Global Water Crisis

"We warned that one day you would not be able to control what you have created. That day is here. Not heeding warnings from both Nature and the People of the Earth keeps us on the path of self destruction. This self destructive path has led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Gulf oil spill, tar sands devastation, pipeline failures, impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of ground water through hydraulic fracking, just to name a few. In addition, these activities and development continue to cause the deterioration and destruction of sacred places and sacred waters that are vital for Life."
-Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, The Great Sioux Nation, Oct 2013

“The days when Canadians take an endless abundance of fresh water for granted are numbered … Increasing average temperatures, climate change impacts on weather patterns and extensive changes in land use are seriously affecting the way water moves through the hydrological cycle in many parts of Canada, which is seriously impacting water quantity and quality.”

-Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade, 2011

“We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards. Under current trends, future demands for water will not be met.”

-Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, May 2013

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money."

-Cree Proverb

Dry Soils Leads to Extreme Weather (18min)

Global Temperature Anomalies: 1880 to 2012

NASA's analysis of Earth's surface temperature found that 2012 ranked as the ninth-warmest year since 1880. NASA scientists at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) compare the average global temperature each year to the average from 1951 to 1980. While 2012 was the ninth-warmest year on record, all 10 of the warmest years in the GISS analysis have occurred since 1998, continuing a trend of temperatures well above the mid-20th century average.

UN Official Warns of Future Water Shortage

Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon warned that the world might run out of freshwater unless better goals for biodiversity, sustainable development and water security are implemented. And he went on to mention the interdependence of the water cycle and natural biodiversity in the world's ecosystems. The amount of freshwater available in the world is being affected by climate change. For example, one of the world's sources of drinking water is glaciers, which are melting at a rapid rate...

About Mni

To all children of the earth who desire pure drinking water, a good quality of life and longevity for future generations, we invite you to join Mni in pursuing water justice and sustainability for earth mother and all that draw life from her. Mni in the Lakota language means water. Water is Life.

Water poster photo by Carla Rae Marshall, tipistola@gmail.com