This article first appeared in our Earth Day 2023 issue of My Green Pod Magazine, published on 22 April 2023. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
Rome’s Trevi Fountain is a triumph of engineering, not just a masterpiece of baroque art.
The vast, shimmering pool of water, which draws millions of tourists to the heart of Rome each year, was originally fed by an 18km aqueduct in a perfect harmony of science, nature and art.
Today, Italy’s water challenge is a different one. Low levels of rainfall in the Alps and the Po Valley, the vast northern plain which is home to the country’s agricultural sector, mean that lakes and rivers are drying up.
Sea water is encroaching up the river estuary, causing a problem for drinking water. In Venice, gondolas lie stranded due to the low level of the lagoon.
Tammy Scarlett, board member of the World Upshift Movement and executive director of UNIFY, the global nonprofit for world peace and impact, has a very simple message this Earth Day: ‘No water, no life. Know water, know life.’
Combining her Harvard education in anthropology and MBA studies with her time spent with Native American and First Nations communities, Scarlett promotes a return to ancient wisdom and nature to inform global systems solutions.
‘Water is the great messenger of existence on Earth’, Tammy says. ‘It connects all things. Above and beneath the land, in plants, in the sky, in our bodies. When we stand for water, we stand for all life. Solutions for humanity are already being found in our capacity to connect with water. Try listening to water today and see what message it might be carrying for you.’
This Earth Day, 22 April 2023, the World Upshift Movement is joining calls around the world that focus our attention on the liberating and healing power of water.
Preparing to address a worldwide audience during the Earth Day l Global Broadcast UNIFY is co-organising with participation from the World Upshift Movement, Tammy said: ‘The world around us is longing for a deeper relationship and connection with us, one of deep understanding and reciprocity. If humanity is able to shift our relationship framework with the Earth – from ownership to stewardship – we will be able to unite and heal our planet.’
Wells and reforestation
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Upshift Movement is working with Queen Diambi Kabatsuila and Dr and Master Zhi Gang Sha, founder of the Love, Peace and Harmony Foundation, to bring water to at-risk communities by drilling and constructing wells.
The first well was built in the village of Tshiole in 2022; 10 more wells, serving 60,000 people, are on the way.
‘Rural communities in the Congo have been devastated by the clean water crisis’, said Master Sha, ‘and we are humbly doing what we can to help them heal themselves.’
As Queen Diambi explains, ‘For hundreds of years, one of the most challenging problems my people continuously face is access to clean drinking water. When I received the news, I felt an explosion of joy, knowing that good health and opportunities for my people are on the way.’
The wells will mean that girls no longer have to take hours out of their day to walk miles and miles to collect drinking water for their families; those hours can now be spent in school.