We’ve heard it all before — WATER is vital for all known forms of life, right?. So it came as no surprise for our Environmental Comm. class to hear Taos-area advocates emphasize that the health of rivers and waterways is crucial to our survival. Our water supply is in peril, especially where drought conditions worsen. Having an opportunity to come to New Mexico to study environmental issues and how advocates get these vital messages to the world is eye-opening. In Taos where, the water runs down the mountains, through the age-old acequias of the pueblos, and through the Rio Grande and further, presents goose-bump moments, when I consider our ties to the earth and our need to be extremely protective of what we have left. I have gained an appreciation for every drop used. We can learn much from the Pueblo Indians about respect, reverence and conservation of water, which they deem sacred.
Integrity, and following old traditions while applying new technology can help us take action to prepare and preserve water for the future. No more poor behavior and bad habits. It’s time we think about our daily actions. We’re all connected, regardless of superficial boundaries. The current environmental statistics indicate that humans consume at rates that are unsustainable for the planet.
In taking this environmental class lead by Professor Flournoy, I have gained a new found passion for my surroundings and have met many leaders who inspire us to take action and make a difference!
Many times the public wants the end result first, the fix, the best outcome for future generations. Moving forward, whether it’s tiny little Taos or big old Texas, how society frames the issue of this diminishing resource, will determine our future. What kind of earth are we leaving our kids? Our grandkids?
Driving into Taos, the Carson Forest Monument says: CARSON NATIONAL FOREST; LAND OF MANY USES. Multiple, sustainable uses, and the action of working and thinking together? It’s as if the wilderness is calling us to recycle and repurpose. To respond to that call, that thought, will no doubt help us address our intimate relationships with water, and other pressing environmental issues.
“What could make a person strong is to understand completely where you come from, understanding who you are. What your village has to offer, your history, your traditions and your customs. That is why the land and water issues and fighting for the acequias is so important for recovering from substance abuse.” by Chellis Glendinning