On International Water Day, we offer this blessing from our dear friend Pierre Pradervand….
Seventy-five percent of the planet’s surface and close to 70% of the human adult body is constituted of one of the most amazing substances ever created, possibly the most amazing on our planet – water. Just to list its main properties would easily cover two pages, so I will not even start! Yet humankind has been squandering, privatizing and polluting it at an amazing rate, so much so that one-quarter of the world now faces extremely high water stress, where more than 80% of the available supply is withdrawn every year, according to a 2020 report from the World Resources Institute.
I bless myself and humanity in general in our wise use of this incredible gift of Providence.
I bless us in seeing that all life on the planet depends on it – and hence totally respect it wherever it may be.
I bless us in our firm intention to pool our divine intelligence and immense resources of all sorts to devise ways to avoid squandering or polluting it needlessly.
I bless the multinationals, which are privatizing water and often forcing the poorest of the poor to pay for this gift nature offers free to all, that their leaders allow Grace to kindle their compassion, that they may reconsider and revise their policies.
And I bless the public in its readiness to change its purchasing habits to support those companies that have a non-exploitative policy towards water use and commercialization.
I bless the scientists and others working to cleanse the oceans, lakes and rivers in their creativity that they may devise ever more efficient ways of protecting this God-given resource.
And I bless politicians everywhere that they awaken to the critical state of world water, choose to put this issue high up on their political agenda, and especially that they may have the courage to exert maximum efforts to achieve this aim, whatever the political cost.
Pierre Pradervand, author of 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World