...

Thank you all for supporting this urgent cause. We are all so blessed.

Right on the mark Edith and Randy!

It is amazing really how we are all caring about important issues and yet do not realize that the companies we support are sometimes involved in horrendous exploits of native peoples and lands. They are also, as Edith points out, trying hard to control our freedoms... basic resources from water to open internet. We have a great deal of power for change with how we spend our dollars and being in touch with our elected officials.

Carol said...

Oh, Ginny . . . Tracy lives right here in our village. He is a remarkable human being and the books you mention are such important works.

Kathy (gardeningAngel) said...

Carol, What a wonderfully post on water! I love how you used your own access to water as an example of the hard work many must do just to have a daily drink of something vital to their very lives. Thanks for participating as I know you're so concerned about our world.

My Blog Action Day post is here: http://gardeningfornature.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-action-day-2010-water-from-sky-is.html

Kiki said...

Gorgeous...what a beautiful post! I love the bird..what a beauty! Wonderfully inspiring post as always! Hugs
kiki~

noel said...

aloha carol,

beautiful post, yes i agree water is precious even here in hawaii where most of us in the east side rely on water catchment systems collected from our roofs to use gardening, showers and even drinking with proper filtration...it is very important here also.

Ruben said...

So much beauty - and right by your doorstep!!!
Have a nice birdwatching day!
/Ruben

viola said...

Really great pictures and beautiful nature !
Have a nice week end
:)

sweetbay said...

I can't imagine the struggles that many people in the world have with day to day living.

It's a shame our country can't set a better example for developing countries, by developing more "green" technologies. Although few wanted to listen to him at the time, J. Carter was right...

Les said...

Thanks for the beautiful reminder of something far too many of us take for granted.

Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Carol, What an important message you share today. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to add our support! Pam x

Mia said...

I'm afraid and ashamed of my self. I only have to open the tap and water comes pouring out. Have to admit I seldom think of those who hasen't got it.. Lovely pictures Carol :)

kanak7 said...

Dear Carol, reading your post on water reminds me of the scenes that I see around me. In our country it is a very common sight to see people carrying water. Many areas rely on the rainy season. That's when the wells, springs, streams and rivers have more water. Winters can be bad. Although I'm blessed (as far as water is concerned) I use recycled water for my plants. Water that's used for washing rice,lentils, veggies and fish go to the plants. Traditionally water used for washing fish is used for beans and all vegetables of the gourd family.

Your photos and text are beautiful. Now I'll remember Blog Action Day. If I had come here earlier, maybe I could have done a post too.

Have a great October, Carol!

hagenpahytta said...

Thank you for food for thought and beautful pictures, Carol - like water to a thirsty soul :D

First frost in my garden last night. Possibly snow by end of the week. Brrrr!

Katarina said...

A very important topic, Carol! We've got plenty of clean water i our part of the world - while others are lacking - and on top of that we take it for granted. It's very sad.

Anki said...

Very beautiful pictures.

Sarah Laurence said...

What I enjoy most about your photography here is the motion - a quizzical look, the feeling of flight and the gushing of water. Nice to tie it to a message too.

Thanks for your sweet words about my loss.

ryan said...

Great waterfall, lovely photos. It gets to me how much we undervalue water. Wish I'd been able to post on the action day.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

This is incredible, Carol. I'm not familiar with Blog Action Day BUT now that I am I intend to participate next year. You are so right about water - it's a passion of mine as well. Great post! FAB photos!

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