- Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:45
- Written by Robin Broder
What an amazing weekend in DC! Thanks to the weeks of preparation by local Riverkeepers, artists and spiritual women, the Waterkeeper movement had one of the best presentations at the People’s Climate March.
In the weeks before the March, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Anacostia Riverkeeper Emily Franc, Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman and Waterkeepers Chesapeake joined Spring of Light and EcoHermanas at sacred water ceremonies on 3 Saturdays in April. The public was invited to participate in cooperative art-making led by visual artist Caryl Henry Alexander. Blue totems were created to represent the stories of our local rivers and the spirit of the water at the People’s Climate March.
On the eve of the march, the 30 totems were brought to the culminating Honoring Our Sacred Waters ceremony and festival on the banks of the Anacostia at Poplar Point. Waterkeepers from across the region and nation brought water that was joined together for a moving and inspirational blessing of the waters ceremony. The water collected represented waters from as far away as the Cook Inlet in Alaska and the Puget Sound.
Rabiah Al Nur of Spring of Light and Linda Velarde, a curandera from New Mexico, traveled on Anacostia Riverkeeper’s boat across the river gathering water along the way. Penny Gamble-Williams opened the circle with a Wampanoag wind blessing. Coracão Dance Collective, a local African dance group, performed a dance in honor of water. Then Linda joined her husband Guillermo in an Aztec dance and Rabiah led a circle dance. The evening closed with an amazing light display from the Detroit Light Brigade.
Over 200,000 people marched in the People’s Climate March in DC. As part of the Water Protector section of the march, the Waterkeepers were a sea of blue, with the 30 totems and a huge Great Blue Heron from Assateague Coastkeeper. The visual display was very effective in connecting what we all hold dear -- clean and ample water resources -- to the climate movement. In addition, our Spring of Light and Ecohermanas partners brought our water to the march to be joined with waters from across the nation and world.
The water ceremonies and the march were beautiful, hopeful moments. We are grateful to our local partners for sharing their commitment to building community and healing our waters at this critical time. We look forward to future collaborations. We thank Shelby Kalm of Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Sonia Keiner of Patuxent Riverkeeper for taking the lead in planning the events with our partners.
Together, Waterkeepers will work with our local communities, Indigenous Nations, workers, faith communities, NGOs, and many others to resist the federal administration’s attempt to roll back clean water protections, and to build a clean water and clean energy future that works for everyone.
Check out our photos on Flickr:
Watch this great video by Sandy Cannnon-Brown
- Monday, 10 April 2017 17:41
- Written by Mitchelle Stephenson
Of all the wonders that make the earth our favorite planet, clean water is the most beautiful and vital source of life.
Anyone who appreciates beauty can appreciate the Chesapeake Bay, and the need to protect its habitats. We have partnered with glassybaby, a small business that creates gorgeous, hand-blown votive candleholders in hundreds of colors and donates 10 percent of all sales to help people, animals, and the planet heal.
One of glassybaby’s newest colors, named “chesapeake,” is inspired by the beauty of the Bay. On each sale, 10 percent of the proceeds of ‘chesapeake’ will be donated to Waterkeeper’s Chesapeake to support the work of the 19 Waterkeepers from around the Chesapeake. You can get your glassybaby votive at the upcoming glassybaby pop up show.
Tuesday, April 25 • 4pm - 8pm
5218 Springlake Way, Baltimore, MD 21212
10 percent of sales from this event will be donated to Waterkeepers Chesapeake.
Can’t make it? Between April 25 and May 2, visit www.glassybaby.com to order. Please enter giving code ‘waterkeepers’ to receive free shipping (10% of your online order will be donated to Waterkeepers Chesapeake).
- Saturday, 25 March 2017 17:27
- Written by Robin Broder
People from across the nation are coming to Washington, DC on April 29 for a day of global climate action. The People’s Climate March, planned by an alliance that includes climate scientists, environmental organizations, faith-based groups, labor unions, indigenous groups, and citizen activists, is expected to attract millions to the nation’s capital as well as companion marches across the country and around the world.
The march will take place starting at 9 a.m. on April 29 at locations near the White House, National Mall and the United States Capitol. For more info, go to: peoplesclimate.org
In the weeks before the March, local Potomac, Anacostia and Patuxent Riverkeepers joined Spring of Light, and EcoHermanas at sacred water ceremonies on Saturdays beginning April 1. The public was invited to participate in cooperative art-making to bring the stories of our local rivers and the spirit of the water to the People’s Climate March.
The artwork created at each event will be brought to the culminating Honoring Our Sacred Waters ceremony and festival on the banks of the Anacostia at Poplar Point on April 28 from 6 to 9 PM — the night before the climate march with Waterkeepers from across the region and nation. For more info, go to Facebook event page.
- Friday night please attend the sacred Water Ceremony at Poplar Point (1900 Anacostia Drive, SE, Washington, DC). See map below.
- Please bring a sample of water from your local watershed. This doesn't need to be much, you can bring some in a small cup or vial (please no alcoholic containers).
- On Saturday morning, we will meet at the small fountain at Bartholdi Park, United States Botanical Garden at 10 AM (where Washington Ave and Independence Ave SW meet).
- In the event of a government shutdown and area closures, we will meet at the corner of Washington Ave and Independence Ave SW. Look for the group with the colorful totems for the Patuxent, Anacostia and Potomac Rivers.
- Traffic will be very congested. We recommend using Metro (Orange/Blue lines at Capitol South or Federal Center SW).
- After we meet up, we will walk to the Capitol building to line up for the March! Line up starts at 11 AM.
- Just in case you feel like there aren't enough great events to get involved with, Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake will be speaking at Scenario 300: Making Climate Cool!
- Scenario 300 is a strategy for going from a dangerous 406 ppm (parts per million) to a safer 300 ppm of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
- You can register for the event here.
Spring of Light: Rabiah is a medicinewoman whose Native American roots frame her work. She is called upon to facilitate ceremonies and women’s circles as well as opening blessings at conferences, retreats, and gatherings. Visit Spring of Light online.
EcoHermanas is a community of women that weaves and reconnects communities to Mother Earth. Visit EcoHermanas online.
Thank you to the Town Creek Foundation for supporting our water ceremonies and participation in the People's Climate March.
05.25.2017 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
State of the Rivers Party & Report Card with Midshore Riverkeepers
06.03.2017 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RiverPalooza SPLASH event - kayaking, rafting, tubing & party with Potomac Riverkeeper Network
06.04.2017 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
RiverPalooza - Antietam Creek Float with Upper Potomac Riverkeeper
06.05.2017 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
RiverPalooza - Birdwatching Paddle with Shenandoah Riverkeeper