Rio Grande Water Walk

Hello!

We at Environmental Action Reaching Throughout Humanity (E.A.R.T.H.) 501©3 are reaching out to organizations like yours who are focused on environmental wellness, water and land rights, Rights of Nature, etc., and are calling for collaboration with and support for our movement towards gaining legal personhood/Rights of Nature for the Rio Grande River and its tributaries.

This post is an overview of the Rio Grande Water Walk, (from April 8th-May10th), and its mission, and will provide our contact information, our fundraiser, a Zoom invite for an onboarding call every Wednesday at 6pm, flyers you can download, print and/or circulate with your networks, and how to sign up if you’d like to walk with us or participate in one of the many events planned during the course of the walk. We look forward to hearing from you and collaborating for the health and wellness of the Rio Grande River and its tributaries! 

About the Rio Grande Water Walk…

A group of diverse  organizations and nonprofits are embarking on a great walk for the Rio Grande River in the pursuit of gaining its legal personhood/Rights of Nature. As you all know, the Rio Grande River is a major lifeforce for so many and the home to millions of lifeforms and diverse and unique ecosystems, and we believe the time has come where we must physically come together and begin the process of declaring it a valid community member in the eyes of the law, one that can be advocated for, protected and honored as such. 

Walk for the Water. Walk for the Rivers. Walk for our Future. 

Rio Grande Water Walk—Seeking Legal Personhood for the Rio Grande Watershed

Starting on April 8th, 2022, a diverse group of nonprofits, water protectors, and environmentalists will join in Santa Fe, NM, to set out on a walk spanning over 300 miles along the Rio Grande River to its headwaters in Creede, Colorado. The goal of this walk is to bring awareness to the need for legal protection for the Rio Grande River and its tributaries and to honor the health and wellness of the water through collective prayer and ceremony.

Along the way, we will clean up riversides, plant trees, hold awareness concerts and ceremonies while advocating for Rights of Nature for the Rio Grande in New Mexico and Colorado. Participants are invited to be present for any stretch of the walk, including events along the way, and there will be support vehicles, large buses for storage of belongings/gear, food and water, etc. The walk will begin in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on April 10th, and the destination one month later will be on May 10th, 2022, in Creede, Colorado.

The Rio Grande Water Walk will:

  • Walk over 300 miles while advocating for Rights of Nature for the Rio Grande and its tributaries
  • Educate people on Community Rights and Rights of Nature
  • Ask municipalities to adopt a Bill of Rights to protect the Rio Grande and its tributaries and their surrounding ecosystems.
  • Plant trees and clean up roads and rivers along the walk.
  • Promote and distribute information on Indigenous Rights, Freedoms and Practices.
  • Distribute literature about building community seed banks, regenerative farming, sustainable agriculture, and environmental challenges and sustainability.
  • Invite people to educational events, ceremonies, and rallies along the way that collaborate and celebrate diversity and inclusivity.
  • Weave a network of organizations focused on regenerative and sustainable living.

Why Rights of Nature For The Rio Grande?

The Rio Grande Water Walk believes that giving legal rights to The Rio Grande River will protect it for future generations to come. Rights of Nature is similar to legal human rights or even corporate rights in the way they are recognized in the courts of law. Rights for the Rio Grande River would include the right to legal personhood, independent right to flourish, right to exist, regenerate its vital cycles, and naturally evolve without human-caused disruption. Rights of Nature also provide for various subsidiary rights, such as the right to restoration, the right to its natural processes, and the right to ecosystem functioning without interference.

To learn more about the Rights of Nature Movement, visit www.celdf.org.  If you would like to join us as a walker, please sign up at www.water-walk.com and join our weekly Zoom call Wednesdays at 6pm MST, (invite at the bottom of this email).

If you are a corporation or organization who would like to make a tax-deductible donation or if you would like to contribute food, drinks, gas vouchers, camping supplies or anything else non-monetary, please contact Environmental Action Reaching Throughout Humanity (E.A.R.T.H.) 501(c)3 at [email protected] or call Nausicaa, Treasurer of E.A.R.T.H. at (575) 999-5487.

If you are an organization who would like to support our mission through promotion, please feel free to send us a logo and appropriate link and we will represent you on our website.

Can’t walk but still want to support this movement? Please donate to and/or share our fundraiser! https://gofund.me/c57ec0ff

You may also download our flyers, press release and map of the walk at www.water-walk.com.

If you want to walk with us, please sign up at www.water-walk.com and join our Zoom call Wednesdays at 6pm MST: 
Topic: Rio Grande Water Walk
Time: Wednesdays at 6pm MST
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Thank you so much for your involvement and we hope to speak with you soon!

In collective prayer for the waters, 

Nausicaa Bird and Chaitanya Massera of E.A.R.T.H. 501(c)3

www.environmentalsolutions.earth

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  1. So excited and honored to be a part of such powerful work with E.A.R.T.H. Thank you everyone who has worked hard to hold such a sacred space for us all to come into.
    May the Rio Grand open to us, each one and receive the contributions, voices, and prayers for Her to be seen as the sentient, loving, intelligent being that She is.
    My prayer is for the hearts and minds of those who can create this change on paper be moved to see the Rio Grand and Her tributaries with a compassionate heart and make these changes true and final for ALL the following generations.
    Mni Wiconi,
    Angelique

  2. Hello Community,
    I must apologize for not posting more we have been in spaces without service. Also, my focus has been finding a groove with things, the community and my body’s ability.
    Tomorrow we will be entering into Taos NM. Specifically the Tewa lands, also known as Kit Carson Park.
    There will be a weekend of festivities for Earth Day, not only will the Water-Walk arrive but also our relatives carrying the staff of the Global Peace Walk and for the liberation of Leonard Peltier.
    There will be workshops, educational speakers, performances and food offerings.
    This week we had three additional walkers join us with more coming.
    It has been an honor and privilege to be on this journey. I feel extremely blessed to have this beautiful opportunity to witness the Water working Her magic.
    This community of Water beings truly have been growing in intimate, exploratory, knowledge and wisdom based relationships with not only the Rio Grande but also our own internal Waters.
    It is so beautiful to witness our new paradigm being built moment by moment, trigger by trigger. Learning what it means to work together for the Water despite so many differences and origins of belief spirituality and perceptions. Water is uniting us and each and every wave we encounter is calming the Waters we flow in as a unit.
    You all would absolutely love this new Water family that is joining in a whole new way for all of our relatives.
    I wish I could incorporate pictures but have not figured that out yet. 😋
    We are all very strong in our convictions to drop deeper into our personal and interpersonal relationships with Water. From 19 years to 50 we share, meld, and move through these ebb and flows together consciously and extremely intentional know we are growing in these relationships for all of the planet and All Waters above and below.
    We will be meeting at the Park at 10:00am at 1201 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur if there is anyone who would like to join us.
    Thank you all here, for holding the Sacred space of Water for all our new relatives to step into.
    More updates to come soon.
    🙏🏼❤️💦🥰
    Blessings

    1. Dear Angelique, I just copy pasted all you posts that you did in the Activity Feed into separate blog posts for you. Let me know if you have more updates, just send me text and pictures, and I can post them for you! Much blessings on this amazing journey for and with the Waters! Looking forward to the expanded Water family, much love, Everine