I hear there are threats to our water supply. What's that mean?

I hear there are threats to our water supply. What's that mean?

Yeesh, this is a good question, but an important one to start thinking about. We know that water in Indian County is considered sacred. We use it in ceremonies and in our prayers. For us water serves as a symbol of the interconnectedness of all life.

Some tribes are rich in water, and live in areas with a bunch of high quality water supplies important to fish, the environment, the economy, navigation and of course, the people. Other tribes like mine don’t have as many quality water supplies, and have to decide how they’ll use what little they have. But whether you are from a water rich tribe, or have very little water at all, the threat of global climate change is one we all have to face.

Our friends at UNM have a good answer for this. Here’s what you can do to kick this threat to the curb:
1.Be well informed and learn more about climate change. You can start here: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/
2.Rally other people to get involved and spread the facts.
3.Reuse and recycle more.
4.Save Energy.
5.Buy local products, eat traditional.
6.Get a water bottle and use it instead of buying new jars or water bottles each time. Probably save some $$ too.

7.Choose to walk, ride a bike or take the bus instead of driving.

Check out your own tribe’s or communities Natural Resources program to see how you can get involved!

Thanks for the question!
Auntie Manda


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