It is time for society to start adopting more sustainable ways of living, and water is at the heart of that. Wild rivers are being destroyed, and some governments, agencies, and people still fail to see water as anything more than a commodity. Floods and droughts grip the land, and still society belies the idea of interconnection.
It is time for a paradigm shift, for humans to realize that they have been pushing water resources past their limits.
When the miraculous molecule an entire empire, and an entire world, is built on is no longer available in clean, accessible quantities to future generations, something with the mainstream society’s relationship with water is deeply wrong.
Water, that vital substance that bubbles up from hidden springs in oak nurseries where moss grows thick, and slips down Douglas Fir hillsides into mirror lakes, will keep humans alive if they treat it with careful thought and reverence.
Water has always been the difference between life and death, boom or bust, and it will be the difference once again between a sustainable future or perhaps, no future at all.
(words & photos: ella jaz kirk)