Before the outbreak of Covid-19, NAMRA was planning on hosting Indigenous and allied water protectors, environmentalists, and climate activists at the University of Southern Maine to hold a community forum on the issues of water rights and climate change. This event was scheduled to be held in coordination with events that Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro-Impacted Communities was also planning on holding for the day in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Unfortunately, due to the recent pandemic, in the interest of public health, NAMRA decided to cancel scheduled events in Maine for World Water Day. We look forward to holding a similar event at a safer point in the future and we want to thank all of our allies, supporters, and volunteers for all of the work that they did in helping to organize these events.
While we were not able to celebrate World Water Day in person this year, we appreciated the opportunity to virtually see what other alliances and organizations were doing to celebrate this day. The issues of water justice, climate change, and our society’s extractive relationship with nature have unfortunately led to many recent pandemics including Covid-19. According to a recently published Guardian article, our society’s destruction and exploitation of natural resources and animals are at least partially responsible for outbreaks such as HIV, SARS, H1N1, and now COVID-19.
Hopefully, this can be a wake-up call for the world and make us question some of our problematic relationships with nature. Stay safe and stay well!