World Water Day Celebrations

20 March 2015, 12:25 AM
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Barbara Hartford, one of the founding members of URI, shares this photo from the San Francisco fountain at Grace Cathedral, which was shared internationally alongside the story of how the Grace Cathedral Fountain was seeded by Waters of the World at the UN's 50th Anniversary Signing. 

The United Religions Initiative family engaged in celebrations worldwide in recognition and honor of the United Nations World Water Day, March 22nd, 2015. The following are a few accounts of how the URI global community celebrated.

Many members of URI Cooperation Circles took part in a telecast including H.E. Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury (founder of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace), Global Council Chair Kiran Bali, Global Council Trustee Chief Phil Lane Jr., Earth Dr. Reese Halter of Global Healing CC, and many members of the Environmental Resource CC. "From the banks of the Ganges in India to the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, this global link up will unite hundreds of events worldwide and will send a powerful wave of intention across our planet." - Uplift.

Water Blessing Ceremony at Inukshuk English Bay

A Water Blessing Ceremony for UN World Water Day was held at the Inukshuk English Bay, Vancouver, where First Nations People(s) included Environmentals, Elders and Tradition Keepers in many Faith Communities, and Social Change Stewards in the region. Global Council Trustee Rebecca Tobias and Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. took part, both of whom are part of Protecting and Restoring the Sacred CC (which includes Mona Polacca of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, who conducted the water blessing ceremony). 

Musical offering by Ta'Kaiya Blaney; Coast Salish Sliammon People and URI Indigenous Youth Envoy for the Environment to the United Nations.

The #LoveWater social media campaign was launched at the URI Circles of Light gala at for World Water Day, March 22nd 2014, as a project of UNIFY CC, together with Uplift. Members of the Environmental Resource CC workshop took selfies in cooperation with UN Water, which were shared worldwide with the hashtags #WaterIs Precious and #LoveWater. There were a number of videos produced of our workshop participants.

Global Council Chair Kiran Bali's video was one of the first produced for URI in honor of World Water Day.

Earth Dr. Reese Halter of Global Healing CC was another of the initial video participants in World Water Day.

The editing team at Unify CC and Uplift are putting together ten videos from the Environmental Workshop of speakers answering four fundamental questions: 

1. Why is it so important to raise global consciousness about water? 

2. What work do you do?

3. What are some solutions to the water crisis?

4. Even with the oceans in their polluted state, do we even have the ability to fix this problem? 

Raymond Enoch Nyayiti: Raising Global Awareness about Water

Janessa Gans-Wilder: Identifying solutions for the Water Crisis

Gopinath Ghosh: Can we solve the Water Crisis?

Feel free to please share these photos and videos as you see fit in the programs which each of you are taking part in on World Water Day and beyond! Other interviews on their way are: 

Raul Manani, Qewña Cooperation Circle

Tomoko Wanatabe, ANT-Hiroshima

Father Charles Odirya Kwanya, Kenya Interfaith Network on Environmental Action

Ed Bastian Ph.D, Environmental Resource CC

Sarah Quebatin Mandala Earth Story Project

Rev. John Denker, Environmental Resource CC

Samar Salma, Friends of the Earth Middle East

Cooperation Circles Involved

Environmental Network Cooperation Circle (ENCC)

"We envision a just and joyful Earth community and we are committed to realizing a world where people of all faiths will live in harmony and equality. Our purpose is to create wise environmental grassroots and global partnerships to aggregate, amplify, and catalyze moral imperatives among all traditions to live in sacred relationship with the natural environment and the community of life. To accomplish this, we will develop and implement programs and activities wherein participants will experience communion with all life and unity within the diversity of the world's religious faiths, spiritual expressions, and indigenous tradition."