“The river is everywhere.” ― Hermann Hesse,
My heart broke yesterday when I got the word that the mine in Silverton, Colorado had leaked contaminated water into the Animas River that flows through Durango and the beloved lands in the Four Corners Area. I watched in shock when I saw the orange colored waters flowing through the beautiful river banks that I have floated down and spent hours of time with friends on during river retreats. I have no idea of the impact that this will make on the flora and fauna, the recreation industry, the health and water quality for residents but I do know that I for now…
This water is not safe.
And when will the children be able to play in it again?
Will we ever raft this river with joyful abandonment like we did in the past?
Will we play and cool ourselves during side canyon excursions?
Will we return to retreat, rest and renew ourselves?
“The heart that
breaks open can
― Joanna Macy
And so what to do today with my broken heart?
Today I re-commit to working with people who are awake to make a difference. To help educate so that we can become wise stewards and vote to protect our sacred rivers and wild places. To get children out into Nature so they grow up to love the land and want to protect it. To help grandparents understand the important role they play during this season of their lives. To create opportunities for parents to unplug their children and give them the gift of eco-literacy through camp experiences and more.
Join me in caring for our planet in whatever way you can.
Helene Van Manen/ www.CoachHelene.com