Our second mission, Agents, is to become acutely aware of water’s role in our lives and then develop habits to save as much of it as possible.
“In the end it does not matter who you are... for we all drink from the same world-wide well. There is a beauty in every drop of water, and when water flows together it is powerful, capable of creating amazing change. We are water. And together, we create change.”
-Takaiya Blaney, Sliammon First Nation
Water connects us to all life, present, past, and future. The water that makes up our bodies was once a glacier, the ocean, the falling rain. Each droplet once composed a leaf, an ancient species, another human being. And one day, it shall be these things again in new ways.
Human beings are 65% water. Water is what protects us in our mother’s womb, and water is the most vital resource for life to exist. A human being can live for more than three weeks without food but only 3 days without water. And yet, just a tiny fraction of water on Mother Earth is fresh and drinkable - less than 1% of the water on our planet!
In the modern world, however, the reality of how precious water is can be easy to forget. Water surges through our sinks and bathtubs with the flick of a hand. Because of this privilege, it can be easy to allow so much good water to drain away without ever being used or fully appreciated.
Agents, our second mission is to love water for its many gifts, learning where our water comes from, and then saving as much of it as possible. In every activity we engage in today with water, let’s be mindful of how precious water is to life!
First, identify which watershed you live within. Where does your water come from? (You can quickly find which watershed you live within here!)
Then, identify ways you can appreciate, protect, and save as much water as possible!:
- When you brush your teeth, turn the water off when you are not using it between brushes.
- Try to only run full loads of laundry and dishes.
- When you shower, think of all the moments where you really need water’s help, and when you don’t. When you lather your hair or your body with soap, or when you’re shaving, consider turning the water off until these stages are complete and shorten your shower by even a few minutes.
- Wash vehicles at a carwash that recycles and filters pollutants out of the water.
- Be mindful of what you put into the drains! All products make their way to our waterways eventually, impacting entire ecosystems and even ourselves.
- Buy products that are biodegradable, non-toxic, and do not contain plastic microbeads.
- Consider letting your yard go through natural draught phases, or having plants that don’t need as much water in your yard.
- Capture the rain in rain barrels and use this water for your yard or garden.
- If possible, consider “letting the yellow mellow” when you use the toilet to minimize flushing. (But of course “let the brown down”!)
Get your household involved and work as a team! Who can love water and save it the most? Talk with all members of your living space to work with you on this goal. Add notes by every water source as a reminder of this new and important habit!
Share your experiences on the Compassion Report Map to inspire others and amplify the power of your compassion for Mother Earth!
Good luck, Agents!